Sunday, 9 February 2014

The Clarity Family Tree

Here's another card from February's Claritystamp shows.

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



  1. What a stunning card Lynne and so much work...I love the way you talk us through your though is great to see it all come together...hope you are having a good Sunday...hugs...Jo. X

  2. Oh Lynne you do come up with them don't you this is brilliant and its great to see how you get to where you get to if you catch my drift xx

  3. This is such a lovely card, thanks for sharing how you reach a final design too. X

  4. Lynne this looks amazing! And what a great way to use the stencil! I'm sure you have had other ideas for it too which I hope you share with us! xx

  5. what a process lynne. i know you said it was boring without the petals but i kind of like it. it looks very clean almost clinical like that. finished product is tremendous xx

  6. Fantastic card, I really need the family tree set x


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