Winter Trees using my Gel Press Backgrounds: Winter 2023 Collection

Winter Trees using my Gel Press Backgrounds: Winter 2023 Collection

Last night, I finished 2 cards + 1 bonus card using some gel press backgrounds I had in my stash. I love using my gel press and brayer to make some quick backgrounds. I used Distress Oxide inks on full 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock and then I filed them away in a folder.

To give my cards an interesting look, I opted to make arches and if you’ve read my previous posts, you know how much I love the Arches nested die set by Essentials by Ellen. At the time of this posting, Ellen Hutson is retiring and there’s a 50% off on items on their website and you can check out the sale here.

Creating the Card Panels

My gel press backgrounds are trimmed to 3-3/4″ x 5″ and glued to white cardstock sized 4″ x 5-1/4″. I took the arch die that is the 4th from the largest size and die cut this panel out. I ended with 2 cards plus I’ll have a bonus card later in this post.

I added double-sided foam tape to the back of these panels for dimension and I adhered it to my cardbases. Now that, that is done I worked on my trees and for that, I used Honey Bee Stamps Lovely Layers Greenery set. I die cut it onto more gel press backgrounds and for an additional touch, I painted some gold on the edges of the leaves with Watercolor Starlight gold paint. Then, added some white splatters with Distress Paint.

I let my trees dry and then die cut my sentiment which is Pinkfresh Studio Holiday Classic Word die set. It comes with the shadow which I used black cardstock and the letters in white. I also cut some gold thread to tie a bow around my trees and that’s from Altenew. Adhered my sentiments and these 2 cards were done!

Bonus Card

Winter Trees using my Gel Press Backgrounds: Winter 2023 Collection

Now for the bonus card, it is an Arch-shaped card with embossing on top. I used the largest arch die for the cardbase. Behind it is green cardstock from Simon. I also included the arch border that cuts out with all the arch dies in this set. For the tree, I just painted it with the white gold so it has a shimmery, shiny effect. I adhered it and the sentiment and this beauty was done. If you’re interested, check out more arch shaped cards here, here and here.

Check out this post too →  Quick Thank you Cards with Washi Tape & a Cover Die
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