I certainly had a lot of fun making it. I usually have a pretty good idea of what I want the finished card to look like when I start the actual stamping but this one ended up completely different to my original vision.
I started off by heat embossing the Family Tree stencil with Detail Copper powder but I had two different ideas of how to finish it. I often take photos on occasions like this as I find it easier to make a decision by seeing them side by side on my computer screen. I thought it might be fun to share them.
The first one was putting the Clarity Silhouette figures in the apertures and making a Clarity family tree.
The second idea was to fill them with heat embossed Filigraphy Petals that match the stencil but should I do them in gold, copper or black?
In the end I decided on the first idea - a Clarity family tree.
I added some grass, clouds and the characters but it looked really boring.
That's when I had the idea of combining the Filigraphy Petals with the characters. Again I had a choice to make - Do I stamp them in blue to match the sky or green like the grass?
As you know I went for green. I'd used Adirondack Lettuce and Meadow for the grass so I used them again for this. First I inked up the stamp with Lettuce then I went around the edge with Meadow. This gives a lovely effect when you stamp it.
I also darkened up the grass and added some trees and a bird for a bit more interest. I wasn't totally happy with the words either - I thought that "The Clarity Family" sounded a lot better than just "Clarity Family" but I couldn't fit "The" in the same stamps in. After searching through my Claritystamp catalogue I found the perfect "The" at the beginning of "The Dreams Of a Kitten" stamp.
A final change I made was to cut the embossed frame off as it wasn't as neat as I'd like. I also thought it made it too similar to my Time and Tide card.
Well, I got there in the end!
Stamps and Stencil Used
Lesson 21 - Remountable Trees
Bird from the Remountable Birdhouse Set