Fall Trees with Sponging & 2 Step Stamping Techniques

Fall is definitely in the air here in Kingston, Ontario.  The air has a chill, and the trees are changing into a gorgeous kaleidoscope of autumnal colours. It is the perfect walking weather with the grass still green and that just-cool-enough for a sweater feel.  That feeling of fall made me want to create this fall card.

I started with the gorgeous Beauty of Friendship stamp set.  This stamp set is a “2 Step Stamping” set which has a built-in technique.  Basically “2 Step Stamping” is a technique where you stamp one image first (usually the more filled-in image) in a lighter colour.  Then you stamp the second stamp (the one with more detail) over top of the first stamped image to create a lovely textured and multi-coloured image.

In the Beauty of Friendship stamp set there are two different sized and types of trees that you can stamp in the “2 Step” technique way.  In addition, there is the tree trunk image that you could use by itself or add, as a base, to the tree tops.  And of course, there are great sentiments in this stamp set that work well for many occasions like my “Thinking of You” card.   This is a perfect card to let someone who is sick or not feeling great to let them know you are thinking of them.  And one of my favourite pieces in the stamp set is the “dots” image (read how I used it below).

beauty of friendship stamp set

To create the card, I first did some sponging with the Blending Brushes. You can see all the supplies I used at the end of this post.

Here’s how I did the sponging technique:

  1. I first stamped the trees and the tree tops (see the video below for colours).
  2. I ripped a piece of scrap paper into a “curvy” pattern.
  3. I held the scrap paper close to the bottom of my Basic White piece of cardstock and then I used my Blending Brush and Old Olive ink to sponge the “grass”.
  4. Then I used another Blending Brush with the Balmy Blue ink and sponged almost right up to the “grass” line.
  5. I then added some of the “dots” image, with Balmy Blue ink, on the top of the panel. I stamped some of the dots directly from the inkpad and some without reinking (for a lighter colour). I thought the dots in the sky made the sky look a little more textured and had a hint of the “chill” in the air.

fall sequin side card

Here’s how I added the sequins:

  1. Add some liquid glue (see the list of supplies below) in dots over the trees where you want the sequins to appear.
  2. Pick out what sequins you want to use. I just used the green assortment ones as I wanted to add a little bit of “green” to the coloured trees.
  3. Get a tray or a plate or anything to capture the loose sequins.
  4. Sprinkle the sequins over the top of the trees.  I used a piece of scrap paper to lay over top of the sequins so I could push the sequins into the card.
  5. Let it dry for a few minutes (or more time if you can).  Then shake off the excess sequins and capture them back into a tray. I love the tray in the Stampin’ Up! Embossing Additions Tool Kit.  You can save the sequins to reuse again.

See the full how-to on the sponging and 2-Step Stamping Technique below in a recap video from a recent Facebook Live that I did.

Watch the video HERE.

To view or purchase any of the products I used on this fall card, please click on the images below or HERE to go to my Online Store.
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