The Willow Tree...


Let's talk about this Willow Tree...

The Willow Tree Bundle

This Bundle was one of my "must have items" from the time I first viewed the New Annual Catalogue from Stampin' Up. I felt like it had so many possibilities... and it does. 

The first time I sat down at my desk to give it a whirl, left me slightly frustrated or maybe puzzled is a better word. It created a mystery I have yet to figure out ~ the placement of the die cut vines to create the willow tree. 

In the example above I used the solid die cuts that are included in the set. Then cut the vines, most of which come in one piece that in no way shape or form fit over the tree to create the umbrella of vines that a willow tree has. 

Now perhaps the die cuts were not meant for that purpose, I am still determined to create the tree using only the die cut vines, so you can watch for that coming up... it's coming.. I know it. 

The stamp set is pretty straight forward, however I find it easier to stamp the large leaves first and then stamp the tree inside the indicated empty spaces to line it up. Then follow up with the smaller leaf bunch. 

Then poses the question - is that a small pond, or a base shadow for the tree? I suppose it could be either. 

There is no detail on the bunnies, they are simply a stamped silhouette bunny shape, yet they look so adorable under the tree on a stamped card. 

The tiny grass patch is always handy, as are the small single leafy vine stamps. They in themselves can be used when creating other cards when you just need a sprig of green. 
Same would go for the die cut pieces ( more about that to follow ).

If you look at the die set below, you can see the pieces that the dies cut out and perhaps understand my dilemma. Those die cuts on the very bottom do not fit on the tree without trimming them all down to fit. Which is ok, it still makes a beautiful card, just a little more work.

Despite being a bit frustrated with this set at first... I have discovered it has so many uses.
It's going to be well used on many cards even if they don't include a willow tree. Like this one πŸ‘‡

A little background blending with a few ink colors and blending brushes (easy peasy), a few stamped trees, some birds, and of course the beautiful deer. Then I just added that large vine type die cut from the Willow Tree Die Set upside down with a few rolled up glue dots to add some dimension to this card. I was simply just playing around but the card turned out quite nice. 

For this card I stamped the large and small vine sections of the Willow Tree Stamp Set and cut the pieces out with the coordinating dies. *NOTE - I used 1 large vine section, and 3 small vine sections to create this look. I also used dimensionals to create different layers. 
In the background I masked the cloud shapes with some awesome 3M sticky note paper and blended some balmy blue ink with a blending brush, switching over to Pear Pizzaz for the bottom section of the card. 

In case you're up for a little Halloween in May, the tree base makes a perfect Halloween tree. Slight fun was had pulling out some Halloween stamps to create this card. 

Using only the Willow Tree Stamp Set for this card I created a really lovely 4.25 x 4.25 inch note card. There are those adorable little bunnies again. 

I was undecided on the look of the stamped willow tree, you can let me know what you think below in the comments! 

This adventure will continue as I have cut out the large detailed vine die cuts as well as a few sprigs of vine using Vellum cardstock. I'll be using those pieces on some cards tomorrow. So be sure to pop back and have a peek to see even more options for this set. 

If you would like to go ahead and shop for this set or any other Stampin' Up products, here are the links: 

Don't forget to have a peek at June's Paper Pumpkin Kit ~ Pick of the Crop! It looks delicious!

Check back tomorrow when I add a few more card examples from the Willow Tree Bundle.