Thursday, September 30, 2010

Christmas Tree Die Birthday Card


My husband’s birthday was this past Saturday.  I planned a surprise getaway for us to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore without the kids and I am so excited that I managed to pull it off.  He was completely speechless when he found out the plan.  He thought we were going to his twin brother’s house for a surprise party for his brother Friday evening when the plan was to drop off the kids for the weekend.  His brother and wife took us out to eat first at a really great restaurant  called FoGo de Chao.  I was so full when we walked out of there!  We had a wonderful weekend together.  It is not often that just the two of us can get away.  We spent the weekend doing all the things we don’t like doing with the kids, like eating at restaurants we would rather not take them and hanging our for hours in the bookstore.  I made sure to have my camera, but forgot to take pictures…so sad and so like me.  I am so grateful to my sister-in-law and brother-in-law for making it possible for us.  I definitely owe them big time!

I was just dying to use my new Christmas tree dies from Papertrey, so I decided to make my husband’s birthday card with them.  I started with Spring Rain cardstock that I embossed with the linen impression plate.  I then sponged Fresh Snow ink on the edges.  I cut the Christmas trees from Spring Moss and Ripe Avocado cardstock then ran them through my Cuttlebug on the canvas side of the impression plate.  I sponged some Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint distress ink all over them and especially onto the edges.  I thought they still needed a little something so I sprayed them with some Bamboo Leaf  Shimmerz Spritz and I love the way they turned out.  To add dimension, I glued the left tree flat to the paper, adhered the right tree with one layer of foam tape and the front tree with two layers.  For the “grass”,  I just ripped a piece of Spring Moss cardstock and distressed it with the same ink I used on the trees.  I stamped the sentiment with Peeled Paint ink and added some Spring Rain buttons.  The large button is tied with Rustic Cream twine that I colored with a YG97 Copic marker to match.  The cloud was cut with the Cloud die and stamped with dots from Polka Dot Basics in Spring Rain ink and covered with Twinklets glitter.  

I haven’t had this much fun making a card in a long time, it was a total blast!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my blog today!


Ingredients (All supplies Papertrey unless otherwise noted)

Stamps – Enjoy the Ride, Polka Dot Basics

Paper – Spring Rain, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, White Stamper’s Select

Ink – Fresh Snow, Peeled Paint & Shabby Shutters (Tim Holtz distress inks)

Embellishments – Spring Rain buttons, Rustic Cream Twine, Twinklets (FloraCraft)

Tools – Christmas tree die, Cloud 1 & 2 die, Linen & Canvas impression plate, YG97 Copic marker


Dru said...

Love this card Karen. I ordered too late and so have to wait until my next order and hope they have them back in at that time - but I love this die and the way you used it! Perfect masculine card!

Angie Williams said...

Glad you enjoyed your getaway! Lovely card too...

Veronica Z said...

Karen, this card is perfect in every way! I love the tree dies, and the blue sky background. You did an excellent job! I'm happy you had a great time in Baltimore!