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Sat 19

Forest Pinecone Branch Through Two Seasons
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, Christmas is my favorite time of year.  So much so I usually skip over fall. 😂   Well, as you can see, not today!  Using the same process, the same layout and the same dies from this year’s Christmas collection, I made a fall version, too.

For both clean and simple (CAS) cards, the Forest Pine Branch was die cut from Memory Box’s watercolor paper and watercolored with Zig markers and a waterbrush.  The Pinecone Stackers were die cut from brown cardstock and the bottom edges sponged with white pigment ink.  It didn’t have enough contrast, so went in with a white gel pen to make them stand out more. The A2 sized panels were die cut from Bristol paper using the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Masked off the bottom half of the panel with masking paper... and this was where the process diverged.


For the fall card, a circle mask was die cut from masking paper using Circle Basics.  Made a couple of rips in it, then adhered it to the panel.  Applied Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed distress inks (DI) with blender brushes and a detailed blending tool.  Removed the circle mask and blended whatever ink was remaining on the Mustard Seed blender brush to fill in the setting sun.  


Stamped the sentiment from Winter Greenery with Fired Brick distress oxide (DOx) ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Assembled the card to finish.


For the Christmas card, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch DI’s were used to create the wintry sky.  Splattered it with white gouache paint for snow.  A white gel pen was used to add snow to the pine branch and pinecone.


Stamped the sentiment from Mistletoe Swag with Wilted Violet DOx ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Spritz the panel with a sparkle spray for some shimmer.  Assembled the card to finish.


I think if snow was added to the fall card, it would make for a fun non-traditional color Christmas card.  Well, that’s it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.






Wow Trina, these are two fabulous card to CASeing for sure!! :D Love, love, love them both, can't wait a favourite!!
Thanks for sharing the way you made them!

Your blended backgrounds are both beautiful, Trina. What a great idea to show the pinecones in two seasons. Gorgeous cards.


These are gorgeous Trina!!!

Beautiful blended skies, Trina! Both show off this pretty pine branch beautifully!

Glorious cards Trina. You have a beautiful presentation of both. Love them.

Both seasons are just amazing, love the inking on both!

Oooo - both versions look amazing, Trina! Just love the single pinecone dangling from the branch and your color blending is stunning!! Now I'm sorry I didn't get the pinecone when I bought the branch die!!

Both cards are absolutely gorgeous, Trina! You used the same layout and the same dies, and yet one card is a fall scene and the other is winter 100%! Making rips in the masking paper for the moon is such a wonderful idea and they do look like clouds. The ink blending is as beautiful as ever, and I admire your attention to detail.

wow, both cards are so amazingly pretty but I must admit the blue one is my favourite. love the warm to cold colours :)

What a great example
these cards show!
Love the colors in
the Christmas one.
Carla from Utah

Fab cards!! Gorgeous color!!

What a fun idea to make the two glorious and very different cards. Great scenes and designs and both are amazing Trina x.

Two amazing designs using the pine cones Trina! Wonderful to show the versatility of the die.

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