Tuesday, April 20, 2010

MFT VIP Hop (Winter Sheltering Tree card)

MFT Sheltering Tree mel stampz

Well, it's a different card with a bit of the same ol' same ol'
...scratching things, sewing on beads, some text in there somewheres...

(...and poor sad Squirrel is sooooh lonely)

fret not friends, Squirrel has buddies!
There are other critters in the set he lives in... Owls!

Tonight is the launch of 2 brand spankin' new My Favorite Things
sets that are sure to be pleasers. I can barely wait for you to see
everything the MFT team made with them. DrooL!

You can see it all in the MFT VIP

If you aren't already hopping, and you'd like to
be, please start here on Kim's blog.

If you're already hoping, then
Sherrie is next in the hop!
(I can't wait to see what incredible creation she's made.)

...make this winter Sheltering Tree card:

to make the winter scene:

Step 1) Make a custom digital paper background:

1A) Print the snowflake paper from MFT's Winter Digital paper collection (I increased the contrast & printed at 20% size....in gray scale or just black & white on my printer--I like the fast setting. It saves a lot of ink.)

1B) Add some colour & shading texture to make a stormy sky: Scribble some Copic marker ink (C7 Cool Gray no 7) onto an acrylic block. Pick it up with a very wet colourless blender & stipple it onto the background paper (I used the broad chissel end to stipple.) Add Frost Blue B00 Copic as well. Distress the edges with black ink.

Step 2) Make a snowy hill with text on it:

2A) Print some cardstock with a text image (to make your own text paper)

2B) Cut it into a curvy hill shape.

2C) Shade it with Copic markers, or whatever you like to colour with. (I used Copics: B00 Frost Blue & BG10 Cool Shadow)

to make the sheltering tree:

Step 1)
Emboss the tree trunk (in clear):

Stamp the tree in Versamark (or other clear embossing ink)

B) Cover it in clear embossing powder & melt that with a heat gun

C) Sponge Distress inks (or other colour) over the clear embossed tree. (I covered it in Antique Linen Distress Ink.)

D) Go over the Distress inks with a damp water brush. Add darker colours of distress ink, to shade. (This one was shaded with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.)

E) Let the wet distress ink dry some & cut the tree out (I cut the bottom in a wave, to make it look like it was sitting in snow.)

F)Scratch fine bark lines in the tree trunk using a paper piercing tool (dragging it to make grooves in the paper.)

G) Add deeper bolder shadows with Copics or other markers. (I used: E44 Clay; E71 Champagne; & YG91 Putty and an overhead marker (non-permanent marker [Staedtler lumocolor black marker] which sounds weird but was fun because using water over it made neat colour effects: it bled out kind of like Distress Inks.)

a little funky maybe, but it was fun to make. ;o)

to make it snow:

Step 1) Add snow to the tree branches: Tear & cut bits of text paper & glue them on. (Looks downright horrendous from the back, but hopefully cool from the front. LOL)

Step 2) Pierce holes in the sky for beaded snow (or add dots with a gel pen, if you don't want to stitch.) :o)

Step 3) ...Stitch on the beads...

to make the Squirrel:

Step 1)
Stamp the squirrel
(This nutty little dude comes in the Sheltering Tree set too, he's stamped in Brushed Corduroy Distress ink & embossed in clear embossing powder.)

Step 2) Colour him. (He's just painted with more distress inks)

Step 3) Finally, add glittery ice to the snowy tree & the ground (I Put glue on the snowy branches & sprinkled with Glitzy Glitter)

...and that's it for the card...


Last but not least,
MFT VIP kit & new release info:

MFTs "Top Shelf VIP" kit is available only tonight

The kit has these goodies in it:

  • Top Shelf stamp set (Who's That Girl)
  • Top Shelf ribbons (7/8” grosgrain in white, black, wisteria, grey, sunflower) MFT NEW EXCLUSIVE PRODUCT. This is a “BLIND” addition to the kit. You will be one of the FIRST to receive and use this product! It’ll be a happy surprise!
  • Top Shelf Sentiments FREE ($9 value)

Also available tonight (April 20th at 10 PM EST)

  • Sheltering Tree stamp set $17.95 (used here)
  • Sheltering Tree digi paper pack $3.95
  • Sheltering Tree 4.5" square box

Thank you for stopping in!
I hope your day/night is filled with joy.


Barb said...

love Love LOVE the tree, Mel! And the squirrel is so cute... not to mention the beads, the custom background, the...

StampOwl said...

oh what fun ... I love your winter scene!

Karen Motz said...

GASP!!!!!!!! PURE genius to create a winter card! Thanks for the fab tutorial too!!

Kelli Hull said...

O!M!G!!!!!!! This is SO stinkin CUTE and I said, "awwww, poor squirrel!" when I saw him FREEZIN... he must be a procrastinator like me, lookin for his nuts!!!!

mekei said...

what a beautiful work of art. i'd love to sit with you and create.

Anonymous said...

O M G!!! What a fantastic card! You rock GF!

Anonymous said...

lovley card!! and all those beads!! wow. like the "hill", too.

kksb said...

Way to go Mel. I swear you and snow go together like bees and honey! IMHO there are quite a few really good paper crafters in blog land, but lady you are UNTOUCHABLE when it comes to snow and what you can do with a winter scene.

g said...

so incredible! what a darling snow scene! thanks for all the steps- it's way cool to see how you create these lovelies!

Rufus said...

Love the tree and the tutorial. Can't believe you sewed all those beads on! Poor little squirrel!

Unknown said...

I love the tree... and thanks so much for the tutorial!

Thanks for Sharing!!

okj83 at live dot com

Anonymous said...

Brill card, thank you for the tutorial!

Dawn said...

totally darling! love it... amazing as usual!!

Agata said...

WOw! It's always a delight to stop by on your blog! incredible card, with so many lovely details! Thanks for sharing the details!

Megan said...

Very cute, I love how the squirrel is popped!

Kelly Booth said...

WOW...This is AMAZING....Just LOVE LOVE this FAB Creation!!!

Julie said...

Absolutely stunning Mel! I am loving the snow on the tree and the beads are just perfect. This is the only place that I want to see snow until the fall though!

Christina Fischer said...

I knew you'd come up with something amazing!! What a great way to use this set! As always, every detail is perfection!

Barbara said...

Leave it to you to think out of the box! Stunning, Mel, just stunning!

Melody said...

Amazing and inspiring!

Michele B said...

Wow, Mel! I love that you created a winter scene! And those beads...I can't believe you stitched all those babies onto the paper! LOVE it!

Christine Blain said...

Unbelievably gorgeous card!! I love this to bits. The paper, the squirrel, the text, the tree, the sewing .... love it all.

Manasa said...

Oh Mel...thanks so much for your comments, I am just a beginner and your encouraging comment mean a lot I feel on cloud nine :)...I am an absolute fan of yours , I check your blog daily for your cutest pieces of work...they are so gorgeous...