Winter Woods

Happy 2020-In the Woods Mercury Acetate Blends Background

Mercury Acetate background

Best Wishes for Peace, Health, and Happiness in the New Year!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Cajun Craze

Stampin' Blends: Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Cajun Craze, Light and Dark Poppy Parade

Paper: Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Silver Glimmer, Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Deer and In the Woods Dies, Mini Dimensionals

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Winter Woods Embossed Trees

Embosed trees

Recently, one of my Wetmore Ladies asked if we could do a project using the Embossing Mats at our next class.

These are the mats that allow you to emboss using a die rather than cutting. 

This is no longer available through Stampin' Up!, but since all the class attendees purchased the mats when they were available, I decided it would be a good idea to have a refresher course.

The mats are very easy to use.  You just need to make sure you have the correct sandwich so you don't cut the blue mat when you run it through the Big Shot.

Here's a photo of the post-it-note I taped to the Big Shot as a reminder to the class attendees what the sandwich should be:

3d embossing mat instructions

And here is a photo of the sandwich.  Of course, the white pad will cover the top of the sandwich when it is run through the Big Shot.

3D Embossing mat sandwich

For this project, we used the tree and landscape dies in the In the Woods Dies.


Here's How:

  1. Emboss copper foil card front using the In the Woods Dies, Big Shot, and Embossing Mats. Use this sandwich: platform on Tab 1, blue mat, card stock, die, white mat.  Emboss the landscape first.  Add 2 trees and emboss, Add the final 2 trees and emboss.
  2. Stamp greeting from Christmas Deer on Very Vanilla card stock. Cut out using the Big Shot and Stitched Rectangle Die.  Sponge Metallic Copper ink along the edges.  Attach to Noble Peacock Foil mat.
  3. Attach Copper Foil to Night of Navy mat. Attach to Very Vanilla card base.  Attach greeting using Mini Dimensinals to pop it up.  Color pearls using the Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend.  Attach to front of card to complete.

In the Woods Dies

In the Woods Die

Stamp Set: Christmas Deer

Ink: Night of Navy, Metallic Copper (Delecata Metallic ink in Holiday Catalog), Night of Navy Stampin’Blend

Paper: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Copper  and Noble Peacock Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, Embossing Mats, In the Woods, and Stitched Rectangle Dies, pearls, sponge, Mini Dimensionals

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Emboss Resist Winter Woods

Emboss resist winter woods


Embos resist pigment sprinkles

Winter Woods is one of my favorite stamp sets. 

This grove of trees is perfect for my setting in the mountains of southern Colorado.

For these cards I used the Emboss Resist Technique.

Stamp the image in Early Espresso and heat emboss using clear embossing powder.

Then, add color to the background.  The ink will resist where the image has been embossed.

For the first card, I sponged on Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, and Calypso Coral inks on Shimmery White card stock.

For the second card, I added Mango Melody Pigment Sprinkles.

I added Copper Foil landscape cut using the Big Shot and In the Woods Die.

The greeting comes Itty Bitty Greetings and was heat embossed with copper embossing powder.

Winter Woods

Winter Woods

Pigment Sprinkles

Pigment sprinkles



Paper Card 1: Very Vanilla, Pacific Point, Shimmery White, Copper Foil

Paper Card 2: So Saffron, Early Espresso, Shimmery White, Copper Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, In the Woods Die, sponge, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, copper embossing powder, Mini Dimensionals

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Incredible White Masking Winter Woods

Masking winter woods

Masking winter woods in blues and purples

I found this idea shared by Tina Wardell using a fluid masking product to mask the aspen trees found in Winter Woods, allowing you to add color behind the trunks without getting color on the trunks.

I thought it was such a cool idea that I immediately started searching for where I could purchase the product.

I found an Incredible White Masking kit at our local arts and crafts store in the watercolor painting supply aisle.

The kit comes with the instructions, fluid, brush and eraser.

I actually used a small paint brush I had in my stash, and I did not erase the masking fluid when everything was dry.

I found that the eraser also took some of the paper off with it.  By not erasing it, your project is left with a cool texture on the trunks.

I CASED Tina's design on the first card using Mango Melody with a touch of Daffodil Delight Pigment Sprinkles. 

For the second card, I used Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, and Granny Apple Green Pigment Sprinkles.

Here's how:

  1. Stamp tree trunks from Winter Woods onto watercolor paper using Stazon ink. Use the Stamparatus so you get a good stamped image. Place a post-it-note to mask the bottom of the stamped image, and move the Stamparatus up one notch.  Stamp to get taller trees.
  2. With a small paint brush, apply the Incredible White Mask over the stamped trunks. Set aside to dry for a few minutes.
  3. Sprinkle Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight Pigment Sprinkles over the watercolor paper. Spritz with water to activate the sprinkles.  Let them pool and run, soaking into the paper for a few seconds.  Dab with paper towel, and set aside to dry completely. The Incredible White Mask will mask the Sprinkles from coloring the stamped trees.
  4. Stamp the landscape from Winter Woods at the bottom of the trunks using Early Espresso ink. Stamp the tops of the tree image using Old Olive and Early Espresso inks.
  5. Attach to Basic Black mat.
  6. Stamp greeting from Itty Bitty Greetings onto Very Vanilla card base using Memento Black and the Stamparatus. Attach card front to base to complete.

Pigment Sprinkles

Pigment sprinkles

Winter Woods

Winter Woods



Card 1 Supplies:

Stamp Sets: Winter Woods, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Stazon, Memento Black, Early Espresso, Old Olive

Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: Incredible White Mask , post-it-note, Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight Pigment Sprinkles, spritzer bottle with water, paint brush, Stamparatus

Card 2 Supplies

Stamp Sets: Winter Woods, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Stazon, Memento Black,  Early Espresso, Old Olive

Paper: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, watercolor

Accessories: Incredible White Mask , post-it-note, Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green Pigment Sprinkles, spritzer bottle with water, paint brush, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Controlled Painting with Brusho Crystals and Winter Woods

Brusho wild woods


Brusho wild woods white background

Here are 2 more cards created using the controlled painting with Brusho Crystal Color technique.

Please see my original posting using Sheltering Tree Here

For these cards, I lightly sprinkled Brilliant Blue and Moss Green Brusho Crystal Colors on my watercolor card front.

I started with the center tree first, sprinkling the Brusho about where I knew I would be stamping.

I then spritzed the pine tree image from Winter Woods (carry-over from the Holiday Catalog) lightly with water and stamped. 

I then did the same for the right tree, then the left tree.

Again, don't get your stamp too wet as the colors will run. 

You can always add a little more Brusho (remember, a little goes a long way), and stamp again with a moist stamp if desired.

And, you can pull and move the color around with a paint brush if needed.

You can also over stamp the outline image again using the pine tree and a darker color of ink.

I tested it here using Mossy Meadow ink:

Brusho wild woods 1

I personally liked them plain, so I skipped this step.

For the first card, I sponged Balmy Blue and Pool Party inks around the trees. 

I left the background alone on the second card.

I prefer the white background.

Brusho Crystal Color

Brusho crystals

Winter Woods Bundle

Winter Woods


Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Winter Woods, Flora and Fauna

Ink: Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, Pool Party

Paper: Mint Macaron, Night of Navy,  watercolor

Accessories: Brusho Crystal Colors, spritzer bottle with water, Stamparatus, sponge, enamel dots from my stash

Happy Stampin'!

Stenciled Christmas Tree

Stencil tree

It's easy to create sponged stenciled cards with left over pieces cut using the tree from In the Woods Framelits die.

Simply tape the stencil onto your card front using washi or painter's tape, then sponge on colors inside the stencil.  For this card, I used Balmy Blue and Highland Heather inks for a non-traditional Christmas card. 

Once satisfied with the coverage, remove the stencil.

I cut the landscape pieces using the Big Shot and  In the Woods Framelits die in Balmy Blue and Gorgeous Grape card stock and added them to the card front, trimming off the edges to fit.

The piece was matted in Silver Foil, then Gorgeous Grape.

The greeting from Dashing Deer was stamped onto the Whisper White card front using Highland Heather ink.  I used my Stamparatus to get good inked coverage.

Rhinestones were added to complete.

Here's another card using the stencil in traditional Christmas colors:

Stencil tree 1

Colors used for the spongsteed tree were Old Olive an Mossy Meadow.

For the background, I stamped Buffalo Check onto Whisper White card stock using Cherry Cobbler ink.

I used my Stamparatus to get good ink coverage.

The landscape pieces are cut out of Whisper White and Mossy Meadow card stock.

I punched a star out of Cherry Cobbler card stock, and added rhinestones colored with a red Sharpie pen to complete.

Winter Woods Bundle

Winter Woods


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A Wintery Day In the Woods


A Wintery Day In the Woods
                                         A Wintery Day In the Woods

This card was inspired by the view out my front window on a recent wintery day here in the mountains of southern Colorado.

It features the clear block watercolor background technique and Winter Woods stamp set and In the Woods Framelits Dies.

Here's how to make the card:

1.  Create a mask for the moon by punching a circle out of a post-it-note and a 1 1/4" circle punch.  Place the punched circle onto a square piece of Shimmery White card stock.  Create the background by tapping Balmy Blue, Night of Navy and Gray Granite ink onto an "E" clear block.  Spritz the block with water so the ink pools and runs, then stamp onto the Shimmery White card stock and over the circle mask.  Let it set for a few seconds, then lift.   Remove the mask and set the piece aside to allow to dry.  I re-positioned the mask over the moon, and lightly sponged on more Gray Granite ink along the edge.

2. Stamp tree from Winter Woods onto a piece of vellum card stock using Shaded Spruce ink.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and clear embossing powder.  Cut tree out using the Big Shot and coordinating In the Woods Framelits die.

3. Cut a square opening out of Shimmery White card front using the Big Shot and Layering Squares Framelits die.  Stamp greeting from Dashing Deer onto card front using Night of Navy ink.  I used my Stamparatus to get a good inked image.

4. Cut a frame out of Night of Navy card stock by nesting two of the squares framelits, one inside the other.  Cut using the Big Shot.

5.  Attach the background to Balmy Blue card base.  Attach vellum tree.  Attach card front over the background piece and tree using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.

6. Attach Night of Navy frame over opening.  Bring the top of the tree outside of the frame to complete.

Winter Woods Bundle

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Winter Woods

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Winter Woods, Dashing Deer

Ink: Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Gray Granite, Shaded Spruce

Paper: Balmy Blue, Shimmery White, Night of Navy, Vellum card stock

Accessories: post-it-note, 1 1/4" circle punch,  clear block "E",  spritzer bottle with water, heat tool, clear embossing powder ,Big Shot, In the Woods and Layering Squares Framelits Dies, sponge, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Nov Fresh Card Making Idea-Dashing Deer Candleglow Window Easel Card


Candleglow card lit up with light
Dashing Deer Window Easel Card-taken with the lights on!

Is it a card?  Or a holiday decoration?

How about both!

Learn how to create this pretty window easel card which will add a festive touch to anyone's holiday display.

A battery-operated tealight adds a warm glow to the project for a little surprise.

Want to learn more?

My November Fresh Card Making Tutorial will feature this fun project.

The tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 am (MST) on November 20, 2018.

Please add your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on November 20 to receive this tutorial, complete with step-by-step instructions with color photos in a pdf format.

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Once the easy sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial via e mail in a pdf format as my gift to you!

I hope to hear from you soon!


Candleglow card lit up
Dashing Deer Window Easel Card taken with the lights off!





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