Claritystamp craft club lookback – willow tree #143

Welcome to my crafty blog and another Sunday dip back into Claritystamp’s craft club. This week, I’m back to September 2018 and the ‘willow tree’ stamp. Now, I often comment that I hadn’t used the club stamps until now, however I did have a good excuse back then for not using this one – I broke my shoulder that month! Inevitably, it was the right one and I’m very right-handed so I actually didn’t do much real crafting for some time, despite being off work for three months and not being allowed to drive for nearly five!

Anyway, it was good to finally get the ‘willow tree’ out of it’s packaging. I thought it would work well in a little scene using one of the ‘clean and tidy’ layout stamps, and started by stamping the ‘circle’ layout onto a square of white card. I then added the ‘willow tree’, having used sponges to ink it with ‘walnut stain’ and ‘mowed lawn’ Distress Oxides.

These stamps come with a full set of precut masks, so I used the individual elements to cover up the stamped area apart from the two circles. I used a torn piece of copy paper and a sponge to add the ground under the tree in ‘mowed lawn’ and blended a little ‘speckled egg’ into the sky with a brush. I also the brushed a little ‘mustard seed’ into the small circle to give me a sun.

I carried on removing individual elements of the masks to add landscapes in the two boxes to the left, using the ‘wee trees’ and ‘wee foliage’ stamps. I blended more of the ‘walnut stain’ into the sections of the oval to the right and then removed all the individual masks. I replaced them with the single large square mask, which covered the whole stamped area, and blended more of the ‘walnut stain’ around the edge to frame the image.

I stamped the sentiment onto the left side of the card and attached it to a 6×6 card blank. The final touch was to add a few light brown Glossies.

These layout stamps are great for creating montages with different scenes – definitely going to be doing some more of these. In the meantime, I’m sharing this card over at Festive Friday – there’s no peanut butter on this card, but I have picked up brown, circles and enamel dots from their inspo list.

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