Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Birch Trees

With the first week of autumn under our belts, I guess it's time to pack away my capri pants and embrace the season. Not that I don't like fall, but I do have to admit that I'm sorry to see the days getting shorter and shorter here in the Midwest.

One thing that makes me feel better, though, is seeing all the leaves change colors on the trees. It's gorgeous outside these days, and 11131MC Leaves & Trees Clear Set is such a lovely way to capture that transformation with stamps:

Nancy Baier of Shady Tree Studio, who drew the beautiful images in this set, also made a gorgeous card showcasing the Birch Trees stamp (9461J in wood mount):

She watercolored it using Distress Ink and created the background paper with the leafy cluster stamp from this set (although the leaf trios in 11131MC could be substituted):

Nancy explains more about this technique, along with her card design process, in an interesting and informative post here.

For a brighter, bolder look, she emphasized the oranges and blues instead (and changed the orientation) in another watercolored card:

Prior to joining the Inky family, Nancy had included the Birch Trees image in one of her own Shady Tree Studio stamp sets. The size was slightly larger than our version, which you may have spotted in the cards above and below.

You could certainly use the same ideas, of course. I just wanted to explain the difference for those of you with eagle eyes...and it's also the reason this card contains an alternate saying:

Speaking of eagle eyes, did you notice the above card was made by Anna Wight? She graciously offered to let us post her lovely project for you to enjoy.

Most of the time, you probably see images stamped on white cardstock. Anna's version was done on kraft paper, which makes the white of the tree bark and clouds really pop.

Would you like to see more of Anna's work? Besides visiting her wonderful blog, we invite you to return here on Sundays in October. Yep, now I've spilled the beans about our next Inky Guest Designer and cannot wait to show you soon!


Nancy said...

I am thrilled to see Anna's beautiful card here and equally excited that she is October's guest designer!

Anna is so talented and inspiring ~ such a treat!

Sue D said...

Beautiful fall cards. I like the distress watercoloring on the first two and how Anna stamped on kraft. Looking forward to Sundays with Anna.

Dee in N.H. said...

Beautiful cards! Those birch trees are so pretty!

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