Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Summer Tree


There's a new sketch challenge over at 

I went will the image and all and got to use this
NBUS tree that had been languishing in my NBUS box.

Somehow whenever it waved at me and said "use me, use, me" 
I shook my head and put it back.

It's now a happy tree!

I die cut it from a piece of saturated watercolor with lots of greens.

The trunk didn't look very good in that green, so I colored it and the branches
with a SU Marker and used an Aqua Painter to smoosh the color around.

Then I touched up some of the leaves with a darker green marker
and painted some ground underneath before stamping the sentiment.

I stuck it on a background piece colored with the

GRAB OUR BADGE!
ANYTHING GOES


I'm glad you stopped by today.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Special Wishes (PB)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Markers, Soft Suede, Garden Green (all SU)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Other: Arboscello Tree Die (MB), Simply Scored (SU)


23 comments:

Brenda said...

I'm glad you used this NBUS tree Bonnie, cause it sure is a pretty little tree! I love how your card came out, it is so peaceful. Your sun and sky look amazing. I can picture me sitting under that tree reading! lol Hugs, Brenda

jimlynn said...

It really is a happy little tree! I think all trees with green leaves are happy and this one is just so pretty. Love the shadow under the tree. Fabulous!
Lynn

Greta said...

I love tree images & how you used this one, Bonnie! Lovely card!

Loll said...

So pretty!! LOVE your bright, sun-shiny background. And your tree is so pretty. I'm glad you finally listened to it!! :) xx

Liz said...

A lovely card. I love the simplicity of the tree against the beautiful background. xx

laurie said...

I'm glad your tree is happy..sure looks awesome on your card! Great background!

Pat said...

This is a pretty tree Bonnie and the pretty background highlights it beautifully. I think the green is a lovely colour and I think I agree with you about darkening the trunk. The scored lines on the card base frame it perfectly. x

Jill Norwood said...

Love this sweet card! The smooshed background is so pretty!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Indeed, that is one happy, happy tree smiling from branch to branch! And, Bonnie, wow, your subtle watercolor wash for the sky and ground is perfection!! Hugs, Darnell

Maxine D said...

This is beautiful Bonnie - love the background, it makes the tree really 'pop'.
Blessings
Maxine

scrappymo! said...

Gosh Bonnie...I love the background you created behind this beautiful tree.Great idea to colour the trunk with markers...it looks fab!

Faith A said...

A happy summer tree

Bożena Adamusińska said...

The tree of hope :-) We can take refuge in the safe boughs. A tree provides us access to the elements of earth and sky, which symbolically express the colors green and blue. We can also bathe in energizing golden sunshine. You made so much the symbolism in your card ... I love her and I thank you for it.
hugs,
BozenA

Karen Mead said...

Your card is beautiful Bonnie and I love yoru happy tree:) xx

Deepti said...

Gorgeous ! Love the colors and the Kraft base :)

Linda said...

I love the tree ...... and the inky background too. Gorgeous card! xx

Gloria said...

Bonnie, this card is amazing!
I love this tree and color!
Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers Sketch challenge !

Barb Ghig said...

As always, your card is absolutely beautiful, Bonnie! I love your tree and how you blended your inks in the background...so lovely! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at ATSM!

Susanne Vargas said...

Love how this tree looks in front of the watercolored background! Very happy looking, indeed! Mine is still in the NBUS box...
Thanks for your visit today!

MaryH said...

Great use of the NBUS tree (think I have the same NBUS- aren't we lucky that Our D. came up with this term?!) Love the sunlight filtering through the green leaves and the grounding looks wonderful too. TFS (and yes, I'm ooh-ing over the watercolors too!)

Birgit said...

Bonnie, your card is fabulous! I love the inked background and am so glad you were finally able to put this sweet tree to good use. It's a beauty!! Thanks so much for joining the Happy Little Stampers Sketch Challenge.

sue t. said...

What a great background for that wonderful tree. Awesome card! Thanks for playing along this month at Happy Little Stampers!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love this tree. And I admire your patience for coloring all its parts!