Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Stamp Focus: Birch Impressionism

 Hello friends!
Warning: super photo-heavy post

How do you like our September release? Impressive, right? If you are a nature and floral lover, you then might have noticed "Birch Impressionism". This layering stamp set comes in TWO sizes of birch trees and four layers. With each layering stamp, it allows you create incredible depth and details.  I have created 3  cards and perhaps through my examples, you will be quite impressed with this stamp set!
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 Let's get right to the first project. The sentiment "happy winter birthday" was my inspiration. I set out to create a winter scene with birch trees. To simulate the white bark of the birch trees, I white-embossed (starting from the solid as first) the 3rd layer of the set first. Then I  took out the Gentleman's Gray and applied ink to the trees.
 You may not see that I used the coordinating die, but I did use them for the ink-blending. This is why the die are "worth" getting because you can use the negative die cut paper as the mask.  With the negative die cut ( I use a piece of copy paper) in place, I applied the grey ink. After that, I used the coordinating die to cover up the trees and applied various blue ink (Deep Blue Seas and  Lapis Lazuli) around the trees. 


Our Pure White Ink Spray is the best "snow"!  I absolutely love creating the snow scene.  The scene started to come to life once I added the white splatter! And oh...did I mention that it's worth getting the coordinating die?  I stamped  the sentiment "happy winter birthday" and used the Birch Tree Die and die-cut the sentiment! I bet you can use this die for ALL of your sentiment! Cool, right?
TIP: To create a natural setting, do not be afraid to change up the stamps a little bit. The slanted tree on the left evokes a natural and rustic setting. You can also leave out the word "winter" and use "happy birthday" all year round.


The 2nd card is to celebrate love and nature! The Parchment card stock is perfect for stamping the birch trees!

This time, the birch trees were stamped in brown (Hazelnut, Almond Butter) and white- embossed ( Pure White Embossing Powder.)

I then die cut the trees and popped them over the card stock. The background (Vanilla Cream) and heart (stamped in Rubellite,  diecute with Halftone Heart Nesting Dies) were stamped with "A Walk in the Woods". I also changed up the sentiment "you & me" to the vertical setting.
TIP: stamp the & first and then you (on top) and me ( at the bottom). I used Washi Tape to cover part of the sentiment, so it will not leave any ink in unwanted area when stamping.
 My 3rd card is all about floral. The Birch Impressionism is fabulous for backgrounds!

 I paired it up with Charming Doodles with the assorted colors of Birch Impressionism. This card is pretty straightforward. I am listing the colors in case you like to create something like this.

 Charming Doodles: stamps and leaves (Tropical Forest, Misty Morning), Hearts (Coral Berry), flowers (Snapdragon, Marigold and Enchanted Gold), trees (Vanilla Cream, Sunray, Milk Chocolate).

As you can see "Birch Impressionism" is so very versatile. I love that you can use the birch tree for nature or more graphic designs. The multiple layers sure make it fun and easy!


TIP: To add dimensions, simply popped up part of your background to create height and you can position your elements accordingly.  In the 3rd card, the dies provide the backbone for background, sentiment and colors!

 I truly hope that you are impressed with this stamp set.

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MelissaF said...

Gorgeous cards, love the snowy texture on the birch trees and all the popped up dimension! So many brilliant ideas and inspiration to use this fabulous birch tree set, thank you!

Christine Kiehl said...

Truly beautiful and very creative cards indeed. I'm not sure how I missed this stamp set at Altenew? I see and read all of their stuff. Eekk. LOL

Greta said...

Just left you a comment at Altenew. That first card is so inspiring, Virginia!

conil said...

I bought this set because, somehow, I knew you'd tell me how to use it. And here you are, doing just that. All these cards are inspiring and I can't wait till the mail comes with my set.

Patty-Treasures in Letters said...

Congratulations Virginia on 10 years of blogging!!! Your cards are so beautiful and I just love it when you share about your family. I hope you enjoy every minute of your daughter's wedding! She is beautiful and brilliant! ;)

MadeByMeghanK said...

WOW! What a cool card! This is a really fun set! I saw you aren't doing the Show and Share this month... did you announce the August winners? I couldn't find the post....

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Three beauties with that birch set, Virginia!! Especially love how you used some of the layers to created strips for your "you are beautiful" card!!

Dawn T said...

Gorgeous cards Virginia. It's awesome to see how the stamp set can be sued.

Karthikha said...

Oh wow! I wasn't really a fan of this stampset during the release but your inspirations make me feel otherwise now!! The first winter card is just amazing and it's my fav! <3

Sue D said...

Wonderful variety--very versatile stamp set.

Denise Bryant said...

These are so pretty! Love the colors and textures!