Although we could never replace the retiring stamp set, Lovely as a Tree, there is another set that will make a great alternative in meeting our “nature” needs – Rooted in Nature.

This set has a very similar vibe to Lovely as a Tree, but quite different in its own right. It also has matching thinlets which is always an added bonus.

Today’s card is one we made in my monthly card class last Saturday. The class made this as a Father’s Day card, but I demonstrate here that you always have the option to change the sentiment up to whatever your needs are at the time. Another perfect masculine birthday card is born.

I used two different techniques on this card, the thumping technique on the tree on the front and the rolling technique on the leaves on the inside of the card.

The thumping technique is where you completely color the stamp in a light color (Old Olive) marker and then you take a darker color (in this example, I used two, Shaded Spruce and Call Me Clover) and you thump the side of the brush tip marker on the stamp over the light color. After you huff on the ink to dampen it again, you stamp it on your paper and get these beautiful realistic looking leaves on the tree.

The rolling technique is where you first stamp the entire stamp in a lighter color (Old Olive) and then you roll the edges in a darker color (Shaded Spruce) to get the two toned variegated look of the leaves.

I used the same image and technique to stamp my matching envelope.

The girls in the class were really thrilled with the results of both techniques. And that is why I love teaching my classes.  Demonstrating something so simple that others think is so cool sparks so much joy in me.

I hope you can make my next class!

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