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Bendi Framed Snowy Trees

Good Saturday morning.  I have one more project using the Hero Arts Color Layering Snowy Tree and Color Layering Snowy Tree Frame Cuts to share with you with today and I promise I’ll focus on something different this next week.  This time I combined stamping with heat embossing and watercolor to for my snowy forest scene and created dimension by adding layers and a Bendi Frame.  I wanted the deer in my scene to be a little larger than the one with the set so I used the fawn from the Impression Obsession Deer Trio die set.  The frame was made using the Nesting Card Templates.  You can check out my Bendi Frame step by step and video tutorial on Splitcoaststampers if you would like to see how I made my bowed frame.

KC Hero Arts Color Layering Snowy Tree 2 left

I began with hot pressed watercolor paper to use for my scene.  I applied Crushed Curry distress Ink to the solid tree stamp, lightly misted with water (from a distance of about 1 1/2 feet) and stamped trees all the way across the page.  I used my heat gun to dry the ink the ink on the trees and rubbed  the embossing magic bag on the paper to eliminate static cling.  Next I used versa to stamp the snowy tree image and the falling snow image and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I repeated the steps and stamped the trees three times on a separate piece of watercolor paper and then cut them out using the coordinating tree die. 

Next I used a large round brush to apply a light water wash around the sky area and down in between the trees to prepare the paper for the blue sky wash.  I put a good amount of Tumbled Glass Distress Reinker in the lid of my ink pad, add a small amount of water in the lid and mixed with my brush.  I began applying the ink wash in the sky area and down in between the trees.  I purposefully brushed the blue ink wash close to the tree edges to make the green ink run a little.  I loved that it created the appearance of light around the trees. Once I was finished with the sky I went back and brushed a strong mixture of green reinker over the trees to add back some of the color that washed out.  I think the Crushed Curry and Tumbled Glass inks created a whimsical non-traditional color combination for the scene.  I painted the deer with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress reinkers and then added a light mixture of Squeezed Lemonade reinker and water to create the appearance of light shining on it’s back  through the trees.  I’m not sure I really accomplished that but I tried.  LOL!

KC Hero Arts Color Layering Snowy Tree 2 center

I cut the card base to be 5 3/8” by 4 1/4”.  There needs to be a 1/8” difference in the card base and the 5 1/5” x 4.25” frame to create the bowed frame.  I attached the tree scene layer to the card base with ATG adhesive. I cut two snow ground layers using my deckle scissors, applied versa over both pieces and embossed with white embossing powder.  I attached one of the layers to the scene base with a double layer of mounting tape. The second piece was attached to the back of the frame with ATG adhesive. I applied thin strips of mounting tape on both sides of the frame, removed the backing of the tape on one side and attached the frame to the card  base.  Next I removed the tape backing from the right side of the frame, lightly bowed the frame out and carefully attached it to the right of the card base. I cut an inch or so off the bottom of the three die cut trees so they would be shorter and not cover up the trees in the background. I applied double layers of mounting tape to the back of two of the trees and tucked them in behind the snow layer and attached to the scene base. I applied a triple layer of mounting tape to the front of the third tree and attached it to the back of the front snow layer on the bowed frame. I cut a tiny bit off the rear of the fawn to it could be tucked in behind the tree on the right  and attached it with it with a single layer of mounting tape. I cut and painted a little star using Squeezed Lemonade reinker and applied yellow Wink of Stella for a bit of sparkle and attached it in the sky area with a double layer of glue dots to complete the scene.

KC Hero Arts Color Layering Snowy Tree 2 close

Here is a close up side view of the card to show the dimensional layers.  Sorry the colors look strange in this picture but it was a little hard to get good light at this angle.

KC Hero Arts Color Layering Snowy Tree 2 right

Well I hope you haven’t gotten sick to death of all my snowy tree holiday cards but I sure have had fun using the coordinating sets.  Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Bendi Frame Snowy Deer Scene

Good Tuesday morning.  I have a Bendi Frame project to share with you today.  I love adding dimension to my card fronts and a curved frame allows me to bring the elements of my scene out away from the card base just a bit further than a frame secured on all four sides.  You can see my Bendi Frame  step by step pictures and a video tutorial  over at Splitcoaststampers.

.KC Elizabeth Craft 5 Part Pine 3 left

I cut the frame  5 5/8” wide by 4 1/2”, 1/8” wider than the 5 1/2” wide card base.  I know it may not seem like just 1/8” would create much of a curve but it does.  I cut three 5 inch wide snow layers using my deckle scissors.  I wanted the snow layers to fit on the card base and allow enough space on both sides to mount the frame flat to the base and not overlapping the layers. The tallest one was attached flat to the card base with ATG adhesive.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the ends of the second strip, attached the left side, curved the strip slightly and then attached the right side. I attached the third strip directly to the back of the frame with ATG adhesive and then attached thin strips of mounting tape to the sides only. I carefully attached the left side of the frame to the card base.  I curved the frame out slightly and carefully lined up the right side of the frame to the card base and attached. If this is as clear as mud hop on over to see my pictures and video and it will make more sense.

KC Elizabeth Craft 5 Part Pine 3 center

Once the frame was attached it was smooth sailing from there.  I cut all the tree sections of the 5 Part Pine, and the  Mama and Baby Deer and  Valley Deer Trio and began assembling.  The fun thing about the pine set is that you can make several different sized trees.  I assembled the tree sections with glue dots and mounting tape.  I wanted the sections to have separation for a natural look.  I attached the two back trees to the card base with mounting tape.  The two smaller trees were attached to the center curved snow section with mounting tape.  I love how they stand out away from the back trees.  After the trees were in placed I played around with where I wanted to place the deer.  I finally settled on two in the back between the trees and attached one directly to the card base with mounting tape and the second was attached directly to the back deer with another layer of mounting tape. I attached one to on the left side of the scene to make him look like he was scampering out of the frame.  I attached glue dots to the front of the mother deer’s feet and attached her to the backside of the snow layer.  I tucked the baby deer’s feet in between the frame and snow layer and attached it with mounting tape. I punched out a few snowflakes from my Martha Stewart PATP punch and attached a few around the scene with glossy accents to add  interest. I added tiny sprigs of fir to the neck of both the mother and baby just to make them a little more visible against all the white background because I knew they would be hard to make show well in my photographs.

KC Elizabeth Craft 5 Part Pine 3 close

Here’s a close up side view to show the layers and dimension.

KC Elizabeth Craft 5 Part Pine 3 right

I sure appreciate you coming by and I hope you have a great day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Candy Box Winter Scene Diorama

Good Sunday morning.  I am officially on vacation until Monday the 29th. Woo Hoo!  I am such a happy girl!  My project today is one like I have made many times before but this time I made it into the inside of an empty Russell Stover chocolate covered cherries box.  I have no idea how the box got empty.  LOL!  The box is 5.75” square and is 1.5” deep.  I decided create a diorama and adding depth and dimension with Bendi (curved) ground snow layers. 

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 6 center

I started by inserting a piece of blue cardstock inside the box to create the sky background. I cut four different snowy layers with my deckle scissors leaving each one wider than the box and crimped them with my wave crimper. I cut the back layer to the width of the box and attached to the box with double layers of mounting tape. As I moved forward the next layer was cut to be just about 1/16 of an inch wider than the inside of the box.  This allowed there to be a small bowed curve when attached ton both sides with double layers of mounting tape to the layer behind it. Believe me when I say that it doesn’t take much additional width to create a bow.  I added 1/8 of an inch to the third layer and 3/16 of an inch to the last layer.  Each were attached at the edges to the layer behind it with a double layer of mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 6 right

I cut Tree Frame using tan woodgrain embossed cardstock and cut off the frame surrounding the tree. I cut the Fir Trees  and crimped them with my straight crimper.  Next I applied Crafter’s Pick glue to the trees and pine sprigs and applied Polar White Flower Soft.  I used an old brush to apply the glue on the trees and spread it on the pine branches with my fingers.  Be sure to wash your brush well if use it to apply Crafter’s Pick.  It will wash out but your brush will never be great for fine painting after that. I attached all the trees into the scene with double and triple layers of mounting tape. I tucked the pine sprigs into the scene attaching with glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 6 close left

I colored the bunnies with antique linen and vintage photo ink using a mini applicator and attached them into the scene with mounting tape. I attached the cardinals in the scene with rolled glue dots.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 6 close right

I finished by cutting a frame using the grand labels one and attached to the box with 1/8” double stick tape.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 6 left

I love how this turned out.  I will send it to my mother-in-law.  She keeps everything I send her out around the house all year long.  It touches my heart.

If you are interested in finding out more about creating Bendi projects there are a two different step by step tutorials and videos over at Splitcoaststampers.

Bendi Fold Card

Bendi Frame Card

All dies used ton this project are made by Impression Obsession.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

Box size:  5.75” square and 1.50” deep.



Bendi Frame Bunny Scene

Good Wednesday morning.  Last year in December I posted the card you see below with a Bendi Frame and a winter snowy bunny scene.

KC Impression Obsession Bunny Set 9 left

Dina Kowal, Artist in Residence at Splitcoaststampers  asked if I would be a guest Tutorial Author and create a Bendi Frame tutorial with a similar scene for SCS.  I hope you will come on over and join me for my step by step photos and video tutorial.  

Bendi Frame right

The stamped trees and sponged sky was added to the card base to create the background for the scene. There are two layers of grass border attached to the card base with mounting tape.

Bendi Frame center

Adding the bunny and grass to the back of the curved frame adds another level of dimension to the scene. The trees and bunnies were tucked in between the grass layers and attached with mounting tape and rolled glue dots .

Bendi Frame Close

This view from the top shows how far out the bent frame is from the base of the card.

Bendi Frame top

The stamped trees and sponged sky in the background draws your eye in to the mini diorama.

Bendi Frame left

You can find all the details of my snowy winter card on my post here

I hope you will give this technique a try and upload your card to the Bendi Frame Gallery here

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”