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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Four Seasons - a tree for any season or occasion

UPDATE-October 13, 2010:  The Heart 2 Heart Challenge for this week is to create using 'leaves and trees.'  These cards created using the Four Seasons stamp set are some of my favorites.    

One of my favorite stamp sets is the Four Seasons set from Close To My Heart. The set contains four trees - one for each of the seasons of the year. The Spring tree has small buds, Summer is very full of leaves, Fall has fewer leaves with some falling to the ground, and Winter is a bare tree with falling snowflakes around it.

To create this card, each season's tree was stamped using a 'seasonal' color. The sentiment - which complements the images so well - is from the Make It Count set and is stamped on a piece of Vellum which is attached over the trees, giving a muted look. This lovely card was inspired by one shared on the CTMH Artwork bulletin board where consultants share their creations with each other. It is a fabulous place to get creative ideas.

Using an open circle 'mask' to sponge different ink colors to create a moon is much easier than it looks. Then, simply stamp the Fall tree in front of your "harvest moon" for a gorgeous card that can be used for many different occasions.

If you would prefer something a bit more 'light hearted', use a heart stamp to create leaves on the Spring tree.

This simple Christmas card was made using the Winter tree and a piece of patterned paper from the Aspen paper packet, along with the Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder for the background.

The simplicity of this stamp set is what adds to its versatility.

12 comments:

  1. Wow! All awesome cards!! Love the autumn, harvest moon card the best ... enough to lift it!!

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  2. WOW Sheila these are all amazing. I LOVE this SS but I think I have only used it once. All your uses of it are amazing. I especially love the second one and am with Kathi on the 'need to lift it' :-). Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  3. Great cards - and I thought I'd talked myself out of getting that stamp set - you're not helping ;-) I especially like the first card, that quote is perfect with it! TFS!

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  4. Beautiful! I love this stamp set also, though I don't own it :( I love all of your cards!

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  5. I LOVE this set. I love the one with the 4 trees together but if I had to pick one it would be the winter tree.

    In fact, my whole wedding in December got its inspiration from the bare branches of winter trees.

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  6. oh my goodness, I luv trees, your card creations are adorable.....great work..have a fabulous Friday!

    enjoy *~*

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  7. CUTE CARDS!! This was one stamp set that I just HAD to have, and have YET to do anything with! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  8. Your cards are terrific. Love your style.

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  9. These are great, you have been a busy stamper. I love how you showcased the versatility of this set, great work and thanks so much for playing with us at H2H this week!

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  10. Love them all! I couldn't even pick a favorite! Beautiful colors, designs and images. Thanks for playing along with us at Heart 2 Heart challenges!

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  11. Wow, great cards. Thanks for sharing with us on Heart 2 Heart Challenges.

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  12. This set is one of my faves, and I love all that you've done with it!

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Thanks for your comments! It is always nice to hear some feedback. :)