Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Deer in the Christmas Wood

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     Goodness knows I have a million things I should be doing, but I couldn't help myself.  I've said it before--when the crafty mojo strikes I must go with it!  LOL
     My friend and ADFD team mate Jennifer Scull is the "Corrugated Cardboard Queen".  She really has a knack for using this stuff and she got me inspired to give it a whirl.  Thanks Jennifer!
     My card base is kraft with a white distressed mat.  Next is the layer of cardboard which I painted with Picket Fence Crackle paint and a little bit of gold ink.
     The little deer is an image I won at Do You Stack Up and is from their sponsor, Stretch 'n Bubbles.  He's colored with Copics.  GASP!  Yes I did say Copics.  They were calling out from the craft room again.  :-)  I used an embossing tool to "bow" out his body a bit for some dimension.  For his head I colored a second image of the head, used the embossing tool on it also, and then popped it on top of the first image for a little more 3D effect.
     The sentiment is a Michaels Recollection stamp which I also embossed and attached with pop dots.  The little snowflakes are the waste from a Martha Stewart corner punch.  I covered them and the edge of the white mat with Picket Fence Distress Stickles.
     Now the trees----ah my favorite part of this card.  I was really REALLY happy with how these came out.  I'm giving you the link to the awesome tutorial for how to do this right here.  The base is a triangle of cardstock and the "branches" are daisy flowers punches folded in half and glued on in layers.  Cool huh!  I used an emery board to sand the edges of the petals like the tutorial suggested, and if I would have had the white core Coordinations paper I would have gotten a different effect and might not have needed to add the puff paint snow.  I like the puff paint anyway so all is good.  :-)  Here's a close up so you can see all the cool dimension.

     Sorry for the wordy post.  :-)  Hope you like the card.  Off to upload some DT cards and get to all those other things I'm supposed to be doing.  LOL.  (P.S.  Nancy, this card made me think of you up there in Canada, Hugs to you snow girl!)
     I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments--any winter holiday sentiment
Colour Create--green, white, red
Crop Stop--use punches on your holiday project
Digi Doodle Shop--lots of sparkle
Forever Friends--it's all Christmas plus animal
Digital Tuesday--go green
Craft Your Passion--tis the season
Creative Stamp Friends--create a sing
Stamptacular Sunday--anything Christmas
Our Creative Corner--Christmas or pine tree
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days--winter wonderland
Phindy's Place--a sprinkling of snow

     Have a blessed day!


Papers:  Coordinations, Recollections, Georgia Pacific, Copic X-Press it Blending card
Stamp:  Stretch 'n Bubbles "Fawn Deer", Recollections
Ink:  Copics, Brilliance Galaxy Gold Dew Drop
Tools:  Marvy Uchida small and medium daisy punches, Martha Stewart snowflake corner punch
Miscellaneous:  Picket Fence Distress Stickles, Tulip Puffy paint, Picket Fence Crackle paint, Celebrate It ribbon


Jennifer Scull said...

oh my good golly gosh, Tracy! this is stunning! your cards are always a treat, but those trees are jaw dropping GORGEOUS!!!! wow! and you did the cardboard so beautifully! grins! can't believe that little ol' me could possibly inspire you, the queen of all things crafty, but glad I could help. you ROCK! :)

WencheP said...

WOW - this is awesome! Love those trees - looks absolutely stunning! Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


Marlies said...

Wauw Tracy!!! Those trees are so awesome!! What a lot of work but they are gorgeous. I love how you give the little deer a bit of dimension! Fantastic card!!
hugs, Marlies

Céline said...

gorgeous card, love the beautiful trees!
thanks for playing with us at stamptacular sunday this week
céline dt member

Jayne said...

Wow,this is stunning Tracy.Love,love ,love your trees!Gorgeous card.
Jayne x

Denise said...

This is such a beautiful card. That deer is so sweet and your trees - I am speechless. Totally gorgeous!!!
Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week xx

heidy said...

OMG tracy this is fabolous,love those trees,they're gorgeous!
Have a peek at that tutorial!
Hugs Heidy

Cheryl said...

This is so cute! I LOVE all the beautiful texture!

lindyloo said...

oh my this is stunning what a beautiful card thank you for joining us at the forever friends challenge this month
lindyloo x

Daniele said...

ohhhh what a fabbie card, the trees are stunning and the corrugated card is a perfect backdrop for them ......stunning

Nancy said...

Ooh...I LOVE it!! I haven't had the joy of seeing that cute little fella in my back yard yet but it sure looks like my trees! We had some fresh snow yesterday and the sun has been shining on them beautifully today! It's absolutely perfect, Tracy!! :o)

Sharon Traynor Designs said...

Fantastic!!! What an amazing background! Your card is just wonderful.
Thanks for joining us at the Colour Create Challenge.
Sharon xx

Melissa said...

Oh my such detail on the trees, love it,tfs!

Ann English said...

Absolutely fantastic!!! I love the dimension-just gorgeous!!!
Thank you for joining us this week for the Phindy's Place challenge.

Barbara said...

Wow, this is stunning! I love texture and this card really satisfies my appetite for dimension! The tree are awesome. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece!

Vicki said...

This is gorgeous! Love all of the texture and detail. Thanks for playing along with our CropStop Challenge Blog.

patricia said...

hi what a sweet christmas card
thanks for joining the ff challenge

tracym110 said...

Wow!! Those trees are AMAZING! The whole card is beautiful. I love it! TFS
Tracy M

Sleepy Stamper said...

The cardboard looks perfect with that cute deer! The trees OMG wonderful! Thanks for the link!!!


Stampalicious said...

this is stunning! I love all those details, thank you for joining our challenge at Digi Doodle Shop's best this week, hugs, martina

Unknown said...

WOW!! What a beautiful card.. That tree is gorgeous...

Hugs, Linda

Ros said...

Oh my GOODNESS!!! This is stunning .... I am in total awe of your creativity ... words can't say how much I LOVE this!!!

TYJ419 said...

OMgoodness Tracy! Awesome, awesome job!! Those trees I just love them. TFS

FerrellGraph-x said...

My jaw dropped and I literally said WOW! So beautiful and I'm so inspired now too!
Kindest regards,

Audrey Pettit said...

This is the most beautiful card ever!
Words just cannot describe how fabulous this is! You are truly amazing!

Allisa said...

That is one awesome card! Love those trees!

Marjie Kemper said...

This is fantastic! I was looking at it thinking, could those really be flowers? And I looked and looked some more. WOW. Thanks for sharing with us this week at Our Creative Corner!

Winnie said...

Fantastic card, love love the trees thank you for provide the link to the toturial, lovely colors,Thank you for joining our challenge at Stamptacular Sunday this week

Hugs Winnie DT

lalkygirl said...

stunning card ,love the 3d deer and the trees are awesome[thanks for the tut link]
thanks for joining us at the DDSB and good luck
tracey x

Kim said...

WOW this is AMAZING! I adore this card to pieces and those trees....Holy Moly are they great! Thanks for the link to the tutorial! Gotta give this a try!!!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs~ Kim

Sabrina said...

WOW! An amazing job and attention to detail! Thank you for joining us at Colour create Challenge. :)

Katie said...

This card is just fantastic. Love the scene you created and the depth it has. Beautiful! Thank you for joining Crop Stop Challenge Blog this week!

Karen said...

Oh wow, this is brilliant Tracy, and ver clever, thanks for joining us at DDSC.

Elizabeth Hart said...

I am stunned over those trees - I have to do that myself - they are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this unbelievable card on the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.

Frances said...

Wonderful card!! love your design and cute image, Those trees look awesome!
Thanks for playing along with us at Scrap Creations, hugs, Frances.

Unknown said...

Goodness Tracy, you know I've been a fan of your creations for quite some time now but I think you may just have outdone yourself with your FABULOUS trees here girl! This is definitely one of my favourite Christmas cards I came across this season! Hugs, Ira

Rosietoes said...

Absolutely gorgeous card and those trees are so realistic.
Thank you for joining us at Colour Create.

Edna x

Betsy said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those trees!!!! How creative! This is a beautiful and peaceful card!

Regan said...

Wow, fabulous! The trees are gorgeous!

CropStop said...

Those trees are amazing! Great job and thank you for entering!

Anonymous said...

Amazing creation.So much work and detail has gone in to this.Thanks for joining us at DDSC.Hope to see you again next week :D
Lisa x

Veronica said...

Oh my goodness, this is simply beautiful. I love it.
Thank you for joining us at

Geri said...

I can't believe the dimension you've created here, Tracy!! Those trees are amazing!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial info. And that little deer!! You've done an amazing job with him, too!! Crazy sweet!!

Miranda said...

OMG my jaw just dropped to the floor, this is absolutely gorgeous tracy thanks for sharing the tutorial
and thanks for joining our challenge this week

Anonymous said...

Tracy you've been chosen as the TOP TALENT award winner over at Our Creative Corner! Your card is so fabulous! The trees really stood out! Thanks for sharing the link and for participating with us!

Mervi said...

Gorgeous card, just adorable;-))m

Star said...

This is so completely amazing!! The whole layout is super cute, and those trees are GORGEOUS! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial!! Congrats on all the awards you've been winning with this card. =D

Thanks for playing along with us at Digi Doodle Shop! I hope to see you again in our next challenge.

xx Star

Joycelyn Pelkey said...

WOW!!! LOVE those trees!!! I'm going to have to give that a try!!! Thanks for the amazing inspiration!!!

Michelle Pearson said...

Amazing card Tracy! I LOVE it!! Love the punched trees and corrugated cardboard. Just AWESOME! :)

Thanks for playing the CropStop challenge!

AZOWEN said...

You took the basic tutorial to exceptional. I glad you did not have white core paper and used the puff paints on the branches. You brought that extra dimension to the card. Great job.