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Stencil (and Stamp) Sunday: It's TREE-mendous!

The holidays are approaching *FAST* so here's a super easy card idea to help things along! I used a bunch of Michelle Ward's exclusive Stamp and Stencil Designs to create trees with a distinctly NYC vibe. And of course they are all available at The Ink Pad.
All of the background papers are gel prints. The most visible design is Michelle's Downtown NYC Map Stencil, though the Hex Pattern is in there too... admittedly under a few layers of collage! My secret for strengthening gel prints made on Deli Paper or plain paper is to back them with cardstock. If you use a good quality gluestick like Coccoina, you can even adhere deli paper prints to "found" papers like sheet music, as I've done here, and see a tiny bit of the musical notation, but none of the adhesive.
To make the trees I cut triangles of various sizes from scraps of green gel prints, then went to town with the dancers and art deco motif from the Danceline Stamp Set; the building, list of places and postmark from the Manhattan Map Set and even the tension wires from the Bridge Stamp. A great way to get a fun and eclectic collage vibe is to stamp the images a bit off-center and allow them to run off the edges of the various trees. I used Ranger Archival Inks in Black, Leaf Green and Bundled Sage to do my stamping and also added a bit around the edges of the trees to make them stand out a bit more. I clustered all the finished trees together in the center of the card, then added bits of an Eyelet Outlet Pearl Swirl for extra glamour.
 
 
If you'll be in New York during the holiday season, be sure to visit The Ink Pad in historic Greenwich Village. If you won't be in New York, The Ink Pad Online is open 24/7!
loves the tree at Rockefeller Center. as well as 
the one at the Metropolitan Museum of Art! 

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