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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Whimsical Trees stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first, third, and (sometimes the fifth) Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  The number of participants varies from hop to hop, but the ideas are plentiful as we take a stamp set through its paces.  By the time you've traveled through the hop, you are sure to find a number of innovative ways to use the featured stamp set.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!

To see the line up of artists for this week's hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Nikki's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you are probably still shaking your head at the simple beauty of Lou's project.

One of the things that drew me toward purchasing the Whimsical Trees stamp set and coordinating Christmas Trees dies was the fun shapes of the tree stamp images and the tree dies.  I could immediately see so many ideas for using this fun bundle.  When you live in Florida, you see groups of pine trees and palm trees but not the tall trees and firs of the North and especially the magnificent trees of the great Northwest forests and mountains.  In my mind, I can still see the snow covered trees surrounding Lake Tahoe and hear the boughs creak from the weight of the snow and ice.    

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This card begins with a piece of Vellum cardstock embossed using the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder.  Versamark ink was lightly tapped over the embossed vellum and sprinkled with Gold Stampin' Emboss powder.  The embossing powder was melted with the Heat Tool and the vellum adhered to a panel of Basic White cardstock the same size as the vellum.  The vellum and cardstock was then adhered at the center of a slightly larger panel of Evening Evergreen cardstock and adhered at the center of the Soft Succulent card front.  A strip of Evening Evergreen patterned paper from the Tidings of Christmas Designer Series Paper was adhered across the embossed vellum with the bottom edge of the strip 1/2" above the bottom edge of the vellum.  

Now it's time to make some trees:

  • The triangular shaped tree image was stamped on two pieces of Basic White cardstock using Evening Evergreen ink.  Once the ink dried, the dotted image was stamped over the trees using Versamark ink.  Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder was sprinkled over the trees and melted with the Heat Tool.  The trees were die cut using the corresponding triangular tree die
  • A piece of Soft Succulent patterned paper from the Tidings of Christmas Designer Series Paper was die cut with the tall tree die.  The bottom of the tree was die cut with the bottom of the tall tree die to achieve a tree that's 3-3/8" tall
  • A piece of Soft Succulent cardstock was die cut with the tall tree die and then embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder
  • A second piece of Soft Succulent cardstock was die cut with the tall tree die.  The bottom of the tree was die cut with the bottom of the tall tree die to achieve a tree that's 3-1/2" tall.  The tree was then embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder
  • A piece of Evening Evergreen cardstock was die cut with the tall tree die.  The bottom of the tree was die cut with the bottom of the tall tree die to achieve a tree that's 3" tall.  The tree was then embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder
  • A piece of Basic White cardstock was die cut with the tall tree die.  A piece of Evening Evergreen cardstock was die cut with the open bough tree die.  The Evening Evergreen tree was adhered over the Basic White tree using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive -- sliding the Evening Evergreen tree down the Basic White tree until the openings in the Evening Evergreen tree are filled with white.  Once the adhesive has dried, use Paper Snips to trim away the excess Basic White cardstock that extends beyond the outside edges of the Evening Evergreen tree

Four (4) trees were adhered to the card front: 

  • The tallest Soft Succulent tall tree was adhered to the left side of the card front with the bottom edge of the tree 1/8" above the bottom edge of the Vellum and the widest point of the left side of the tree 3/16" from the left side of the vellum
  • The Evening Evergreen/Basic White tree was adhered to the right of Soft Succulent tree, slightly overlapping the Soft Succulent tree.  The tip of the tree is 3/4" below the top edge of the vellum and 1-5/8" from the left edge of the vellum
  • The triangular tree with gold dots was adhered over the Soft Succulent tall tree and Evening Evergreen/Basic White tree with the bottom edge of the tree 1/8" above the bottom edge of the vellum and the widest point of the left side of the tree 3/8" from the left side of the vellum
  • The Soft Succulent patterned paper tree was adhered to the right of the Evening Evergreen/Basic White tree using Stampin' Dimensionals, slightly overlapping the Evening Evergreen/Basic White tree and triangular tree with gold dots.  The bottom edge of the tree is 1/16" above the bottom edge of the vellum and the widest point of the right side of the tree is 7/8" from the right side of the vellum

The "Joy" greeting was stamped on a piece of Evening Evergreen cardstock using Versamark ink.  The ink was covered with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder and the powder melted with the Heat Tool.  The cardstock was die cut with the banner die from the Tasteful Labels dies.  A piece of Basic White cardstock was die cut using the banner label die.  The banner label die was adhered behind the banner die so that the inverted point of the Basic White banner tail extends 1/4" beyond the inverted point of the Evening Evergreen banner.  The remainder of the Basic White banner (extending above the top of the Evening Evergreen banner) was cut off with Paper Snips using the top of the banner as a guide.  The banner was adhered at the upper right corner of the vellum with the right edge of the banner 1/2" from the right edge of the banner and the top edge of the banner flush with the top edge of the vellum.  A bow made of Gold Cord from the Simply Elegant Trim was adhered below "Joy" using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.

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The "Wishing You Christmas Cheer & Magical Moments That Last All Year" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of a Basic White panel.  The remaining three trees were adhered at the lower left corner of the panel:

  • The Soft Succulent tall tree was adhered at the lower right corner with the bottom edge of the tree flush with the bottom edge of the panel and the widest part of the left side of the tree extending slightly beyond the left edge of the panel
  • The Evening Evergreen tall tree was adhered to the right of the Soft Succulent tall tree with the bottom edge of the tree flush with the bottom edge of the panel.  The trees will overlap slightly at the bottom center
  • The triangular tree with gold dots was adhered centered over the Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen trees with the bottom edge of the tree flush with the bottom edge of the panel

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A piece of Soft Succulent patterned paper from the Tidings of Christmas Designer Series Paper was adhered to the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope.  Paper Snips were used to trim the excess paper using the edge of the envelope flap as a guide.

I hope you've been inspired by the project I made using the Whimsical Trees stamp set.  Card Measurements and Supplies I used to make this card are provided below.  You can see another project I made using the Whimsical Trees stamp set and Christmas Trees dies by clicking here.

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Card Measurements

Basic White:  2-1/2" x 5", 2 @ 2-1/4" x 4-1/4", 3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 3/4" x 2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Evening Evergreen:  2-1/2" x 3-1/2", 1-1/2" x 2", 2" x 4"; Soft Succulent:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 2-1/2" x 5", 2-1/2" x 4"; Vellum:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Tidings of Christmas Designer Series Paper:  3/4" x 3-7/8", 1-3/4" x 4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Simply Elegant Trim (Gold Cord):  8"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  Whimsical Trees; Inks:  Evening Evergreen, Versamark; Cardstock:  Basic White, Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, Vellum; Designer Series Paper:  Tidings of Christmas; Embellishments:  Simply Elegant Trim; Tools:  Metallics Stampin' Emboss Powder (Gold), Heat Tool, Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder, Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder, Christmas Trees dies, Tasteful Labels dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope

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Rubber Redneck

Gorgeous Mickey! I love what you did on the inside too. :) I love our trees here so much too.

MIke

I love the cluster of DST (Designer Series Trees) but the star of the show is that gorgeous background. Brilliant technique!

Lou Kitzelman

I love this Mickey. The touches of gold really make this card look so lush. x

charlet

So beautiful Mickey! I'm sad to see this bundle go.

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