Keep Your Dream Alive by Bev Hilton


Hello everyone. I'm sharing a nice and easy card today showcasing the fabulous Maple Leaf stencil which is my absolute favorite right now. Those who know me well will know how I love my stencils and I am sure having fun with this one.

Here's what I used... 

That's Crafty! Stamp Set - Lynne's Affirmations Set 2
Katzelkraft Stamp Set - Dreamer KTZ169
Versafine Ink Pad - Onyx Black
Distress Inks - Barn Door, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Walnut Stain
Cosmic Shimmer Iced Snow Glitter Jewels
Hessian strip and rose flower from stash

Here's what I did...

I began by taping down the stencil and layering over the Distress inks until happy with the look and then removed the stencil. I took one of the trees from the greyboard sheet and gave it a coat of Antique Gold paint. To add some texture I drizzled on some of the Multi Purpose Adhesive and blasted with a heat tool to make it bubble. I then sponged on another coat of the Antique Gold paint and set aside to dry. Tape down the inner part of the Maple Leaf stencil onto the sheet of shrink plastic and blend through lightly with the same Distress inks used on the card. Carefully cut out and then shrink with a heat tool. Add some glue to the rose and sprinkle on the Iced Snow and set aside to dry. 

Take the card and place on the Stamping Platform and using Versafine ink, stamp the birds and top left verse from Lynne's Affirmations stamp set and do the same with the wording at the bottom from the Katzelkraft stamp set. At this point I decided to mount my card onto red card stock and then onto brown and then mount onto the card base. I felt this would be easier done before mounting all the pieces.

Using Multi Purpose Adhesive, glue the tree onto the card and place something heavy on top to ensure the tree sticks flat to the card. Cut a piece of hessian strip and glue to the bottom left of the card using glue gel. Take the shrink plastic leaf and place this on top of the hessian, again using glue gel. Do the same with the rose and place on top of the leaf. 

I felt I needed a little something down the sides of the card so using some Multi Purpose Adhesive, I dipped a cocktail stick into the glue and laid down lines of glue which I then covered with the microbeads. One nice and easy Autumn card which is just right for this time of year. 


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  1. What a great idea to use the leaf stencil and tree surface together, they marry together perfectly and your antique gold bark looks amazing.. Hugs Tracey xx

  2. It is a gorgeous card Bev, the leaf and tree is absolutely a fantastic idea, to use together, it looks so beautiful , with the gold tree, and the way you made it live, getting the adhesive to bubble !! Also love the shrinked leaf, under your fabulous shiny flower- Love it -
    Hugs ,Dorthe, xx

  3. Brilliant effect, your signature style at its best.
    Amanda x

  4. A really creative card Bev and just love the ideas you've used on here. The leaf makes an amazing tree and the bark looks fab. Love the shrink plastic embellishing too.
    Fliss xx

  5. Oh this is just amazing, what a stunner of a card Bev, you're so clever :)
    Donna xx

  6. Oh this is stunning, such a clever card and soooo beautiful! xxx

  7. Great design Bev! Such clever use of the leaf and tree! Xx

  8. Sorry I'm late. Thank you all so much for your lovely comments. Means a lot. Big hugs.
    Bev. xxx

  9. Love that gorgeous gilded bark!
    Alison x


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