I am drawn to birch trees. The colored bark in various shades of browns and grays and greens with light shimmering through the branches and leaves. Let’s take a fresh look at birch trees and explore a faux watercolor technique.

The Welcoming Woods stamp set from the July – December 2021 Mini Catalog is perfect for having some fun with color.

WELCOMING WOODS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET

TIP: The long stamp (at the top of the picture) is the ground. It lines up about an inch from the bottom of the birch tree stamp.

So let’s get started.

SUPPLIES

  • Welcoming Woods stamp set
  • Stampin’ Markers: Basic Gray, Evening Evergreen (or Tranquil Tide), Petal Pink, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso
  • Stampin’ Ink Pads: Soft Suede, Gray Granite
  • Thick Basic White cardstock: 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″
  • Stampin’ Spritzer filled with water
  • Clear Acrylic Block E

FAUX WATERCOLOR TECHNIQUE

Gray Granite

  1. Ink the birch stamp with Gray Granite ink pad.
  2. Tap on the Basic Gray, Evening Evergreen, and Sahara Sand with the brush end of the marker. TIP: Wipe the marker by ‘cleaning’ it on a scrap sheet of paper. The Grid Paper that covers your work surface is perfect.
  3. Hold the inked stamp at arms length and lightly mist the stamp. TIP: One arm is arms length away, the other is back by your body. LOL!
  4. Stamp the misted inked image onto the Thick Basic White panel.
  5. Repeat, because it is so much fun and no 2 are alike.

Here is my sample using Gray Granite as the base color. The sentiment is from the Flowers of Friendship stamp set.

tinted birch trees using markers and mister

Soft Suede

  1. Ink the birch stamp with Soft Suede ink pad.
  2. Tap on the Basic Gray, Evening Evergreen, Petal Pink and Early Espresso with the brush end of the marker.
  3. Hold the inked stamp at arms length and lightly mist the stamp.
  4. Stamp the misted inked image onto the Thick Basic White panel.
  5. Repeat.

And here is my sample using the Soft Suede color base. The sentiment is from the Welcoming Woods stamp set. And I used the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder on the front of the card base.

tinted birch trees using markers and mister

These are so much fun to make. You might find yourself with a dozen before you know it.

Where do you get this inspiration, Ann? I am glad you asked. Here is the picture that inspired me.

birch tree inspiration from Ballard Designs
Ballard Designs catalog “Fresh Birch Art”

Maybe you would like to use Night of Navy? I think that would be gorgeous. Please leave a comment and let me know how many you made. If you do not have the supplies, I appreciate it if you would purchase them from me. My shop is open 24/7 for your convenience. Feel free to contact me. I sleep but will respond to all messages when I awake. LOL!

Enjoy your time creating with the faux watercolor technique on the birch trees.

Let me leave you with a few lines from the poem, Trees, by Joyce Kilmer.

“I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree. …”

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