Sunday, December 31, 2017

Mom's Tree

Some of you may know my mom is completely blind in her left eye and has very limited sight in her right eye.  Since she no longer decorates for the holidays, I decided to make her a tree she could essentially keep up all year long.  And, since this tree is embossed, she can literally run her fingers over it.

What I Used Making my Project:
8" x 8" Panel
Watercolor Paper
Oxide Inks in Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet and Cracked Pistachio
Embossing Ink
Simon Says Stamp White Detail Embossing Powder
Indigo Blu Baroque Christmas Tree Stamp

Clear Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder
I used an entire sheet of watercolor paper to make this.  The first step is to emboss your focal point using white embossing powder.  I did a test; I did one design in clear powder and one using white powder.  These pictures don't do it justice, but the white powder was bright and clear while the clear powder just sort of faded into the background.  The tree on the right was embossed with clear powder and the tree on the left with white embossing powder.  Now they do look sort of similar but, once the inks dry, that white powder POPS as you can see by the tree I made.  Of course, in the spirit of full disclosure I used a lot more of the Oxide inks on the "white" tree since I knew that one was going to be the one I was going to give Mom.  I guess the bottom line is use whichever you prefer to get the look you are trying to achieve.  

I inked and spritzed the tree a lot.  I wanted it to be vibrant enough so my Mom could see the colors if nothing else.  I was positive the ink would stain the embossing powder but it didn't.   Once I was pleased with the colors, I trimmed the piece of watercolor paper down and mounted it onto the panel.  I tried to frame it but the bulk of the panel made that difficult, so I just gave her the panel.  And she loved it, of course, but she's a bit biased. That's it! The project took me about 3 days, but I am sure it would have gone much faster if I hadn't fiddled around with the Oxide Inks so much. I really do love the white popping out of the colors. I only have a few more holiday posts that I want to get published; so I hope you haven't lost your holiday spirit! Thanks, Christi

I am entering my Mom's Tree in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Inkspirational Challenge - Just Stamping
Stamping Sensations - Winter Trees & Flowers 
Rhedd's Creative Spirit  (running til 1/31/18) Altered Art/Etc
The Rubber Buggy - #8, Christmas/Winter
Altered Eclectics - (running til 1/31/18) Altered Art/Etc
Eclectic Ellapu - (running til 1/31/18) Anything Goes Altered Art
Inspiration Destination - #140 (running til 1/2/18) Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' - Anything NEW {first time I have used this stamp}


  1. Love the background and your beautiful embossing. I agree with you that those are gorgeous colors in the background. Your mother would treasure your card forever. Thank you for sharing your beautiful card with us at The Rubber Buggy challenge and can't wait to see you next card or project with us soon. Hugs Nancy Hill, Design Team for The Rubber Buggy

  2. It's a totally delightful creation, it's a wonderful idea for your Mum and perfect for our theme at Stamping Sensations challenge, many thanks for joining in.

    Wishing you a Happy and Crafty 2018.

    B x

  3. What a lovely idea to create a textured tree for your Mother. The white embossing is stunning

    Thanks for joining us at stamping Sensations this month


  4. Beautiful card. Love the colours. Thank you for joining our December challenge at Eclectic Ellapu. Be sure to join us in February for our first 2018 challenge. Judy DT

  5. Beautiful card, I love that your Mum was able to enjoy it so much too x

  6. That is beautiful!! Such a lovely tree!! Love the pretty background too!!

    Happy New Year!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  7. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu, good luck!!! Amy DT

  8. Back with my DT hat on, still loving this card. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin'. Cara DT x

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  10. What a lovely card you've created and so thoughtful to make it 'touchable' for your mom! Thank you for sharing your artistry - and kindness - in the Inkspirational gallery!

  11. Love that you have created something so tactile for your mom, so thoughtful..and so pretty too.
    Thank you for joining us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit..x

  12. Beautiful tree. Lovely colours. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month. Judy DT

  13. this is really lovely. Thank you for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics this month. Sammy-x


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