It is my pleasure to sponsor the 23rd Just Us Girls Challenge with TWO Wplus9 stamp sets going to one lucky winner! Just Us Girls hosts a fabulous challenge every week, with each week focusing on a specific category. The first of the month is always a sketch. And boy did Kristen supply a wonderful sketch.
I had a wonderful time with this challenge, as did the rest of the Wplus9 Design Team.
I used the Funky Foliage set to create a gorgeous spring tree ripe with flower buds. Thanks to the building pieces included in this set, this tree is a cinch to re-create. To create the leaves, I layered them using PTI Spring Moss, and SU!'s Old Olive. First I stamped the lighter green leaves around the outer edge creating the basic shape of the tree. (always stamp your lighter colors first when layering with ink for best results) This works out in our favor since in real life, the further something is away from you the less saturated the colors appear.
Once that was finished, I filled in the rest of the tree with the darker green leaves. And Once the ink was completely dry, I came back in and added the flower buds randomly. You'll notice that for the leaves and the buds, each stamp has a small grouping of images. This makes quick work out of stamping, but still gives you control over the final shape and fullness of the tree. Not to mention you can then layer it with wonderful colors...think fall, this technique is gorgeous using oranges, reds, and green!
Check out what the rest of the Wplus9 Design Team came up with. They always blow me away!
And Elise Durenberger worked her usual magic using Love Birds. Do you see that sky?! I feel as though I am looking through a window at a real sky. Such beautiful work. She mentioned doing a tutorial on how to create these breathtaking clouds...stop by her blog and leave a comment, I'm sure we can convince her. ;o)
Want to play along? Want a chance to win TWO Wplus9 Design Studio stamp sets of your choice? Create your own project using the sketch above and add your link to the Just Us Girls challenge blog to be eligible to win. Or just stop by to see all of the projects that the incredibly talented JUGs design team has created for this sketch. Have fun and GOOD LUCK!