Thursday, September 9, 2010

Using Twine

Hi Stampin' Friends. Today I needed to do a card using twine for the Ways to Use It Challenge on SCS. We are doing fall cards at Scrap & Share at the Roanoke Rapids Library on Saturday so I went with the fall colors.

Lovely as a Tree is one of my favorite stamp sets in all seasons but especially in Autumn.

I used the Rock & Roll technique to ink the stamp. I used Close to Cocoa on the trunk then inked the leaves with More Mustard. Using my Stampin' Spots I rocked the pads on the tree working from light to dark. There is a great tutorial on SCS here.

Once I had inked up the stamp, I held it out and spritzed some water over it. (Don't spritz directly on the stamp because it makes it too wet.) Then I stamped it on some watercolor paper. I used a blender pen to fill in the tree trunk and blend the leaves a bit. I also used a blender pen dipped in the corner of the ink spots to make "leaves" on the ground.

My twine is a bit of raffia that was hiding in my ribbon drawer and a piece of hemp twine. I wrapped and tied them together.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Three Little Words
Ink: Close to Cocoa, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Early Expresso
Paper: Watercolor, Early Expresso
Acc.: Raffia, Hemp Twine

I know that Fall is around the corner because the days are getting shorter and I can see some changes in the trees. I am really looking forward to some cooler weather to go along with it!

That's all for today. Hope you had a fine day and got to make something pretty!

With inky fingers,


Emily Keaton said...

Gorgeously CAS, Bonnie!! I love your rock & roll technique for that lovely fall tree. The colors are fantastic! Your twine is the perfect touch :)

Sarah C. said...

Love the mixture of warm fall colors for the tree! That twine adds just the right bit of detail. Wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful example of the rock and roll technique, Bonnie. I love the way you mixed the twine and hemp, too. Pop over to my blog when you have a minute - there's a surprise there for you!

Colleen Dietrich said...

I'm glad you told us how you did this tree. I'll have to attempt this. I like all the extra detail you gave to an already-lovely image.