Frosty Tree – Tutorial #126


When I woke up this morning I decided to check out the Color Challenge on Split Coast Stampers

The color challenge today was to use Stampin’ Up colors Baja Breeze, Really Rust and Chocolate Chip.  This combo really intrigued me so I gave it a whirl.  This is what I came up with.  The Baja Breeze really gives an icy feel to this piece.  I know, I know, I know it is Autumn, not Winter yet, but this is what came to mind.

Let’s get started.  🙂


Stamps: Impression Obsession “Branches of a Tree”, The Saltbox Studio “Fences” & Stampin’ Up “Lovely as a Tree”
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Baja Breeze & Chocolate Chip
Ink: Stampin’ Up Baja Breeze, Really Rust & Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate Chip marker, White Gel Pen, Aqua Painter, Sponge, Ribbon, Silver Brads, Brayer


Brayered Baja Breeze ink at the very bottom of a 4.5″ x 6″ piece of Whisper White card stock.


Brayered Really Rust at the very top of the card stock.


I decided to not use any emboss resist this morning, so this scene is being built from the background to the foreground, so I had to keep in mind to go from lighter objects to darker ones.  So the darker (foreground) objects cover up the lighter ones underneath them.  Clear as mud?

Stamped trees from Lovely as a Tree set with Baja Breeze ink, by stamping off on my scrap paper first to make them lighter (this is called second generation stamping).


Stamped fence with Chocolate Chip ink.


Stamped large tree with Chocolate Chip ink.


Stamped tree again to make a shadow using Baja Breeze ink. 

Note, I did not ink up the root part of the tree trunk in order to omit it.


While my Baja Breeze stamp pad was closed, I squeezed it to make a pool of ink in the lid of the stamp pad.   I used the pool of ink and an Aqua painter to make shadows for the fence posts.  I made the ink pretty watery here.


Used the Aqua Painter again with a watery Chocolate Chip ink to color in the fence posts.


Sponged Baja Breeze along the bottom of the background trees and around the sides and bottom of the card stock.

Note:  I use a dry sponge when sponging.  If you are getting dots and streaks you don’t want, keep adding more ink until they disappear.  Another problem could be you are using a card stock that is not super smooth.


Sponged Really rust at the very top of the card stock.


Darkened some of the large tree branches with a Chocolate Chip marker.  Added some snow on the branches with a White Gel Pen.


Added Panels, Front to back, Main image panel, Chocolate Chip Panel, Baja Breeze Panel, Chocolate Chip panel.

Assembled card front and here it is finished measuring 5″ x 6.5″.


I hope you enjoyed this icy scene tutorial and will give this color combo a try.

May your day be filled with laughter and joy.

Until my next post. . . . . . . . .. . .



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45 responses to “Frosty Tree – Tutorial #126

  1. Wow! This is so pretty! As always, you are an inspiration…..and I love your tutorials. They are very clear…….but I would love to see a video tutorial!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  2. Very pretty! I can feel the chill in the air even here in Florida. The Baja Breeze gives it a nice icey touch. Thanks so much for your morning tutorials. They always leave me thinking creatively as I go thru my day.

  3. Good morning Michelle! Funny you woke up this a.m. with thoughts of winter, I did too. Like, is it EVER going to get here??? It’s cool in the a.m. here (Texas) but in the 90s in the afternoon. What’s up with that??? Your card is stupendous! I’m trying that shadow effect with the aqua painter. Here again, I appreciate you getting up each morning to create and then share your art. You’ve heard it before but you are fantastic!

  4. Beautiful Michelle! Just like a frosty Vermont morning. Thanks for inspiring all of us!

  5. Wow! Love this card. Thank you for the sponging tips. I am going to get sponges like the ones you use in your tutorials. I think my spotting and streaking problems occur because my sponges are too porous.

  6. Your tutorials are just so beautiful and inspiring as said so many times before and a huge thank you (again) for always sharing your technique…I had been “resisting” buying a brayer, but now finally have one on hold at my favorite stamp store to get this week! Can hardly wait to try your methods…thanks, thanks, thanks!!!

  7. Another Wowza!!!!! You truly captured a winter wonderland in your card… It is so beautiful when nature has ice on the trees… and your card really reflects that beauty…

  8. this is so beautiful! I can’t wait to try this color combo. thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Michelle, I am ready for winter now. The scene and the card are absolutely stunning.

  10. Absolutely lovely. Like a Robert Frost poem.

  11. WOWIE ZOWIE! This is SO beautiful!

  12. Stunning and my favorite so far! This is just too gorgeous for a card! I hope it is framed by its recipient! 🙂 I love all of the shadowing and the snow and the gorgeous color combination. This is truly jaw-dropping gorgeous!

  13. You are so talented! Thanks for sharing your great ideas and projects!

  14. LOVE this one. It is just gorgeous…the colors, the images…beautiful!

  15. This is just drop dead gorgeous!

  16. Very nice card Michelle! It gave me that “first snowfall” feeling. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Wow. This card really invokes the feeling of winter. I think of the colors you used as warm, beach-y or fall colors. You magically turned them into winter. Amazing!

  18. Absolutely beautiful, as always. Your tutorial is so easy to follow. Thanks so much!

  19. Love this winter scene. Your tutorials are so clear, I believe you were born to teach! Thank you for the sponging info! I’ll give that a try. Now that you have mentioned the cardstock, I’m going to get stampin up’s and give it a try. Mine maybe to rough and I know it’s alot thinner than stampin up’s so the ink maybe soaking in much faster than if it were thicker. Thank you so so much for this info!

  20. Lovely winter scene! I think those colors look beautiful together. As always, great tutorial!!

  21. GASP!

    I love the shadows! What an amazing addition!

    LOVE IT!!!!!

  22. I love the way you used the Lovely as a Tree. Great idea. Great use of shadows as well. Thanks for taking the time to share you wonderful talent.

  23. This is absolutely breathtaking. Great job on the shadows. I never can figure out how to do that so it looks right. Now I may try it again since seeing how wonderful yours turned out. It’s such a refreshing piece of artwork. Thanks for sharing. Becky

  24. Michelle, Love this card. I like the fence, thanks for putting where you can get the stamps. Will have to put the fence stamp up. I picked up inkadinkadoo stamp Happy Haunting, just so I can make the card you did. lol Hope you had a wonderful day.

  25. Beth Cutwright

    totally gorgeous Michelle! I don’t even like winter, but this scene is breathtaking!
    I will have to try this ths weekend! Thanks so much for being so consistent with the tutorials…you are the best!

    Beth C

  26. This is such a beautiful work of art !!!! I love the colors, and the way you did the shadows and shading. Looking at this makes me feel like I’m there, and feeling very cool. Another great one !

  27. Absolutely stunning!

  28. Love it!! The shadowing is great!!!!

  29. Wow ! I love this card ! It’s realy beautiful !

  30. Michelle, The shadow of the tree caught my eye instantly. I thought to myself ‘how in the world did she do that’.. well lo’ and behold you never cease to amaze me.

    Thanks for sharing. It’s simply breathtaking..

  31. What a Kool scene Michelle!!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  32. Michelle, this could be your best tutorial ever! Not that they’re not all wonderful, but this card is superb! I love the colors and love how you did the shadowing. I may have to give this one a try! Thanks so much for continuing to share your talent!

  33. Michelle,
    I can’t even tell you how I came across your blog. What I can say is that it is my FAVORITE!!! Your inspiration and creativity just ooozzzzeeesss out of my computer screen! Hopefully some will rub off onto me! Thank you so much for all of your blogging. Doreen in Maryland. p.s. Lovely As A Tree is my favorite set. I love that you use it a lot!

  34. WOW! This is totally outstanding!! I love everything you put into your scenery!! 🙂 Amazing!! 🙂 TFS!

  35. Beautiful! It’s been a long day for me, and it’s so nice to be able to wind down with your peaceful scene! Thank you again…u r the best!

  36. once again beautiful and thanks for sharing – I love it when you use stamps I own ….

  37. You just totally blow me away. EVERY TIME! I am in awe of you and your work, your skill or creativeness.
    And just when I don’t think I will be amazed, you show me I am wrong! 🙂

  38. I love your cards……………………….The first thing I do when I get to work is look on your web site to see if you’ve added another tutorial. I have never used a brayer before – After viewing your web site I went out and bought one and am using it every day. Thanks

  39. I always watch your tutorials in the evening. No so many interruptions. This is another lovely one. TFS.

  40. I love your work and aim to emulate it (so the tut’s are FAB!!!) My question is – do you use gloss or matt card. I know you use Whisper White Stampin’ Up but that is not available here in the UK. Hope you can helps!!

  41. Conniecrafter

    Awesome, love the shadow of the trees and fence, and your row of trees in the distance, so cool all around!

  42. Hi, I love your tutorials! I tried the brayer technique but just can’t get it…or it doesn’t look anything close to yours. Mine always has that line that seperates the colors. I’m about to give up trying. Did you ever consider a video tutorial? Also I like the way you added the ribbon to the card. It is as simple as it looks? Did you tie the ribbon around the card, then tye 2 pieces of ribbon to it? Thanks for sharing your beautiful card!

  43. OMG…Can’t believe I have had the good fortune to find your site and tutorials. I recently became a huge fan of brayering through a stamping company in England called Lavinia Stamps, and more recently of tree stamps through Elusive Images and Glenda Waterworth. Your cards are amazing, I agree with a previous post that they should be framed. Thankyou so much for the inspiration.

  44. Tout simplement magnifique

    bravo !!!!!

  45. I just wanted to tell you how breath taking all of your cards are. I would love to be able to produce cards like your.