Good Afternoon! Well the time has come … to say farewell to our longest serving Stamp Set – Lovely as a Tree!
Lovely as a Tree
For years we’ve joked about the sets the carry over into a new catalogue and Lovely as a Tree is one of those sets! The usual comment would be “looks like Lovely as a Tree has made it again”. However the time has come to retire this wonderful Stamp Set.
It’s been a staple since Stampin’ Up! started here in Australia in 2006! It’s my last remaining set still in its original Clamshell Case. It’s shared many Christmases, Father’s Days and Birthdays with us. It’s been a ‘go-to’ when needing a Masculine card.
I described it to a dear Demonstrator friend when making today’s cards as “it’s like the last original cast member of your favourite long-running TV show leaves the show!”
It got to be rather emotional making these cards I’m sharing today.
Not only are we saying goodbye to Lovely as a Tree but also to the Brusho powders …
I really had lots of fun (and messy fun at that) in making these cards.
Brusho Resist Technique
- Heat Emboss the trees onto Watercolor Paper using Versamark, White Embossing powder and your Heat Tool.
- Allow to cool. Spritz with water till water pools. Sprinkle Brusho powder over water pools and let it do it’s magic. Tilt cardstock to let colours blend.
- Leave to dry or dry with Heat Tool
Remember, when using Brusho that ‘less is more’. You can always add more powder if you desire but it’s very hard to take it away and when using more than one colour it can get ‘muddy’ if you use too much powder.
My first card I used just the Blue powder and this second card I’ve used Orange and Red powders.
If you use the Heat Tool to dry your brusho/water you can manouvre the water to keep it intense in some areas and lighter in others.
Now you might wonder why I didnt just do the Brusho on the Watercolor Paper first then just Stamp and Emboss over the top. I did it this way so that the crystals and some of the colour will stay inside the embossed sections of the image.
You can get a cool Mosaic type look when doing it the way I did like this piece …
If you look closely at this panel you can see that some sections are the red where some are blue and some are varying shades of those colours.
Once your panel is done it’s easy to add a moon using a dauber and Whisper White Craft Ink. I did punch a circle from a piece of Post-It so my moon was nice and round!
FYI: I specifically left the sentiments off these cards to show the full effect of the the Brusho Resist Technique.
I will be sad to see the Brusho Powders retire. However we have our very own Watercolor Pigment Sprinkles coming in the new catalogue! They’ve been developed by Stampin’ Up! and in our own colours! So that’s exciting!
Do you have your Catalogue yet?
The new Annual Catalogue is just weeks away from launching! Do you have your copy yet?
Dont have a Demonstrator? I would love to send you a copy of the Catalogue and be your Demonstrator!
Thanks for stopping by and see you latte ..