Snow Covered Trees – Tutorial #153

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Hello again, today’s tutorial gives me a chance to show you my two most favorite tools to use while stamping.  The Stamp-a-ma-jig and the reverse image stamp. 

I also used a brand new stamp by Innovative Stamp Creations “Sketch of Nature I”.  Here is a link to their online store:  http://www.innovativestampcreations.com/catalog/item/1516071/6518501.htm

The Rubber Stampede Mirror image Stamp can be found at various places.  Here is a link to a post I did regarding this stamp and there were a lot of great suggestions on different ways to get a mirror image along with where to find this stamp in the comments left on the post:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2008/03/16/searchink-for-a-mirror-image-stamp/

I framed my piece today, but the finished main image panel is 4.5″ x 6″ so this could easily be a turned into a card.  The 8″ x 10″ frame I used is a barn wood frame I found at a thrift store for $2.00.  Got to love those thrift stores and garage sales.  :)

Let’s get started on the tutorial.

Supplies:

Stamps: Innovative Stamp Creations “Sketch of Nature I” and Stampin’ Up “Lovely as a Tree”, Rubber Stampede “Mirror Image Stamp”
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Baja Breeze and Basic Black
Ink: Stampin’ Up Not Quite Navy, Basic Black and Baja Breeze
Accessories: 8′ x 10″ opening Barn wood Frame (Thrif Store find), White Gel Pen, Black marker, Brayer, Post it notes, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sponge

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Started with a 4.5″ x 6″ piece of Whisper White Card stock.

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Tore two post it notes through the stick part and used them as masks.

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Stamped my tree stamp with Black ink on my Reverse image stamp and then stamped the reverse image stamp on the card stock creating a reverse image of the original stamp.

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Photo of the reverse image stamp top.

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Turned my card stock and brayered Baja Breeze ink in between the two post it notes.

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Brayered Not Quite Navy ink over the bottom post it note and onto the card stock, not covering the Baja Breeze ink entire.

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Removed the post it note masks.

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Brayered Baja Breeze ink at the top of the card stock.

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Brayered Not Quite Navy at the very top of the card stock not covering the Baja Breeze ink entirely.

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Stamped the Lovely as a Tree image across the card stock using Baja Breeze ink.

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Now it is time to stamp my main (focal) image and I really don’t want to risk stamping it crooked or off center from the reverse image previously stamped so I am going to use my Stamp-a-ma-jig.  I know I have a lot of new stampers that have not experience using some tools so I’m going to show the step by step process of using the Stamp-a-ma-jig.  Bare with us you seasoned stampers.  :)

I line the plastic piece up in the “L” of the stamp-a-ma-jig.

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Ink my stamp up with Black ink and line the stamp up in the “L” of the Stamp-a-ma-jig as I lower it and stamp the image on the plastic piece.

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I can now take the plastic piece and move it around on my main image panel to see exactly where I want my image.

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Line the Stamp-a-ma-jig handle “L” up on the Plastic Piece.  Hold the Handle in place and move the plastic piece away from the panel.

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Ink my stamp up with Black ink.  Hold the Stamp-a-ma-jig handle firmly and line my stamp up with the “L” on the handle as I lower to the card stock.  Press down firmly on the stamp to make my impression.

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Remove stamp and handle.

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Sponged a bit of Baja Breeze ink under the small trees.

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Used a black marker and went down the right sides of the large trees and the right sides of the reverse image to make them stand out a bit more.

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Colored the tops of the trees with a white Gel Pen.

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Used the White Gel pen and went down the Left sides of the large trees and the left sides of the reverse image.

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Layered the main image panel on Black and Baja Breeze card stock panels and framed it. 

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I hope you enjoyed today’s winterly tutorial and find yourself inspired to get out those stamps today.

May your day be filled with peaceful scenes.

Hugs,

Michelle Zindorf

Links to all my tutorials can be found here:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/tutorials-ive-written/

Here is a link to my workshop calendar if you want to get info on beginner and advanced Brayer workshops:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/workshop-calendar

Frequently asked questions answers:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/frequently-asked-questions/

39 responses to “Snow Covered Trees – Tutorial #153

  1. Evelyn----Ks.stamper

    Great tutorial, love those trees. Makes us think that the white stuff will be coming soon. I love thes snow on your cards, but don’t like it too much when we get it covering everything, hard to feed cattle and get chores done. It is beautiful tho.
    Evelynn

  2. Michelle, i like the picture you made with this stamp, amazing as always. I also had to place a order to get some of the stamps you use.I love your tutorials and can’t wait for the holidays to get over so i have more time to try them. You will help me get threw the winter and a good start on my next years Christmas cards.

  3. Brrrr can you feel the winter crispness in the air???? Appreciate your step by step instructions for the Stamp-a-magig. I am familiar with the technique as the Mr. made an “L” shape wooden piece for me and I use a piece of acetate. Have not, however, used a reverse image stamp. Gotta get me one of those!!! Back to trimming the tree! Thanks once again for a beautiful piece and tutorial. Trying to keep this comment brief as yesterday’s was a bit lengthy. HA!

  4. Now that’s chilly! Fantastic winter scene and tutorial

  5. this is how it looks for a few days ago, but now its to hot…
    verry nice picture.
    johanna

  6. Gorgeous. I love just looking at what you create in your tutorials.

  7. Love your picture, Michelle. I have wanted try the reverse image technique. I have a big rubber stamp of a frame that I bought at a garage sale. I am going to cut away the frame part and just use the flat rubber for my mirror stamp. I think it will work!

  8. Beautiful, thank you for the tutorial. I need a brayered swap this week so this looks like a quick one and it is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  9. This is a lovely scene again! Thanks for letting us see that rubber stamping is an art, not only a craft.

  10. Michelle, this is another beautiful card. I can’t tell you how much I love your work. Its inspirational. Thanks too for all the work you put into your tutorials.

  11. Harriet Skelly

    Wow another awesome work of art! You really inspire me Michelle!! Thank you for your tutorials! Hugs from a Zindorfian wannabe! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

  12. WOW Michelle this is just gorgeous. Thank you for the in depth tutorial, this new tree is just beautiful, I think their sales will go up today :).

  13. wow, what a beautiful scene, you really do inspire with your amazing creativitiy.

  14. You seriously are THE MASTER at creating these kinds of cards! I am just in awe of your never ending talent and inspiration. This is soooo beautiful! I love the scene and send you many thanks for sharing your time and talents with us!

  15. This is beautiful!

  16. I luv this tree picture, its so beautiful & peaceful! By the way you can order the reverse stamp at Hanna stamps, I just ordered one a few days ago & can’t wait to use it! Now I can try this too! Thanks so much for all your fantastic tutorials!

  17. Wow! This is totally beautiful! Very serene & peaceful! Love it. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

  18. Wow! This is just stunning!!! TFS

  19. Darlene Gabriel

    Wow!! I don’t know what else to say. Just gorgeous!!

  20. I love this technique. I have one of those reverse image stamps but i have never been able to get a good image with it. :( . However, I haven’t tried it with my SU Basic Black, so I will give it another go.
    Just a quick question – because the reverse image stamp is so big, do you use a mouse pad or foam pad under your surface when you stamp?
    Thanks
    Deanne
    xx

  21. Gorgeous!!!! You are amazing with this stuff!!!!

  22. There is something about trees covered in snow that is so soothing. Thanks so much for the tutorial today. I really needed it after a hectic day at work (I’m a nurse on a Alz wing) Im going to print it out and keep it with my stamping stuff just so I can look at it and feel refreshed. Again thank you so much for sharing your talent with us. You touch so many of us. PS I also love my stamp-a-ma-jig

  23. Wow! I just love this stamp and you did a great job with the reverse image. I must look for this stamp. Yes you are an enabler!*L*
    Trish

  24. This is another stunner! Have you ever considered making a book from your blog postings? I know I would buy it if you did! Thanks so much for sharing!

  25. Stunning. I am learning so much from you about reflections and shadows. Thank you for generous heart. Marilyn

  26. Beautiful. I love it, so simple and elegant.

  27. I’m not sure how many times I can say this is my all time fave but this is my all time fave!! Except all the others!!
    WOWZA.

  28. This is so beautiful. Do you ever come to the Dallas Fort Worth area to teach classes?

  29. Love your artwork, your inspiration & your tutorials!!

  30. wow gorgeous. I really need to get a reverse stamp

  31. Michelle what a wonderful peaceful winterscene you have created.
    Thanks for excellent tutorial 😉

  32. Conniecrafter

    Lovely project, what a great deal on that frame!

  33. Oh, Michelle! You have completely outdone yourself! I’m not exactly sure why, but this really ‘speaks’ to me. I really, truly love it. I can see that resistance is futile (ha, ha!) you’ve finally convinced me to get the mirror stamp…. 😀

  34. All I can say is WOW! I Love it.

  35. Wow! I stumbled across your work on SCS. I now look on your blog religiously! I have ordered this stamp set and other tree stamp from your Light & Shadows tutorial. Now all I need to do is practice my brayering skills. Your work is fabulous. TFS with all of us.

  36. Oh WOW!! I really love this one!!!The trees and the background…well for that matter the whole thing is gorgeous! Fantastic job!!!

  37. Michelle,
    Thank you for all you share. Have a wonderful, relaxing, and safe Holiday Season.

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

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  39. Betty Cumiskey

    wow my word you are so talented
    thank you so much for shareing and inspiring me