December 22, 2014

Spotlighting Ornamental Pine Thank You

You saw my Christmas cards, here is the complementing thank you note I'll be sending this holiday season.

I cased a card from Dawn Griffith using the spotlight technique. I created the stamped image on a piece of 3.75" x 5" Very Vanilla CS. I added a bit of snow using our Signo gel pen. You can't see it in this photo, but I did use a two way glue pen and sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds on the pine cones. Using the Square Framelits,  I cropped the featured section of the image. From a piece of 4" x 5.25" Early Espresso, I cropped the next size square - when counting from the smallest to largest, I used the 3rd and 4th squares. Because I added a layer over the EE, I didn't have to be concerned that anyone would see my gaping square!
So, to put it all together, use a base of 8.5" x 5.5" Very Vanilla sponged with Early Espresso, add your EE layer, then the main image panel. Mount your cropped image to the EE square and adhere to the main image. Very fun effect! 

Based on my blog logo, you may realize that I love pine cones! I have a family room filled with them. It started during one of many visits to friends in Reno and a road trip from Reno to Sacramento. We had to pull off the road to give the dog a break and discovered these HUGE pine cones. Sugar pines; some of them weighing over 2 pounds! 

I can't tell you how many boxes of them I shipped back to Wisconsin. I also collected cones from Donner Pass and hopped a few guard rails to pick up Bristle cones. I even have a teeny tiny pine cone from a redwood in Muir Woods, along with a collection from family owned property. This is definitely a stamp set I'll keep and use often!

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Thanks for stopping and until next time, take gentle care,

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