Peace & Happiness with In the Pines

There’s nothing more representative of Winter than an evergreen tree in a snowy white field. The look and the smell of pines in Winter bring us right to Christmas. You may have never heard of this (and I’m always happy to share new traditions with my readers), but sometimes people bring pine trees into their homes and decorate them with lights, tinsel and bright, shiny ornaments. Trees are a big part of our Winter experience, so I love cards that feature trees. Here’s my card:

Itty Bitty Christmas, In the Pines, Stampin Up!, Brian King, Christmas card

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Pines in a Mossy Meadow. This tree and Seaside Spray circle are at home in the Mossy Meadow backdrop of this card. If you love your trees and landscapes as much as I do, you should give this set a look-see (unless you already have it or already have it on your wish list). Here’s a look at the In the Pines Bundle: In the Pines Bundle, Stampin Up! 155182The base for the tree is a mix of two Mossy Meadow patterns from the Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper: Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, 153492
  • Building the Christmas Tree. Not only is the tree from the Pine Woods Dies a gorgeous shape and texture, but I’ve added a little extra texture to the greenery on the tree. Here’s a closer look: Itty Bitty Christmas, In the Pines, Stampin Up!, Brian King, Christmas cardHere’s how I built this sweet tree:
    • I ran a Mossy Meadow ink pad over Mossy Meadow cardstock, creating streaks and texture on the cardstock.
    • I cropped the tree with the Pine Woods Dies.
    • I cropped the base of the tree with Early Espresso cardstock and snipped it along the edge of the greenery.
    • I glued the Early Espresso tree trunk to the Mossy Meadow tree.
    • I loosely glued the tree to the Seaside Spray circle that was cropped with the Layering Circles Dies, allowing the tree to hang over the edges just a bit.
    • I added three Snowflake Adhesive-Backed Embellishments (page 29 of Stampin’ Up!’s August – December 2020 Mini Catalog) to the Seaside Spray backdrop to place the tree in a snowy landscape.
  • A Favorite Color Combination. I love Mossy Meadow, and I love Seaside Spray. Together, they are an incredible duo that I absolutely love. The pale blue clashes a bit with the rich green, but there’s still harmony in their subtle clash. Don’t you agree? If you love this combination of Whisper White, Seaside Spray and Mossy Meadow as much as I do, I hope you’ll save this for future reference:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Whisper White, Seaside Spray, Mossy Meadow

Stamp Sets: Itty Bitty Christmas  Papers: Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper, Seaside Spray, Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Mossy Meadow  Accessories: Pine Woods Dies, Stitched Rectangles Dies, Layering Circles Dies, Snowflake Adhesive-Backed Embellishments, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. The trio of snowflakes is the perfect touch to this winter scene!

  2. Had to go sniff some Pine Sol after that opening…Great mix of prints but love how that tree stands out on the blue!

  3. Giving the tree depth by adding a layer of ‘swiped’ ink was a perfect touch. The tree looks alive and ready for winter (hopefully, not to be cut down!)

    • Gah! Too late, Ann! This one’s already on top of my car – too pretty to just keep it in the woods when it could just dry up and wither away in my living room…:) Thanks, Ann!

  4. Such a simply gorgeous non-traditional colors holiday card! So pretty!

  5. I love this card, and I love pine trees.
    P.S. Did you get my email?

  6. Love your tip about actually bringing a tree inside! Who would have thought??? LOL! Great tip about inking the diecut tree for texture. Beautiful card. Enjoy your day!

  7. Great card my friend. BUT…..If you bring a pine tree into your home….Be ready for a ‘National Lampoon Christmas Vacation’ scene to unfold in your living room. (LOVE THAT MOVIE)

    • Ha! Haven’t had a live tree in years – this might be the first time we actually decorate for the holidays in quite a few (since we are here all the time). Such a great movie! ♥ Thanks, Kadie!

  8. The simplicity and beauty of your card is terrific. The elements of three (especially the 3 snowflakes embellishments) is so pleasing to the eye. And my favorite two colors together: blue & green (sky & earth) along with the pine tree is great. I thought I had enough pine trees, now I’m having 2nd thoughts about In The Pine Bundle. Sigh….

    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind comments, Stella. I’m so happy you like my card – comments like this make me so glad I made and shared it. 🙂 The trees in this set are beautiful – I really had fun playing with the set. ♥

  9. Just when I thought I had enough trees in my collection you feature this beauty. So very northwest! Your card is like modern art. I see a tree in a forest at night with twinkly stars!

  10. Very handsome card today! Love the colors together.

  11. Beautiful! Truly a peaceful card, Brian. I love the Seaside Spray Circle. It brings the focus on that beautiful tree.

  12. Great card. These colors really work!

  13. Susan from Colorado

    Brian when the new Holiday catty came out, I immediately decided I wouldn’t get this bundle because I had several tree sets. Then I saw this card of your❣️ Well, you know what’s on my wish list … love your card and I’m really grateful so see this gorgeous tree in all it’s glory. Thank you Brian and thank you Mary for posting it on your website!

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