Stampin' UP! Thoughtful Branches
It's the THIRD Monday of the month and that means it's time for a BONUS Stamp Review Crew. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators focused on sharing a ton of ideas focusing on a single stamp set. This week we're featuring Thoughtful Branches. You have likely come from Linda Callahan on your way through this amazing hop. If you get lost, simply click on the banner for a list of participants and get back on track.
Where do I begin? I LOVE THIS SET! Of course Lovely As A Tree is my all time favorite stamp set. It's been around since at least 2000, and maybe even before. 16 years is a long time for a single stamp set to last! So when I saw another stamp set of trees I thought - oh no! Not a set to be competition with my favorite. But then it occurred to me that it's really not that similar. They both have a line of leaf barren trees and a single pine tree. They both have a tree bursting with leaves. They both have a singe leaf. But LAAT is more realistic where as Thoughtful Branches is more artsy. And you certainly CAN'T make a beautiful Hydrangea from LAAT. This set can be summer, fall, winter, spring and so much more. Let's see what adventures we can have with it.
I'm just sneaking under the wire with my Christmas in July creation. I just can't help myself. This set had my mind whirling with possibilities. In fact I have 6 more cards that I'll post over the next month. I hope you don't get sick of them. Although I know this really isn't a Christmas set, and these aren't really traditional Holiday colors it's so perfect with the matching Thinlits die set. It's available for the month of August only or while supplies last so hurry to get yours before they're gone!
Step by Step Tips:
- My first step was to ink up the line of trees with our Basic Black waterproof ink and, starting from the left, stamp off the edge of the 5 1/4“ x 4” piece of Whisper White card stock. I left enough room so I'd have room for the sentiment on the bottom.
- Then I picked out my color palette. I recommend using only three colors for this type of modern look. More colors would be more traditional Holiday. Click the image to see it full size.
- Start with the tree on the far left and stamp the lights on it, skip two trees, and stamp the same color again, etc. until you run out of trees. Clean the stamp and repeat the process with your next color. It's way faster than stamping a tree, cleaning the stamp. Inking the stamp. Clean the stamp. New color. You get the picture.
- The sentiment is from a retired host set called Good Greetings. I usually try to ONLY use the set that featured, but this set had no Holiday related sentiments.
- The tag is pretty self explanatory I recommend cutting your paper in a 2“ strip first, and the stamping the image. The To: & From: stamp is from Wonderous Wreath.
Next stop on the Hop is Yapha Mason's Blog where she'll
wow you with her beautiful design skills.