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Technique Tuesday Birch Tree Arborglyphs With A Twist

The minute I saw the Cover-A-CardTM Birch stamp I knew I wanted to use it for a card.  It brought back memories of my home in northern Nevada where Birch and Aspen trees were used by Spanish Basque sheepherders to leave carved images and messages while herding in the Sierra Nevada mountains.  My professor for Spanish, also Spanish Basque, told us about his research on the Arborglyphs carved into the Birch and Aspen trees by sheepherders.  Today my Arborglyph card is about my daughter's family, but also a hello for a Nevada friend.

Card Front:


  • I removed the backing CAC Birch stamp and mounted to Mega MountTM, starting from bottom-right side.
  • If you look close you can see that I have flipped the mount upside down, on the right, to make sure I get a good coat of ink on the bottom.  The light is showing areas covered.


  • My cardstock was been placed on my stack of paper, used for cushion, lengthwise. (If you have a piece the right size, use it) ;-)
  • I placed my stamp along the bottom while lining up with the left side of the cardstock, and rock from bottom to top. I have found I can go back and forth if I want, as long as I DO NOT LIFT the stamp. ;-0


  • At this point I want to stamp some leaves!  Spring really is in the air here.  I am using the smaller leaves from the Branches On A Tree Clear Stamp Set with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink first.  Then Pear Tart is used lightly.
  • A little larger leaves group with fewer leaves from the same set is used for the leaves just below the bird.
  • I made a 'Not Quite Square Twisted Easel Card".  The total card front will be 5"X5.25", so I trim this part to 4.75"X5.0". (You can see I have kept the trimmed pieces in case I want to use them later.


To finish the card front I used Brilliance Moonlight White on Cover-A-CardTM Fluff on blue cardstock as a frame the trees.  It was trimmed to 5"X5.25".  The trees were mounted.  I also stamped a second one to use for the base.

  • I filled in the Arborglyphs with a chronology of my daughter's family and some doodles, just for fun, with a brown fine point Sharpie.
  • The bird was penned in first with a yellow Copic Spica glitter pen.  The brown sharpie was used for the rest.
  • The bow was done with a Bow-Easy and Dotted Swiss ribbon from Michaels.
  • The flowers at the bottom right right are again from Branches On A Tree Clear Stamp Set. The flowers were stamped using StazOn Sunflower Yellow and outlined with the Spica. The centers are brown Sharpie. The leaves are Memento Bamboo Green.

The Card Base With A Twist:

If you have seen a 'Twisted Easel Square Card', you may have noticed that when the card front is sitting up as an easel, it really doesn't rest evenly against the right edge of the base.  That drove me nuts.  ;-)  I found if I extend the card front over about a quarter inch it still looked square and did what I wanted with the base.  Below how I did it.

  1. The base remains 'square' and is cut 5"X10".
  2. Fold it in half.
  3. Unfold it and lay it lengthwise.
  4. Fold the lower left-hand corner of the left side to the centerfold as shown above and smooth the crease.
  5. TapeTwist

  6. Next Smooth it out again and lay it lengthwise so the inside of the card is on the bottom and the unfolded area to your right.
  7. Apply tape as shown in the diagram.
  8. Line your finished card front up with the centerfold.  (It will line up perfectly alone every side but the right.  On the right the cardstock will extend .25" over the edge, and that's perfect.)

Inside Bottom Base:

  • At this point I turned the card over and placed the other piece of "Fluff" on the inside bottom base of the card, with a 4.75"X4.75" piece of white cardstock centered on top of that.
  • The same flower/leaf design was stamped on the lower left hand side.
  • I used a Spellblinders oval die as a template for the piece of white cardstock I used for the sentiment from Social Greetings 2.  The sentiment was stamped with Memento Cocoa Brown.  That was mounted on the same blue cardstock used for the border.  Leaves were stamped on that.
  • 3D pop dots were attached to the back of the sentiment along the top area.  ATG tape was used on the bottom.
  • It was attached by standing the card front up so I could see when it was even with the base on the right.

That's my Arborglyph with a Twist.  You could carve birthdays, special dates, etc.  A fun way to give a special card.  I hope you enjoyed it.  If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask.  My email is under my name in the sidebar to your right.

Stop by day after tomorrow, Thursday, March 15, to see our Design Team's creations showing off our NEW MARCH STAMP releases.  It is also the start of our "Spring Is In The Air Challenge".  The challenge for will continue until the following Wednesday evening, March 21, at 10 p.m.  Participating gives you a chance to win a $25 gift certificate.  So get busy out there and create your card for our "Spring Is In The Air" cards using all IO stamps and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the March 15 post.  If you have questions please email me.  My email is right under my name in the next column over.

Get busy out there and join us for our next challenge and invite a friend to enjoy it with you!!!  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!