Beautiful You and Sheltering Tree – LOVE!

I am very excited to share my card with you this morning because I am quite pleased with how it turned out. It is no secret that I love creating handmade cards… even sympathy and thinking of you cards. While it is no fun to have a reason to send these types of cards, it is important to have them on hand for when they are needed. I made this card specifically for someone special who is going through a rough patch because I want her to know I am thinking about her. More than a note on Facebook or a text message, cards sent through the mail are treasured by the recipient. This one will be in the mail this morning and on its way to bring some cheer to my friend! Handmade Cards - Thinking of You card with Beautiful You and Sheltering Tree by Stampin' Up! | Rubber Stamps | Handmade Cards | The Way We Stamp | Julie DeGuia

I have seen the stamp set Beautiful You paired with several other stamp sets (Mediterranean Moments and Chase Your Dreams) using the masking technique, but those sets just aren’t my thing. After having my eye on the Sheltering Tree stamp set for over a year, I finally purchased it in January. This was my first time using it and all I can say is WOW! If you want to do some simple stamping with a big impact, then this is a set you need to have!

How to make this card using the masking technique:

  1. The first thing you will do is stamp the image of the girl holding the umbrella in Basic Black Archival ink on a piece of 3.75″ x 5″ white cardstock. Position her on the left side of the middle so that when the trees are stamped she will end up between them. I used the archival ink because I knew I would be coloring the girl with our fabulous Watercolor Pencils and I didn’t want the outline to bleed. Note: I used regular Whisper White cardstock but you could use Whisper White Thick or Shimmery White as well.
  2. Stamp the girl again on a sticky note. Make sure part of the image is stamped near the top where it is actually sticky. Using your Paper Snips, cut the image out. You do not need to cut around all the black areas that stick out, just cut on the main outline, and you can leave off the squiggly shadow too.
  3. You can color in the girl now, or at the end. It really doesn’t matter. I used our Watercolor Pencils, but you could use ink from the top of an ink pad with either an Aqua Painter or blender pen. If you decide to use water, then I would recommend switching to a thicker paper or the Shimmery White Cardstock. I selected Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry for the dress, Daffodil Delight with the slightest bit of Pumpkin Pie for the umbrella, Early Espresso for the hair, and a touch of Calypso Coral for the skin. All were smoothed out and blended together with a Blender Pen. TIPS ON USING WATERCOLOR PENCILS.
  4. Position the sticky note image over the stamped image of the girl. This is your mask and you can now stamp on top of her without getting any ink in that area, and  she will appear to be in the foreground of the scene.
  5. First up in building this scene are the trees. I used Early Espresso stamped off once on a scrap piece of paper. I did this because the trees are slightly in the distance and I didn’t want the dark ink to overpower the scene. Handmade Cards - Thinking of You card with Beautiful You and Sheltering Tree by Stampin' Up! | Rubber Stamps | Handmade Cards | The Way We Stamp | Julie DeGuia
  6. The leaves and grass were stamped next in Cucumber Crush, all stamped off once.
  7. Then I went back in with the smaller leaf stamp and added the colored blossoms in Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum, again stamping off once each time.
  8. At this point I looked at the card and wanted to add some color to the white areas, but just a hint. I was afraid to add color with water because of the paper I was using so I went with a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge to add Soft Sky above the trees (stamped off once) and Cucumber Crush stamped below the trees, stamped off three (yes, three!) times.
  9. Finally I stamped the sentiment in the space I had left at the top. I considered stamping it on a strip of cardstock but I wanted to keep this a one layer (read simple) card. And besides the masking, this is very simple stamping!
  10. I used Daffodil Delight for the mat so that the umbrella wasn’t the only bright yellow area on the card. This was cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ and then added behind the white panel. Both were adhered to a standard card base (5.5″ x 8.5″ scored at 4.25″ on the long side and folded in half) in Rich Razzleberry. Handmade Cards - Celebrate card with Beautiful You and Sheltering Tree stamp sets by Stampin' Up! | Rubber Stamps | Handmade Cards | The Way We Stamp | Julie DeGuia

Here is another version of this card. It is very similar, but uses a different image from the Beautiful You stamp set, and a sentiment from the set as well. The dress and hat are colored with the Rich Razzleberry Watercolor Pencil, and the main green color is Wild Wasabi.

I hope you enjoyed my cards today and find the instructions easy to follow. Please ask if you have any questions.


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  1. Carolyn says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I’m heading into my craft room right now! Those are two of my fav stamp sets. Thanks for the easy to follow instructions.

  2. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing your creativity.

  3. absolutely love this and i have both sets. would love to CASE it if that’s ok with you.

  4. Vickie Miller says:

    Looks like a painting! So pretty.

  5. thank you so much for sharing such a stunning card.

    • Julie DeGuia says:

      Thanks for stopping by Barbara… I’m so glad you enjoyed my card! Such pretty cards on your blog as well! 🙂

  6. This card is beautiful! The colors are very springy. Thank you for explaining each step thoroughly.

    • Julie DeGuia says:

      Thank you Gale! I’m glad you found my instructions thorough… I sometimes wonder if I provide to much or too little info! 🙂

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