Direct Trendy Trees – Totorial #254


Happy Sunday!  Sunday is usually my chill out day.  A day when I just put my feet up and relax.  Today however, I felt I should give you fine readers a tutorial since I have been busy prepping for my September brayer workshops and yesterday I was in Greenwood, Indiana teaching some super fun ladies at Sharon’s Crop Studio.  That being said, I have not had the time in the past few days to sit down and create.

I put together this Autumn card using Stampin’ Up Classic Ink pads using the direct to paper method for the background.  This card also highlights the Stampin’ Up Trendy Tree set and two new sets that are in the new Stampin’ Up Holiday Mini Catalog, Autumn Splendor and Grateful Greets, must have sets! 

On a side note, e-mail me your address if you want a free copy of the new Stampin’ Up Mini Catalog and you reside in the USA,

I created this card the other day and got a few e-mails asking me why I had used the Tim Holtz Distress ink pads instead of using Stampin’ Up ink pads.  dsc00636.JPG

Below is a picture of the Stampin’ Up ink pad on the left and the Tim Holtz Distress ink pads on the right.  There is a really big, big difference in how much the pad is raised above the pad base with the Distress ink pads.  So that is why when I do a direct to paper project and I want to smear the ink directly on the card stock using the ink pad, I will reach for my Distress ink pads.  They are much easier to use because of how much the pad is raised off of the base. 

Don’t get me wrong you can do the same method with the Stampin’ Up ink pads because the pad is raised off the base a bit.  Todays tutorial demonstrates it.  :)


Okay, let’s get started on today’s tutorial “Direct Trendy Trees”.


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Trendy Trees, Autumn Splendor & Grateful Greetings
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Basic Black, Apricot Appeal & Always Artichoke
Ink: Stampin’ Up Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip and Basic Black
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-Jig, Stampin’ Up Markers Always Artichoke & Basic Black, Paper Snips, Versamark pad and marker, sponge

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Stamped the Leaves 4 more times by first loading my stamp with Versamark and then Always Artichoke ink before stamping them.  Heat embossed the images using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.



Sponged Pumpkin Pie ink in the middle of the leaves and colored over the sponged ink with a Versmark marker and heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder and a heat gun.




Stamped the Trunks by first loading my stamp with Versamark and Close to Cocoa ink before stamping them.   Heat embossed the images using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.



Smeared Certainly Celery ink on the card stock using the edge of the Stamp pad.


Smeared Always Artichoke ink at the bottom of the card stock using the edge of the ink pad.


Smeared Close to Cocoa ink at the top and bottom of the card stock using the edge of the ink pad.  Used the corner of the Close to Cocoa pad to smear a shadow under each tree trunk.


Outlined the right sides of the tree trunk with a Basic Black marker.


Sponged Black ink around the edge of the card stock.


Stamped the leaf from the Stampin Up “Autumn Splendor” set by first loading my stamp with Versamark and then with Pumpkin pie ink before stamping it on a scrap of Whisper White card stock.  Heat embossed the image using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.



Smeared Apricot Appeal ink over the embossed leaf using the edge of the ink pad.


Smeared on some Always Artichoke ink  on the leaf using the edge of the ink pad.


Colored the stem and a few veins of the leaf in with an Always Artichoke marker.


Cut out the leaf with a pair of Stampin’ Up Paper Snips, love these little sharp scissor by the way.  :)


Assembled my card and stamped the greeting using a Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement and Basic Black ink.


Here is the completed card measuring 5″ x 6.5″. 


Hey it is now time for me to relax and put my feet up, right after I answer my e-mails, check my P.O. Box, update my accounting paperwork for my business, do some laundry, feed the dogs and the bird, make some breakfast, do the dishes etc, etc.  . . . . . . . . . Thank goodness it is not Monday!  Sigh. ..  .

May your Sunday be one of rest and relaxation.

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

Huge Hugs,


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9 responses to “Direct Trendy Trees – Totorial #254

  1. Bless your heart Michelle, you are one busy gal. Thanks for another lovely tutorial. The card is pretty. I like the larger size but wonder where do you get envelopes to fit? Hopefully your *must get done list* goes easy and you have 1/2 the day to relax. You deserve it. Have a blessed Sunday, hugs…

  2. Beautiful card! Multitask those chores and put your feet up for a while!

  3. Absolutely love your cards! I just found your blog recently and immediately signed up to receive daily updates (of course!). I attempted several of your cards (with different sets) and thought they turned out pretty good! Thank you for your inspiration!

  4. Thanks, Michelle, for the terrific class yesterday in Greenwood. I learned so much and you are a patient teacher. We had lots of fun and I urge anyone who reads this blog to take a class when you are in their near vicinity. I love the cards we made and can’t wait to try it on my own.

  5. Mitzy German

    Another wonderful card Michelle. How you come up with all your ideas is a real wonder. You are so talented. Thank you again for sharing. Stay Well, and do be careful in all your travels. Hugs and hugs to you, too.

  6. Super cute Michelle. Love the addition of the leaf as a embellishment.

  7. Know just how you feel! Taking care of Mom and her administrative stuff, cleaning her house, etc., then coming home and doing mine! Whew. Glad she is here for me to do for though so I’m not complaining! Michelle, this is a lovely card! We are on the threshold of my favorite time of year and this absolutely helps ring in the harvest time! I am going to see what I can do with this one! By the way, my mini cataloge came and thank you so much for sending it. I’m still drooling over it.

  8. LOL on the putting your feet up right after all the chores….I know just how you feel on that! Thank you so much for all your wonderful tutorials…I always learn so much.

    I wanted to mention that the stampin’ spots are raised up a bit more than the large pads and are a bit easier for direct methods. BUT they cover a much smaller area so sometimes they make a line where the edge of the pad is….which can be neat too…you just have to plan how you will swipe the color down. (Hopefully that made sense!) Anyways, if anyone has the spots, you might use those instead of the large pads for this technique.

    Thanks again for all the inspiration!

  9. Ok, LOVE this card. Again, simple artistry with big impact. Great photos and tutorials with tips. Speaking of tips – a thanks to your comment poster “Katie” with the reminder about the Stampin Spots. Ok, thanks to everyone!!