Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March 2016 Mixed Media Card Challenge - Trees

It's the 1st of March - and along with the new month comes a new Mixed Media Card Challenge.  Shery has chosen the theme Trees with the optional element of Birds.
I used both elements on my Mixed Media Card this month - using stencils, inks, embossing paste, stamps and a die cut piece of lace!
First I used the WV Checkmate stencil for the background sponging over it with WV Tree Branch and Blue Sky Inks.  Then I used WV Layered Tree stencil and added the tree sponging over the stencil with WV Potting Soil ink.  I mixed a little bit of WV White Embossing Paste with a drop of WV Fern Green re-inker and rubbed it through the leaf part of the Layered Tree Stencil with a palette knife.  The Happy Birthday is from Crazy Talk stamp set and the text is from Ledger Script, both by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous. The stripes at top and bottom were made using WV Dots and Stripes stencil with WV Watering Can Ink.
  I had a strip of die cut lace on my work table  - (cut some time ago to use, but then didn't!) - it's cut using Vintage Lace Die from Tim Holtz and I used Linen Vellum Cardstock - so it's a little see-through - and seemed perfect sitting over the stripes stenciling there at the bottom! (Kent thought it was a fence)
The birds are another stencil - Some Birds from ArtPlorations.  I had meant to stencil them before stenciling the leaves on the tree - but forgot to - so I stenciled  them on either side of the leaves.
So I made a 2nd card with the birds flying behind the tree as I originally intended - a little more realistic perhaps?   I like both versions!  Kent, on the other hand, likes the first one with the birds on either side of the tree because he says he can tell they are birds.
Here's a close up of the birds - flying behind the tree!
So- please join us this month and link up your tree mixed media card over at the Mixed Media Card Challenge!  You'll also find lots of inspiration there from the rest of the talented Design Team!
Stamps:  Ledger Script and Crazy Talk - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  White, Linen Vellum Cardstock - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black,  Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink Watering Can, Sky Blue, Potting Soil, Tree Branch and Fern Green Re-inker.
Accessories:  Vintage Lace Die - Tim Holtz/Alterations, Stencils - Wendy Vecchi Layered Tree and Dots and Stripes, ArtPlorations - Some Birds, Palette knife, foam dots.


Becca Cruger said...

Oh this has Wendy Vecchi written all over it. :) So cool and very springy!

Mona Pendleton said...

Fantastic card Julia! Your tree looks awesome! Love the checkerboard background!

Deb Riddell said...

Wonderful cards Julia, love the checkerboard backgrounds! Deb xo

Lee-Anne said...

Loving the checkerboard stencil...and how you used it! Beautifully designed, Julia!

Annette Allen said...

love everything about this card.. awesome laying of images.. i love it

Redanne said...

The birds look good either in front or behind the tree, I like both. Love the stencilled tree too! I really love your new blog header too! Hugs, Anne xx

Pamellia said...

Beautiful Julia! I love the ombre style colours in your checker board background, and your birds look like they're floating over the surface. Stunning! hugs :)

maria f. said...

Way to go you stencil maniac ;) Love those subdued colors.

Loll said...

Fantastic mix of stencils on this gorgeous card Julia! xx

Bonnie said...

I love how you've incorporated all these media into this sweet scene, Julia! Amazing!