Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Best Gifts...

You may have to give me some artistic license on this one.  A couple of weeks ago I was playing around with smooshing a-la Laura Bassen.  I put mowed lawn distress ink on one of my long, skinny blocks, spritzed it with water, placed it on one end of my watercolor paper then just dragged it across.  Suddenly a forest of trees appeared!  It just needed the perfect sentiment (Penny Black) and a strategically placed star (W&W) embossed in gold and it was done. 

Challenges I'm entering in:
CASology - Cue card Tree
CAS Colours and Sketches - make it Christmassy 
Happy Little Stampers - Star - yip, it has a star
Happy Little Stampers - Favorite Technique - smooshing
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Any Previous 2015 Challenge - The Wild Woods (Oct)


I made a few of these since it was so easy and fun.  I kind of twisted and lifted the block as I dragged for this second one and went over it a couple of times. I had to flip a coin between this one and the one up top to decide which to enter, I think they are too similar to enter separately but I love them both.  Each one turns out unique and wonderful, I hope you'll give it a try! 

Thanks so Much for Looking!


  1. I can see the trees! A wonderful artsy and modern looking card. Thanks for joining in the colour challenge at CC&S.

  2. What a fun technique to create the trees, which results in truly "one of a kind" cards! These are terrific! Thank you for sharing them with us at both CC&S and 52CCT! :)

  3. These are awesome, Karen! What a wonderful technique! I like the different looks you've managed too! Thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers!

  4. What a fabulous technique! Love that you got a 'forest' on one layer! And also, that sentiment is fantastic! So true. Love that you joined us at CASology this week!

  5. As soon as I saw this I knew they were trees! I love the watercolour effect. Brilliant work. Thanks so much for playing along with our last challenge of the year at 52CCT. Have a very Happy Christmas, and see you next year!

  6. Gorgeous design, Karen! Love your water colored trees and the color you chose. Thank you for sharing your card with us at Happy Little Stampers!

  7. Wonderful eye to see the 'trees' in this great's just a perfect landscape for the golden sentiment & star. a terrific one layer card with lots of impact. TFS & joining us for HLS December Christmas Star Challenge. Merry Christmas

  8. I have to tell you - your abstract trees are just GORGEOUS!!! Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers! :)