When I saw this week's sketch, I knew exactly which stamp I wanted to use. I briefly toyed with the idea of using Jar of Love, but decided to stick with a classic, and my original idea, of using Lovely as a Tree. Did you know that Lovely as a Tree is the oldest set in the catalogue? It's been around for over 15 years and is STILL one of the best sellers year over year in the Stampin' UP! catalogue. Stampin' UP! Co-Founder Shelli Gardner has gone on record stating that it will never retire!
I can see why! It's a classic! There are no sentiments in the set, but it can be paired with almost anything and it's so versatile! Need a Christmas card? Lovely as a Tree. Need a Thank You card? Lovely as a Tree. Need a Thinking of You card? Lovely as a Tree. Need a Sympathy Card? Lovely as a Tree. Need a......well, you get the point!
Today I used the single tree (I'm calling it a mighty oak!) for a birthday card. :) I have my "man class" coming up in May and it never hurts to get ahead on class planning!
I started off with a base of Basic Black Cardstock and added a layer of Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper. Off to the left of the card there's a second smaller layer using a different DSP from the same pack. It's a little hard to tell with the black on black but I used the same DSP for the small strip as I used for the inside of the card.
I tied some linen thread (that's acceptable for a man card, right?) around the layers and stamped the tree in Delightful Dijon onto Very Vanilla. It was cut out using the Stitched Framelits and sponged. I added a banner of Delightful Dijon and one of Very Vanilla where I stamped the sentiment from the Sale-A-Bration set, Designer Tee in Archival Black Ink.
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Back to the card:
I added a piece of the Urban Underground DSP and a layer of Very Vanilla with sponged edges. I also stamped the small leaf image from Lovely as a Tree.
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What do you think?
STAMPS: Lovely as a Tree, Designer Tee
INK: Delightful Dijon (retiring soon) and Archival Black Ink
PAPERS: Very Vanilla and Basic Black Cardstock; Urban Underground Specialty DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponges