Birds In A Brown Tree Birthday Card

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Birds In A Brown Tree Birthday Card | Tracy Marie Lewis |

I needed a masculine birthday card for my cousin. I knew I wanted to use the tree from Thoughtful Branches which was a special release stamp and die set made by Stampin' Up last fall.

I created an ombre background using Distress inks and Brilliance Metallic inks. I've had the Metallic Inks for many years now, I bought them for holiday cards, I made a HUGE supply of holiday cards and haven't used these since so I thought I would try sponging with them to give them some use.

I started with Hickory Smoke and blended in Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain. I then sponged on the metallic inks which softened the background nicely giving it a metallic sheen. I finished all around the edges with Gathered Twigs. I added water droplets and wicked the water away with a paper towel for more background interest. 

I die cut the tree using Soft Suede cardstock. The birds were inked with Soft Suede and Basic Grey ink on Whisper White Cardstock and then die cut.

I cut the sentiment using Cottage Cutz Happy Birthday in Soft Suede cardstock and I applied it using Mono Glue.

After matting with Soft Suede to match I felt that I wanted more texture so I took my Taylored Expressions brick embossing folder and wiped Gathered Twigs ink on the front, then ran it through my Big Shot. I liked the added colored texture.

I popped up the tree with dimensionals. I wish the metallic sheen of the background showed more in the photo, it is much prettier in real life:)

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What a great masculine card! Love that tree and your distress ink background! So happy you linked this lovely creation up to the Cropstop blog - I hope to see more of your work brightening up the link up!

Wonderful male card, great color combo and excellent background. Thank you for joining us at Connie Can Crop.

Sue - Connie Can Crop DT


Beautiful card.  Thank you for sharing it at Connie Can Crop's monthly challenge, Use Your Stash.  Good luck!

Great card! Thanks for joining us at Connie Can Crop's monthly challenge! 

Great use of your stash of metallic inks. I love the resulting ombré background and the amazing card you created. Tfs and for participating in Connie Can Crop challenge "use your stash". Good luck.

Very nice way to use your metallic inks stash. I love the resulting background. Tfs and for participating in Connie Can Crop challenge "use your stash". Good luck.


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