Woodland Embossing Folder and Three Things I Like: Paulette Birkbigler

I love our daily visits when I get to share my newly made paper crafting projects with you.  I am so glad I get to play around with paper and ink and that you stop by to see what I’ve made.  Today, I want to share a card that I did not make – today’s card was sent to me by my super-talented friend and customer, Paulette Birkbigler.  I am going to show you the card she made and then tell you three things I really, really love about this card.  Here’s the card I received:

Lovely as a Tree, Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin' Up!, by Paulette BirkbiglerHow gorgeous is this card – and how lucky am I that Paulette created it and sent it to me?  I love so many things about this card, but I’m going to talk about three things I like most (hard to limit myself, but I’ll see what I can do).

Three Things I Like About Paulette’s Card

  • Winter Birthday.  Birthday cards don’t always have to be cake, candles and presents.  Let me restate that – there should always be cake, candles and presents on a birthday, but the card doesn’t always have to include those images.  🙂  I love that Paulette chose a winter theme for this birthday card – even though this image looks nothing like the 80 degree weather we are experiencing in Georgia.  Still, I love that she allowed these versatile images to work for this occasion.
  • A Tree in the Woods.  To create the green tree behind the embossed birch trees, Paulette inked up the tree from Lovely as a Tree and stamped it on the side of the embossing folder where the trees are indented.  With the ink on one portion of the folder, she ran the folder through the Big Shot with a piece of Whisper White inside.  Super-cool effect, huh?  I’m not sure where this technique originated, but it’s been all the rage this Holiday Season.  Since the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder has been on backorder for most of this catalog term (due to overwhelming popularity), I haven’t played with this folder, but I’m happy I can share Paulette’s gorgeous card with you.
  • Soft Painting.  Not only did Paulette add the green tree in the background before embossing the paper, but she watercolored the space between the trees.  I’ve seen lots of great projects with this embossing folder – so many ways to color the trees or add texture behind them.  This is one of my favorites.  The mixture of pale blue and white creates a mystical feel behind these trees.  So soft, so beautiful.
  • Gorgeous Colors.  I love the colors Paulette used in this gorgeous card.  While Smoky Slate (used for the base of this card) and Real Red (used for the die-cut bird) are not the focal colors of this project, they sure do look great together.  The green is more largely present than the red or slate, but I don’t think the role of the color is as important.Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Smoky Slate, Real Red, Pool Party

Stamp Sets:  Lovely as a Tree  Papers:  Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Real Red, Whisper White  Inks:  Garden Green, Archival Basic Black, Pool Party  Accessories:  Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Word Window punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Update on the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  As I mentioned above, the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder has been super-popular this season.  It was so popular, as a matter of fact, that Stampin’ Up! completely sold out of the folders after several restocks.  When Stampin’ Up!’s list of retired items was announced last month, this folder was (sadly) on the list.  After much consideration, Stampin’ Up! has decided to bring this folder back in the 2016 Annual Catalog.  It’s still not available to order right now, but you are in luck if you didn’t pick it up before it was gone.  Your second chance is just around the corner.  🙂

I hope you love Paulette’s card as much as I do.  If so, please leave a comment below to let her know how much you like it.

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  1. Love this card.

  2. Lovely card Brian and what a fabulous technique Paulette used to make it, I was wondering how in the world did she put that tree behind the embossed birch trees, I was staring at it trying to figure it out until I gave up and scrolled down, how totally clever and fabulous!!!
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful card.
    Happy Sunday.

  3. Isn’t this embossing folder coming back in the 2016 Annual catalog?

  4. Love this technique, never would have thought to put that tree there.
    Thanks for sharing her card and thanks to whomever had this original clever idea!

  5. Thanks for sharing Paulette’s card. It is a perfect card for me to try to CASE for my brother-in-laws Dec. birthday. Where did she find the bird? I often look for a little bird.

  6. Paulette…this is an amazing card. Both masculine and feminine at the same time. Thank you for the inspiration!!

  7. Wowza! What a stunning card! Paulette is very creative and I adore this look! I, too, love that little flying bird!

  8. Happy birthday Brian. Thanks for sharing the card. I am glad to find out how to do that background tree

  9. Love it and happy belated birthday!

  10. Oh Brian – what an amazing card Paulette made for you! I am with Maria in that I spent some time trying to figure out how she got that tree so beautifully behind the embossed ones and finally gave up and read the description. What a clever lady, what a beautiful card. Thanks so much for sharing not only this lovely piece of art work but the instructions for how it was made. You have your self a fantastic day Brian and thanks again.

  11. Wonderful card. I love how you defined the 3 things you like about the card. I love the “tree in the woods.”

  12. Very cool effect! Beautiful card.

  13. I don’t like it. I LOVE it!!! Where have I been? I love this technique of stamping on the ef, must try. I have seen the ef brayered but not stamped on. Fabulous card!

  14. Beautiful Card! I love the Woodland Embossing Folder (have it) & I am so glad SU decided to keep it in the catalog!

  15. What a pretty card ! Love this double image ! I may have to get this EF next catty !!
    Oh….and Happy Birthday !

  16. Do love this card Paulette and thanks Brian for sharing. I have seen a card made like this but you explanation added to my wonderment on how it was done. Can you explain watercoloring the space between the trees? I really don’t understand watercoloring. By the way Happy Birthday Brian.

    • LilyAnn, Thank you for your comments. With an AquaPainter, it’s easy to watercolor on the cardstock. With water in the cartridge, you can pull ink from an ink pad and then paint it over the cardstock. To show you, here’s a link to a video I shared about using the AquaPainter: http://wp.me/p4c2zA-APF I hope that helps!

  17. Love the card and tree behind trees.
    Where did she find the bird?
    Easy to follow directions too.

  18. Brian, I feel horrible that I missed your birthday. :-(. Paulette’s card is lovely, lovely as a tree. LOL. Happy belated birthday my friend!

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