Copper Trees? Why Not?!

It’s less than a week before the holidays start! Today I’m uber excited because my kids will be performing in their Chanukah play and I know it’ll be adorable. One of my kids will be a candle and the other will be a Greek. Should be adorable. They get so excited to perform on stage. Personally, I’d be terrified, but they always get over their stage-fright and enjoy it so much. We can learn a lot from our kiddies….

For today’s card I wanted to use some of the new copper embossing powder. I’ve also sorely neglected the stamp set, Totally Trees. I’m really hoping this stamp set doesn’t retire and carries over to the next Annual Catalog. There’s so much I can do with it…we’ll have to wait and see! In the meantime, I’ve inked it up for the card today.

Totally Trees stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Watercoloring

Watercoloring is so trendy right now. It’s been trendy for a while and it’s getting more and more popular since it looks so gorgeous. Luckily, it’s not hard to do. LOL. Also, like with everything in life, the more you do it, the better you get.

I started with Shimmery White card stock, which I embossed in copper. I then used Cherry Cobbler and my aqua painter to paint some ink over the tree. Much to my surprise (and watercoloring is full of surprises) the watercoloring came out pink instead of red. Oopsie. I really wanted a red card. I let it dry and went over it again with Cherry Cobbler ink and it got a bit darker, but still pink. See, watercoloring is an experiment no matter how often you’ve done it. I’ve never watercolored with red before so now I know! And now you know, too. LOL.

The reason why I wanted the watercoloring to be red is because I wanted to use more of my Warmth and Cheer designer series paper. If you had a chance to see my post on Monday, I shared that I am loving the paper and sad to see it retire in a few weeks.

Totally Trees stamp set by Stampin' Up!

My card features as much as the Warmth and Cheer paper as I could put in without overdoing it. That’s always a delicate balance, isn’t it? Pretty, without overwhelming. I also brought in some of the copper foil to highlight the copper in the tree.

A pretty doubled bow in Cherry Cobbler baker’s twine finishes off the project and adds some whimsy to it. Of course, I can never stop there. When I was done I splattered some gold “Wink of Stella” over the whole project to give it that “ Shabby Chic” feel. I can’t resist. It brings the whole project together!

Wishing you a most fabulous last few days before the holidays. I cheated a bit and bought some of my holiday food ready-made. I never do this since I don’t like eating processed food (bleh) but sometimes we’ve got to give ourselves a break, right?

Happy Preparing,
Love,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Totally Trees, Endless Birthday Wishes (sentiment)
Paper: Warmth and Cheer, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Copper Foil
Ink: Versamark, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Copper Embossing Powder, Aqua Painter, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine

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