WOW! I can’t believe I am finally ready to write this tutorial. I have had 6 appointments between 9:00 last night and 1:00 this afternoon with at least 3 more before the day is out! I am so excited about this technique, though that I can’t wait to share it with you. It is soooo easy! If you can smear ink you can do this!
Here are the step by step techniques that you can use to make a smeared ink card of your own! I used a lot of colors. Starting with the dark green for the hill, use your small ink pads to rub in the shape of a hill.
Fill in the bottom left hand corner with a rust or dark orange ink. This is the brush or plants that you see in the picture. (You may substitute any other color that you wish to use at any time in the process.)
Now it is time to define the horizon a little more. You can do this quite easily with the edge of your regular stamp pads as they are rigid – not foam. Begin making short random horizontal lines at the base of the hill. Turn the paper the other way if you desire and make short vertical lines to imitate fence posts in the distance.
Using the Nature Clear Rubber Stamps begin stamping leaves across the sky so that it appears you are standing under a tree and the branches are stretching toward the sunset within your view.
Use a combination of stamps if you like as you build your tree.
Add twigs and branches between the leaves for a more complete tree. Once you are happy with your tree, use a black pen or marker and outline the bottom half of each leaf or branch. This adds depth and interest to the project.
Next I began creating the brush in the bottom corner. Using your nature clear stamps and the same ink that the tree was stamped in, I created the brush. Remember that these stamps are so versatile that you can bend them into the shape that you need to create your card.