This card was inspired by the colors of the season and a card I saw in this month's Stampin' Success magazine. The original used a smaller tree, but all I have is the one from Season of Friendship. The original showed using coordinating colors of Designer Series Paper to create "rolling hills", and to pop two of the layers up on Stampin' Dimensionals to make it look more 3D. Since my tree is so much larger, I'm not sure the effect worked, but it's growing on me.
I laid all the layers flat and tacked them together on the So Saffron base with some removable adhesive so they wouldn't scootch while I was stamping the tree. I had to fill in some tiny gaps with my Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker. I wanted to create a sky of clouds, so I punched out a scallop circle and used a sponge dauber to create them. I started at the top and used Sage Shadow ink. The cloud is created by the negative space not inked. Does that make sense? Anyway, I hope you get the idea. If you don't, let me know, and I'll take pictures. I thought it was a little underwhelming, so I very lightly sponged some Really Rust onto the area to give it a bit more color.
The leaves in the DSP "hill" are a very different size than those on the tree, so I limited myself to stamping a few on the limbs and not confusing things by having any on the ground. I inked those in SS and RR.
There's no sentiment because I can't decide what kind of card this would be useful as. Thinking of you, surely, but what other sentiment would work? I'm just not sure at all about this card...