Friday 14 April 2023

Birch Trees Birthday

Hi everybody.  A masculine card for a recent birthday and I decided to use a NBUS Birch Trees stencil from Dutch Doobadoo, and also a stencil by Lavinia called Laurel and one of the Acetate Hill Masks from a set by Lavinia,  and also a die by Sue Wilson called Trailing Ivy, bought a very long time ago and not sure if it is still available.

I started by blending ink through the Birch Trees stencil using a couple of Distress Inks called Broken China and Mowed Lawn, and I also used some pencils to accentuate the colours in the background and also to add some colour to the trees, very sparingly, and using a lead pencil I added a few lines on the trunks and also outlined them to make them stand out.  I did make the hills a bit darker with some more ink using a little Dusty Concord DI through the stencil, and added a bit of yellow behind and above the hills for a bit of sunshine.  After I had finished this I got a piece of kraft card just a little smaller than the white 7" x 5" card and ran it through my machine to embossed the Laurel onto it..I ended up using the debossed side and accentuated the stencilling with some copper wax from Pebeo.  I then die cut the ivy and a birthday sentiment backed with Stick It adhesive and added some of the wax over these too.  I then put the card together adding the ivy down each side of the birch tree topper, and the sentiment in the little bit of space underneath. 

Thank you for visiting me here today and I'll see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

NBUS Challenge - Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
The Male Room Challenge - No. 173 Stencil and/or Dies.
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 48 Layer it Up.
Happy Little Stampers April Birthday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Happy Little Stampers April Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes.
Stencil Fun Challenge - Anything Goes/Patterns.


Aquarius said...

Great work with the stencils and die cutting for this masculine card.

Julie B said...

I do love that stencil and you've made a fab vignette with it and the embossing and die cuts. I can see a couple of birches in the hedgerow when I look through the bedroom window, always eye catching.
Thanks for sharing at HLS Birthday. :)

Viv said...

What a perfect card for a man birthday Pat. Adding the colour to the trees has worked beautifully and using the debossed side of the EF gives a subtle feel.
I also have that ivy die and it makes a lovely accent to this make. Like it lots! x

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful card Pat..gorgeous background colourd and Love the leafy frame you have used..perfect for a masculine card..


Diane said...

Fabulous masculine card and stencil!
Thank you for joining our challenge at Stencil Fun!
Diane SF Co-Owner
{Nellies Nest}
{Stencil Fun}

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

This card is so beautifully put together Pat, I love the scene inside the frame with the ivy showing it off. Just gorgeous.
Faith x

Mrs A. said...

Very Masculine and perfect. I have such trouble thinking of ideas for male cards. Hugs Mrs A.

cuilliesocks said...

What a wonderful card for a man Pat, I love your design, the ivy frame is gorgeous and I love the birch trees, Kate x

Christine Alexander said...

your birch trees look wonderful with the frame ♥

Kathyk said...

This is just lovely, Pat, and I really like your kraft on kraft die border detail too

Happy Sunday


Liz said...

Wonderful card, Pat. Lovely design and I love how you’ve added the ivy to the frame. xx

Marjan said...

A wonderful card!! Because of the beautiful frame in a darker color the lovely scene with birches has depth. Great work, Pat!

Aimeslee Winans said...

This is gorgeous, Pat, and framed so nicely. XOX

Tristan said...

Lovely ink blending through that stencil Pat. Adding the panel onto really helps with the effect of looking into the forest. Thanks for jining us at AAA Birthday.

Goga said...

Fantastic card. Thanks for sharing at The male Room. Goga

BożenA said...

Such a beautiful card. Thank you for joining our fun and sharing this wonderful card in our HLS Birthday gallery.
BożenA DT HLS Birthday

Jane.D said...

This is so beautiful! Love your ink blending and the depth you've created by framing the birch trees, which is one of my favourite trees, and the ivy is like the icing on the cake. I love it! Thank you so much for sharing and playing along with us at AAA Birthday, hope you'll join us again. Take care, keep crafting and have fun!

AndrejaM said...

Beautiful masculine card. Thanks for sharing at The Male Room

Kati said...

Such lovely card, absolutely adorable!
Thanks so much for joining the AAA Birthday Challenge and hope you will join one of the upcoming challenges too! :)

Andreja said...

What a fantastic card :-))
Thank you for joining us at The Male Room ❤️