I’m a Northern California native that has spent the last 10 years in New Mexico.  The kids grew up and moved out and the hubby and I moved back to Northern California.  I’m loving all the green!!

Northern California Redwoods - Lovely As A Tree

My husband and I recently went hiking at Montgomery Woods – a mere 20 miles from our house.  It was gorgeous!!  In honor of being “back among the trees”.  Today’s post is using the Stampin’ Up! set “Lovely as a Tree”.

Stampin' Up! Lovely As A Tree handmade masculine card

This simple card uses a Very Vanilla card base and a layer of Old Olive card stock and then another layer of Very Vanilla cardstock with the trees stamped in Old Olive.  The trees were stamped by inking up the single tree, stamping once and then without re-inking – stamping again. Super simple.

handmade masculine card made using Stampin' Up! Lovely As A Tree

This Crumb Cake card base base was dry embossed with an embossing folder in the big shot.  Then just a scrap of Early Espresso cardstock and Very Vanilla cardstock cut out with one of the apothecary framelits with the tree stamped in Old Olive and the trunk colored in with a brown colored pencil. Old Olive was sponged around the edge and it was mounted with pop dots.  Finished off with a few rhinestones.

handmade masculine card made using Stampin' Up! Lovely As A Tree

This card uses a Very Vanilla card base, some non Stampin’ Up! paper on the bottom (sorry – I have TONS left over from my pre demo days) and then Washi Tape down the middle.  Layered over that is the grouping of trees stamped in Black StazOn onto Very Vanila, colored with sponge dobbers using Old Olive and Soft Sky inks and cut into thirds and mounted onto a layer of crumb cake. That was then attached to the card with pop dots.

handmade masculine card made using Stampin' Up! Lovely As A Tree

Today’s last card was done using a Soft Sky card base and then a layer of Basic Black and a layer of Glossy White cardstock.  The trees were stamped in Black StazOn (since it doesn’t smear when you rub the color over the top). Then I used sponge dobbers to apply Soft Sky ink to the top and Old Olive in to the bottom.

So, there you have it.  Four cards made with one stamp set and only 3 ink colors.  Goes to show that alot can be made out of very little.

Happy Stamping my friends,