Simply a Tree

and warm, loving thoughts


11/11/20232 min read

Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencil I used from A Colorful Life Designs . Follow the link and use discount code ChrisFan10 to save 10% on your entire order! (Master Creator Bundles are excluded as they already have a 20% discount built in.)

Let’s Get Started:

Card Base: 5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Border: 5.5 x 4

Card Face: 5.5 x 4

Card Face:

  • I secured the stencil to the card face with Mint tape and also used a piece to cover up the tree trunk.

  • I applied dark green ink to the upper portion, allowing for a variation in tone across the stencil.

  • I removed the mask from the tree trunk. I covered the bottom portion of the green branches.

  • I used a medium brown ink to create the tree trunk.

  • I trimmed the piece down to 2” wide, spacing evenly on either side. (I didn’t trim it until this step as it was easier to attach the stencil to a larger piece of paper.)

  • I used a ruler and an embossing pen to add a very thin line of Versamark to both long sides. I added gold embossing powder and set it with my heat gun.


  • I stamped the sentiment with Versamark, added gold embossing powder and set it with my heat gun.

  • I cut this out with a small circular die.

  • I pressed the edge of the Versamark pad to both long sides of the border piece and added gold embossing powder. I wanted an imperfect finish on this section, so I took a brush and removed a bit of powder here and there before setting it with my heat gun.


  • I glued the border to the card base, centering vertically.

  • I added the card face on top of this, again centering vertically.

  • I added the sentiment, placing it as shown.

Final thoughts:

I like the look of the irregular border on the border piece as it suits the style of the stencil, but could have finessed it a bit more - I was just getting over covid when I created this card, and clearly my choices weren’t completely “there” yet, lol.

However, overall I really like the simplicity of this card.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

I have listed which products I have used, and where they may be purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.

Stencil: Jointed Tree, A Colorful Life Designs

Ink: Stampin’ Up!


Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up!

Versamark: Simon Says Stamp

Gold Embossing Powder: Stampin’ Up!

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Cream cardstock for cardbase and cardface: Michaels

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