Trendy Trees Scene – Tutorial #219


Happy Hump Day!  We made it to the middle of the week, grin.

I am scurrying around today packing for my adventure to Buffalo, Minnesota where I will be teaching Friday and Saturday to sold out groups.  I will be leaving around 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning and will arrive around 8:00 p.m. or so that evening.   I am one of those odd ducks that likes to drive.  I make a day of my travels and stop at antique stores along my route where I find all kinds of treasures.  Normally, I am on the lookout for Wooden Duck Decoys, which I collect.  Don’t ask me why I collect them, I just do, lol.

This is my last post before leaving.  I will return on Monday, June 8, 2009.  If you need to e-mail me before Monday, please know I will return my e-mails as soon as I get back.  I may or may not have internet access while on the road.  :)  

Buffalo, Minnesota here I come!

Okay, enough gibbering from me.  How about I announce the “Sand Castle Kind of Day” Card and Stamp Blog Candy Winner.  The winner is. . . . . . . . . . .. .  .. . . . .


Misty Leach, who wrote “Hi Michelle, another gorgeous card! Thanks for the entry, have a wonderful weekend!”

Misty Congratulations!  Please e-mail your address to and I put these in the mail to you.

Thank to all who played along!

Now on with today’s tutorial.  Are these not the cutest little trees!  You know me an tree stamps I have to have them all.   These trees are from the Stampin’ Up set “Trendy Trees”. 

Today’s tutorial gives you a taste of heat embossing over heat embossing.  It is a fun technique.  Check it out.


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Trendy Trees
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Stampin’ Up Old Olive, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Really Rust, More Mustard
Accessories: Versamark Pad, Clear embossing powder, heat gun, Brayer, Sponge, Gold Brads, Ribbon

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Stamped the tree leaves stamp 4 times by first loading my stamp with Versamark and then loading it with More Mustard ink before stamping it.  I loaded my stamp with Versamark and More Mustard ink for each stamping.


Heat embossed the images using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Over Stamped the Leaves by loading my stamp with Versamark and then Really Rust ink before stamping them.   Heat embossed the Really Rust Leaves with clear embossing powder and a heat gun.  It is like magic watching the Really Rust ink disappear off of the More Mustard images when you heat it.


Stamped the tree trunks by first loading my stamp with Versamark and then Chocolate Chip ink before stamping them.


Heat embossed the trunks using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Now that I have my trees all heat embossed I can apply my background without the ink sticking to the embossing.

Brayered Old Olive ink at the bottom of the card stock.


Brayered Creamy Caramel ink lightly at the top of the card stock.


Ripped a hill shape into the sticky part of a post it note and used it as a mask.  Sponged Really Rust ink at the post it note edge to create a hill shape.


Moved the post it note and repeated the sponging of Really Rust ink at the post it note edge to make my second hill.


Sponged Always Artichoke ink in the center of my trees and at the bottom of the card stock.


Sponged Chocolate Chip ink around the outside edges of the card stock.


Cut a 5″ circle out of Really Rust card stock and a 6″ circle out of Creamy Caramel card stock.  Cut the circles in half.


Dry embossed my Rust half of a circle and a Chocolate Chip panel using my Big Shot and the Dot Texture plate.  Love those texture plates.  They are a nice big size.


Brayered Really Rust ink over the Really Rust textured half of a circle.  This helps bring out the pattern of the dry embossing.


Assembled my card front and added gold brads and brown ribbon.  Here it is finished measuring 5″ x 6.5″.


I hope this tutorial has inspired you to try heat embossing over heat embossing today.

Hang tight until my return and check out all 219 Past Tutorials at this link.

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

Huge Hugs,


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29 responses to “Trendy Trees Scene – Tutorial #219

  1. I love this!!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! Great use of colors.Love what you have created.

  3. I love this!! It is gorgeous, I would never have thought this stamp could look so good :)
    Have fun, hope you find great things along the way.

  4. Great card. Congratulations, Misty; have a great trip Michelle!

  5. Another beautiful card, Michelle! I really liked the little hills by the trees…and the half circle on the left side is a wonderful accent!

    Beth Ann

  6. I have not been commenting lately, but I have been really enjoying your cards lately.
    Hope all is well Michelle!
    Best regards,

  7. This card is beautiful! I have been holding off on ordering this stamp set but now I’ve just got to have it!!! As always, your work is stunning. Thanks for always taking the time to do these wonderful tutorials. Have a great trip!

  8. What a beautiful card! And I just got this stamp set! Now I have a wonderful idea to CASE! Actually, all of your cards inspire me in one way or another. I’ve been a blog “lurker” for awhile, but this is the first comment I’ve made. I appreciate your step-by-step instructions and pictures. It makes it very easy to follow, and it also shows me details that I usually miss in looking at the completed card for the first time. Have a wonderful trip!

  9. Great card – don’t the embossed half-circles look like a slice of watermelon! Have a safe drive there & back & don’t forget to post pics.

  10. Sandy Knecht

    Now how did you think of this composition. Really nice including the half circle! Have a safe and fun trip!

  11. Michelle~ I can’t wait to get home and try this one! Too, too cute!!! Your work and tutorials… simply the cat’s meow, thank you for sharing!!

  12. I too like those texture plates, now I have a great idea for them, thank you. Congrats Misty…now I have to buy that stamp instead of winning it…LOL LOL. Have a safe and God blessed trip Michelle. Will be looking around my area for duck decoys for ya. Did not know you collected them. Me it is turtles. Have fun. ekc

  13. LOVE this card!!!

  14. Simply gorgeous!! Love the colors and design – so rich!!

  15. Jan Barrie

    Just beautiful, as usual. You are amazing. Keep up the good work. Thanks so much for all the inspiration.

    Jan b

  16. Lovely, lovely!! Have a safe journey!

  17. Safe trip, Michelle! Enjoy your duck hunting…

  18. *LOVE* this card! Another beauty!

  19. I really like this one. The colours are gorgeous, and the unusual background just sets off the picture beautifully.

  20. Christina Franco

    This may be one of my all time favorites!!! :) Love it.

  21. Michelle,
    Have a safe and fun trip. Love the card!

  22. I love your use of colors!

  23. Fabulous, as always, Michelle! Love that embossed half circle – it really pulls it all together!
    I left you some love on my blog today. :o)

  24. Beautiful card Michelle! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial with us.

  25. I share your passion for trees Michelle! After trying to organize my stamps (which is hopeless) I realized I have tons of tree stamps!!! I can’t wait to give this a try! One question I do have; I find when I brayer over heat embossed images, I always get a white margin around the image. I go back and sponge to cover it. Am I doing something wrong or do you have the same problem??? Thanks for sharing this gawgus card! Have a safe trip! Oh and congrates to the winner of your blog candy!

  26. Lisa Moore

    Gorgeous card Michelle! Thanks for inspiring!

  27. i gott inspired by your work, but i can enjou your ws, it’s to far away, so i have to learn by watching your blogg. Thanks for your tutorial and all the picture…
    have a nice weekend.
    Johanna (from sweden)

  28. I am just amazed by your artistry!