OLW Inspired by Nature challenge

Susan’s One Layer Wednesday challenge is to make a card inspired by nature.  She has combined OLW with her Inspiration Week, where she is chatting about what inspires her in her cardmaking and giving away some treats as well.

It seems like all my cards are “Inspired by Nature” at present.  If it isn’t trees, it’s leaves and if it isn’t leaves it’s flowers.  So I was only too happy to participate again in the OLW challenge.  The card I have created is the latest in my masked and sponged scenes.  I have done so many lately I went back and made sure they were labeled Stamped Landscapes which makes it easier to scan through them.  I have created a scene similar to this one before, but I will always be inspired by snow covered trees.

I placed post-it masks at the top and bottom and then used a stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp  the tree once in versamark.  I shifted the stamp-a-ma-jig ever so slightly down and stamped the tree in black before embossing in clear.  This created my snow laden tree which showed up once I sponged the sky in.  The hill shaped mask was just cut out of paper and I used it for the sky and for the little snow indents.  To create the tree’s shadow I sponged directly on the stamp and stamped upside down.

I haven’t added a sentiment yet as I’m not quite sure what to use it for.  I’ll add something when the need arises.  Make sure you check out the other beautiful cards in the challenge which were ” inspired by nature”.


Stamps: Branch Out
Inks:  Versamark, Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue,  Pretty in Pink
Cardstock:   Flourishes Classic White
Also:  Clear e.p.


25 Comments on “OLW Inspired by Nature challenge”

  1. SherylH says:

    Great job on the masking and shadowing!

  2. Simply GORGEOUS! I love your scene…and your masking is flawless!

  3. Robyn says:

    FABULOUS!…. No other words!!

  4. Oh this is fabulous!! So good with sponging and OLC!!

  5. Just love it. So simple and clean. You can almost feel the frost and snow. I’m not even sure you need a sentiment – it works as it is. Lovely.

  6. Terri (blindstamper) says:

    Lovely scene yet again! Oh how I wish I had that stamp! Clever way to do the “snow” too!

  7. Joan V says:

    Wow, this card is so pretty and makes you feel at peace.

  8. Dallas says:

    Your masking abilities and techniques are amazing! This is a gorgeous card ….

  9. Mustavcoffee says:

    Hi there, love your card it’s beautiful, great masking and design, love the way the shadow disappears behind the snow, wonderful:0) xx

  10. Angelnorth says:

    Beautiful scene – there’s more snow on the way if that sky is anything to go by!

  11. Nicole L. says:

    This is a stunning card and technique!

  12. Janet says:

    Absolutely beautiful! A breath of fresh air!

  13. Janet says:

    So beautiful and tranquil. Love it

  14. Sharon says:


    Your card is simply breathtaking. It immediately caught my interest on OWL. Beautiful work!

  15. Carol B says:

    WOW! Such a gorgeous card! Love how you created the “snow” covered branches the way you did, instead of using a white gel pen along the branches. So clever!

  16. Vera Yates says:

    Wow, what a stunning card! Such a beauty!

  17. *Chrissie* says:

    Yet another absolute stunner.
    Thanks for the inspiration… and the instructions!

  18. Terry says:

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!
    Thank you for sharing.

  19. Allison says:

    Brilliant! I have never been to your blog before but you are now officially in my Favorites!

  20. Sharon D. says:

    WOW! What a striking card!

  21. Tiya-B says:

    stunning… love the shadow!

  22. Kathy says:

    So pretty, and soft and peaceful!

  23. Heather, you really need to stop doing this. Just stop. Please. I’m really getting tired of picking my jaw up off my lap.


    You rock.

  24. This is exquisite!!! The shadowing is so beautiful. Love the way you have it playing off the hills with the top disappearing from view. Absolutely GORGEOUS!

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