This card is for the Inspiration Challenge #189 over on Splitcoaststampers.  I got my inspiration from this photo.  I thought the model looked like a tree the way she was posing!


In trying to imitate the speckled design on the shirt, I colored directly with markers, lightly spritzed with water and then stamped.  This is another one of my favorite techniques.


I think the end result looks like a water colored time-consuming  process.  But, in fact, it took only seconds.  Really!  No fussing about with it.  The faster the colors are applied, the better it seems to look to me!


I love ribbon (who doesn’t!) so decided to put on three different ones that matched this beautiful new “Nouveau Chic” Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!.  (And speaking of love… this paper is incredibly GORGEOUS… oh my!!)  The ribbon does not lay flat its entire length.  But rather, for some variation, has a little hill just above the button.


This sentiment is one of my all time favorites.  It is stamped on vellum and adhered to the card under the faux stitching which helps hide any tape that might show through.


Have a wonderful weekend and…  Happy Crafting!!


All products used on this card are made by Stampin’ Up!.

Stamps: “Le Jardin Botanique”

Papers: Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, “Nouveau Chic” DSP, Vellum

Inks: Markers: Basic Black, Sage Shadow, Handsome Hunter

Accessories: Sage Shadow GG Ribbon from the Ribbon Originals “District” Collection, Basic Gray 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Apricot 1/4″ GG Ribbon, Basic Gray Corduroy Button, Black Hemp Twine, Photo Corners Punch, Paper Piercing Tool and Template

25 Responses to “IC189 – God Writes the Gospel”

  1. Hi Susan! I loved the coloring on your tree so much I came over here from Splitcoast to see if you explained how you did it. Hooray for me, you did! That technique was what I suspected, but I like to be sure… I think I need to look around some more and see what other wonderfulness you have here!

  2. Beautiful stamping…what a great effect with the three colors coming through on the tree. LOOOOVE the ribbon treatment!!

  3. Oh, my goodness, Susan! What a beautiful card! I love the way you stamped the tree and I love the way the photo corners help to frame it. I just got this set … now I’m even more excited to use it!! Thanks for the awesome ideas!

  4. Susan, this is truly beautiful. I love the colors you used and the way you did the tree is just gorgeous! I like the photo you based it on – that outfit is too cute. I haven’t seen this stamp set but I’ll have to look for it – it’s just so pretty the way you’ve done it. I also really like how you did the ribbon. TFS

  5. WOWZERS Susan, you did such a gorgeous job with the technique and the whole card, that ribbon is fabulous! I love the colors too….going to have to re-think that paper, I wasn’t sure about it – but I love this!

  6. Beautiful card! I love how the stamping look like watercoloring! Really like the ribbon treatment!

  7. Susan, this is a piece of art, absolutely gorgeous! I especially love your ribbon treatment!

  8. This is beautiful and so elegant. Wonderful combination of color and your fast and fun technique!

  9. Just love how the tree turned out! Lovely card.

  10. Susan, you just reminded me of a technique I need to try again sometime. (Note to self get more empty bottles from Michaels for water.) I’ve totally forgotten about this technique. I love the way it turned out. Had to scroll to the bottom of the post to see what stamp set the tree was from first since I don’t remember seeing it before. It’s just beautiful. Ok, I’m babbling now.

  11. Like the results of the tree, never heard that quote from Martin Luther, great with your image!

  12. Beautiful! Love the ribbon “hill” — it really looks neat, three layers of ribbon too — lovely card!

  13. This is beautiful! I was playing with this technique the other day too but haven’t finished it yet. Great way to use up some ribbon (do I sound like I have too much? LOL) !

  14. This is beautiful Susan. I love the way the image looks and the way you stamped it. This is a beautiful sentiment. I really like that paper up close but didn’t like it in the catty. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  15. Your tree is so pretty, Susan, and I love your unique ribbon treatment too!!

  16. Beautiful Susan. Your sentiment is perfect and your tree looks great. I like that ribbon treatment… how are you going to mail it though? lol

  17. Yes it looks absolutly like water coloring, it’s so amazing, the whole card is a fantastic art work!

    Hugs Anja from germany

  18. Oh my gosh, this is so beautiful!
    Fantastic design!!

  19. Love the way your tree came out!!!! Me too, I love to colour directly on the rubber and add some water – it’s a great technique, with super outcomes. Wish you a great week!

  20. Very pretty card. Love the way the tree looks. It really stands out along with the ribbon. Great color combinations.

  21. Love the tree, love the ribbon, love the paper!! 🙂 It looks absolutly lovely!

  22. You do the most beautiful cards for these inspiration challenges! Your technique is fabulous! I just love the colors. I looked at the photo of your inspiration piece. Very interesting and creative interpretation, Susan!

  23. Double wow on this one. The ribbon treatment is so unique & one I will definetly put to the test. Lovely card. Pat

  24. I just love how you inked up this tree and got the depth in the leaves!

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