July is heating up nicely, and you won’t hear me complain; not one bit. I’m a summer type of gal. It could be due to my formative years; growing up in California, or it could be that I just don’t like being cold!
I love the hot air, and I don’t even mind sweating all that much, as long as I have a nice shower waiting for me at the end of the day.
I love the green of nature...
and the orange of sunshine.
I adore the longer days and shorter nights. The color of blooming flowers and the smell of a freshly mowed lawn makes me giddy.
I crave the sweet fruits of the season.
Yep, I can’t think of one thing that I don’t love about summer.
BUT, how would I appreciate summer if it weren’t for the long months of winter? That great contrast of cold vs. hot – light vs. dark is what makes me appreciate what is missing. Don’t get me wrong, each season has its own beauty, and I do appreciate them all, but I admit that summer is my favorite.
All of this month, the Dream Team is featuring our newest toys: our DIES! Dreamweaver Stencils has a lot of them, and they make creating a project for ANY season, a breeze – be it a warm summer breeze or the cold blustery winds of winter.
My project today features, as I mentioned before, the Leafless Tree die which I show here die cut from Cherry Wood Veneer Paper.
I began my project with a 5” square piece of white cardstock. I sprinkled white embossing powder on the surface and heated it with my heat gun from the backside, so I didn’t blow off the powder from the top. There is nothing to hold the embossing powder to the card except for gravity. This technique works wonderfully for creating a snowy background, or if you are inclined, it also works great for a starry night scene.
After the powder was heated and cooled, I added blue color using distress inks and an ink blending tool, with the lighter ink shade in the center and the darker color around the edges – right on top of the embossing powder which acted as a resist.
I hand cut two pieces silvery white cardstock in a wavy pattern and used the same technique with the embossing powder but lightly added a hint of blue. I layered the white wavy strips onto my blue background before I added the die cut tree. I glued down the trunk, and some of the branches closest to the trunk, but left the outer branches free to pop up from the card.
I placed the tree slightly off the side of the card for interest, trimming off those that extended past the card, and applied white craft glue to the branches before adding Polar White flower soft. It gave the branches a “kiss” of wintery white.
To finish off my card, I stamped a sentiment from the Fancy Phrases set from Waltzingmouse Stamps. Since the sentiment hinted to missing someone, I thought a yellow ribbon around the trunk would be a nice touch.
Seeing this frosty Leafless Tree makes me appreciate the long hot summer even more because I know that before I can say LABOR DAY, my favorite season will fade into the next; the summer leaves will fall and leave the landscape naked to the elements.
Now I hope you will check out the rest of the "A" team, as well as our Guest Designers for the month of July, Terri Sproul. I know they are DIE-ing to show you their creations.
Lynn Mercurio (that’s me, and you are here)
Terri Sproul (GD)
That’s it for me today. But before I go, I wanted to remind you to join in the fun this month, and link up your DIE CUTTING project to the Dream IT Up! blog. (link below)
Hugs to all!