Direct to Paper Tree – Tutorial #507

Hey There,

I have a little direct to paper project for you today.  This card is one that I used for my Stampin’ Up! Disney Trip swap, plus my customers have received it for a thank you this month.

The Direct to Paper Technique is done by taking an ink pad and directly applying the ink to the paper with it.    This is a very free form technique and no two pieces will look just a like.   One thing to remember when working with this technique is to leave some of the light paper showing through.  This adds sparkle to your piece.

Reminders before I start the tutorial:

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Now on with today’s tutorial. . . . .  . .


Stamps: Lovely as a Tree (item #115026), Flourish from the Everything Eleanor (this set is a sneak peek set, it will be out in the June 1, 2012 annual catalog)

Card Stock: Stampin’ Up! Pink Pirouette, Basic Black and Whisper White

Ink: Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pink Pirouette and Regal Rose

Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Sponge, 1 3/4″ circle punch, Post it note, corrugator, Basic Black dot ribbon, silver brads

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Started with a 3.5″ x 4.25″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock.  Punched a 1 3/4″ circle from the sticky part of a post it note and used it as a mask for the moon.

Swiped the Pink Pirouette ink pad across the card stock from Left to Right using a light hand.

Swiped the Regal Rose ink pad across the card stock from Left to Right using a light hand.

Sponged Pink Pirouette ink around the edge of the moon mask to darken it and get rid of any ghost line.

Removed the moon mask and sponged Regal Rose in the middle of the moon.

Stamped the Flourish using Regal Rose ink.  (The flourish is from a Stampin’ Up! set that will be out in the up and coming new Annual Catalog on June 1, 2012).

Stamped the Lovely As a Tree Pine using Basic Black Ink.

Sponged Basic Black ink at the bottom of the card stock using a bouncing motion.  Also distressed the edges of the card stock using Basic Black ink and a sponge.

Added a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Basic Black card stock and a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Pink Pirouette card stock.  Ran the Pink Pirouette card stock through the corrugator.

Add Basic Black Dotted ribbon.

Added Silver Brads and a Whisper White Base Card.

Here is the finished project measuring 4.25″ x 5.5″.

Note if you wish to step this card up try using a corner rounder on the main image panel corners and highlight the flourish and tree using a white gel pen.  🙂

May your day be over flowing with joy!

Until my next post. . . . .  . . .


Get ready for Brayer and Direct to Paper Workshops!  I am coming to the following locations, click the location name for more information.

Sand Lake, Michigan (just North of Grand Rapids)

Lawrence, Kansas

Elizabethtown, Kentucky

West Bend, Wisconsin

Purcellville, Virginia

Orange, Massachusetts

Scottsdale, Arizona

Sacramento, California

Staley, North Carolina

St. Petersburg, Florida

Newburge, Indiana

I hope you can make it to one of my workshops in 2012.  I have decided not to travel full time after this year, so be sure to catch one this year!

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8 responses to “Direct to Paper Tree – Tutorial #507

  1. Ohhh I see another stamp in my future! Love the swoosh.

  2. Just love what you have done with this technique, you have also managed to make it look so easy. Gives us less talented some hope of being able to achieve something similar.
    Many thanks for sharing this.

  3. Great work as always Michelle! Love the colours! 😀

  4. Absolutely gorgeous IRL! I was wondering about that flourish.
    Thanks Michelle.

  5. Top of my list Beautiful-partial to trees and the color pink-Michell- My Stamping Up person is no longer able to do this so I have a catalogue and I will be doing my Stamping UP orders from you-I have an older catlogue and will find a few things that I can’t live without and be in touch or you can send me an email to the address you have-

  6. Beautiful card!! I know if I tried swiping an ink pad over a post-it mask (even with a light hand) it would scrunch up… my masks usually do even when I put repositionable adhesive on the edges of them. I just bought some of that 6″ wide craft masking tape but haven’t tried it yet. Sure hope it works for me.

  7. Ooooh, I want that card!! It’s beautiful. So much talent. I make stick people look dead and you do stuff that just jumps out at me. WOW…I love this card.

  8. Just to let you know that I’ve used your technique. It worked great to make a background for my stamp. If you’d like to take a peek, here’s my link. Thanks for sharing.
    Joyce xx