Just Add Ink #492

I so love creating layers of pine branches with the Spruced Up Cardmaking Stamp Set.  The moment I saw the Sketch Challenge at Just Add Ink, I knew this set would be a perfect match.  Here is the original sketch design-

To create my card, I started with an oval base in French Vanilla cardstock.  I stamped up my pine branches in New England Ivy ink and stamped directly onto the paper.  I then stamped a few extra branches and cut them out with their coordinating Thin Cuts dies. I stamped my bird in Intense Black ink and added in a touch of color with Copic markers, T0, T1. The pinecones were stamped in Espresso ink and color added with Copic markers, E13, E33. The bird and pinecones were then die cut as well.  I layered my branches onto the oval base, not worrying about the overhanging branches.  My first layer was adhered directly to the paper, then next layer was applied with 3-D foam tape.  Once my branches were complete, I trimmed off the excess branches to keep my oval shape.  I placed my bird among the branches, mounting it with 3-D foam tape as well.  I finished off my shape with a stamped banner and a few pinecones.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:
Z3633 Spruced Up Cardmaking Stamp Set
Z7253B Spruced Up Paper Packet
X7253C Spruced Up Coordinating Cardstock Pack
Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2829 Espresso Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6516 Sangria Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Oval Dies-MFT
Fishtail Dies-MFT

I have also entered my card in the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps-Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon-Wild One
Penny Black-Animals, Birds & Butterflies
The Paper Shelter-With a Sentiment

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Your pine branches look fabulous - and I love your sweet chickadee too! Such a wonderful card!

    Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon this week!

    Small Bits of Paper

  2. A really stunning design Allisa, and beautiful interpretation of the sketch you were following. Gorgeous stamped images and such a wonderful result. Thanks for sharing this with us at The Paper Shelter!

  3. A really beautiful image and a super background, lovely colours too. Thank you for joining our 'Animals, Birds or Butterflies' challenge at Penny Black and More.

    Kath x

  4. Great stamping on this creation, a lovely thank you card with lots to look at, many thanks for joining us at Penny Black and more Challenges xxxxx

  5. Gorgeous card and lovely layout. Thanks for joining us at ATSM this week.

  6. A really lovely design and colour palette, many thanks for sharing with us and joining in with our 'Animals, Birds and Butterflies' theme at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  7. You created a lovely perch for your bird Allisa! I love how you tied your focal image in so seamlessly with the background. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week. Kim

  8. This is so beautiful and elegant Allisa! And the little bird nestling on the branch is the perfect image for a friend popping into say than you. On that note - thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week!

  9. The layers look great on this card. I think this would work well for Christmas and other occasions too. Chantell Just Add Ink


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