- Add the sky background with PanPastels Artists' Pastels. Use two shades of blue to give a little more interest. Sweep across the card stock in a horizontal fashion. The creamy texture has very little dust and creates a rich background.
- Add a couple shades of green and a little brown for the ground.
- To get your water color pallet, turn ink pads over and press them onto non-stick craft sheet side by side, not overlapping. If you do not have a craft sheet, you can press the ink pads onto a piece of plastic or spare acrylic block.
- Start with lighter green, pick up color with the water brush and apply it to the the branches, where leaves would be. NOTE: your water brush should be moist, not dripping.
- Dab excess color off onto a paper towel.
- Pick up the darker green and brush across random areas of the tree.
- Dab excess color off onto paper towel.
- Pick up brown ink. Starting at the bottom of the tree, brush up the center where the trunk is and out on a few of the branches. Don't worry about being precise. The nice thing about this type of image is that it is very forgiving. You are creating a little art piece - it does not have to be perfect. Just have fun!
- Stamp the image onto your background. With the chisel water brush (moist, not dripping), hold it upright and lightly stipple where you want your leaves to be. Periodically, wipe your brush off and continue.
- Use same brush to create a light shadow by pulling down the color from the base of the tree. I tried both a regular card stock and water color paper. I used the water color paper for the finished card.
- Dab excess color off onto a paper towel. Allow to dry
- Adhere layers.
- Ink up tree top and stamp inside the card along the bottom.
Stamps: Beech Tree KK-AK-042
Paper: Club Scrap, Fabriano Artistico Extra White Watercolor Paper Block 140lb hot press
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress vintage photo, shabby shutters, forest moss ink pads
Accessories: PanPastel Artists' Pastels, Sponge soft tool, round tip water brush, chisel water brush
Take care and STAY POSITIVE!