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by Julie Brooks

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Saturday, 27 February 2016

Just chillin' out

Hello everyone, happy Saturday, I hope you're all having a lovely weekend.

So, I have another card to share with you, which I made for my brother-in-law's birthday earlier this month - he loved it!

I'd recently had a few days' stay in a very peaceful environment where I was surrounded by lots of tall trees and I think the inspiration for the backdrop came from there.

The papers I used are from a 12 x 12 paper pack by Papermania called "Birdsong", which I bought several years ago. I fell in love with the beautiful designs in this pack but have actually only used one other sheet until I made this card. Sometimes it's really hard to use the papers because I love them so much and don't want to cut them up!

So, I covered the front of the 8 x 8 card with one of the papers and then used parts of two other sheets to make the trees and grass using dies from two of Karen Burniston's die sets - "All Seasons Tree" and "Garden Bench" (for the tufty grass). I also used one of Tim Holtz's Alterations Texture Fades embossing folders from a set called "Springtime Background & Borders" for added texture in the grass. I used some Pumice Stone Distress Ink to kind of raise the texture away from the background a little and also inked around the edges of the foliage in the trees.

The hammock image is a Little Claire stamp which again I bought several years ago - I think the set might be called "Just for Men" but I can't be 100% sure. My brother-in-law has a hammock so it was perfect! So I coloured the image with Distress Markers and hung it between the two trees.

The last couple of bits on the front are the die cut bird on a branch (Intricutz Die by Couture Creations - Secret Garden Collection "Sparrow on a Branch") and the sentiment - no idea of make, I have so many and am very bad at putting them back in their packaging!

Then inside I used another sheet of paper for the background and used my "negative" from my die cut tree as a stencil to ink a "naked" tree onto the paper using Distress Inks. I also used the tree foliage/cloud dies from the Karen Burniston set as stencils and inked through them with Distress Inks to create the foliage.

Another bird on a branch, two sentiments - oops, one of them isn't quite straight, but hey, nothing in life is perfect and as Mr Holtz would say "embrace imperfection" - and the card was finished!

I was really pleased with how this turned out and, as I already mentioned, my brother-in-law loved it - and that's what it's all about!

Well, short and sweet today (just like me haha!).

Have a great weekend everyone, take care.

Julie x