Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Grateful Pine Cones

Pine cones are everywhere this time of year.  They adorn wreaths, baskets, and swags; and of course, on trees and scattered on the ground.  Today, they are on my card.  I am using the Layered Pinecone clear stamp set from Impression-Obsession.  
I embossed two of the pine cone layers from the set in black onto Arteza watercolor paper.   I used a waterbrush to color the pine cones and background with distress ink, then added touches of the French Script stamp.  The rectangle panel of blue/green shimmer was painted on with Twinkling H20 paints from my stash from years ago.  They are a shimmery watercolor paint you just add water to and use as paint, only they shimmer in real life.

The word 'grateful' is from an old Impression-Obsession clear set WP22 Express Yourself, which has dozens of fabulous expressive words.  I embossed it onto a scrap panel, and attached it with foam tape for dimension.

A few spatters and some layering complete today's card. 

Now, for a couple of fun facts about pine cones that you may not know:
* Pine cones come only from pine trees.
* The main function of the pine cone is to keep the pine tree's seeds safe.
* Pine cones close their scales to protect the seeds from wind, cold, and animals who may try to eat them.
* Pine cones open up and release their seeds when it is warm and it is easier for the seed to germinate.
* Pine cones can stay on a tree for more than ten years before dropping to the ground.

Hope you enjoyed these piney facts, and my card today.  Next time you see a pine cone, let it remind you to be grateful for your many blessings.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I appreciate your visits and comments.






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