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Shadow Stamping with Sheltering Tree

Sheltering Tree

Hi All,

Today’s card is quick and easy to make, no special skills needed. I combined white ink with some distress ink and voila, you’ve got a pretty tree that looks like you’ve spent a lot more time than you did. I love those kinds of cards!

I wanted to make sure the sentiment got enough space, so I started the card by stamping it first on the bottom. The only problem is that I think my tree is a little too high. If I had to do it over, I think I would start with the tree.

I changed up the sentiment to include “GOD” with my alphabet stamps. This card would make a nice sympathy card, but I plan on sending this to Rebecca, who is completing Phase 1 of her treatment. Her tumors are shrinking, so her treatment plan is working!

Enjoy and have a great weekend!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Sheltering Tree
Sheltering Tree
Hero Arts Fanciful Swirl Alphabet
Hero Arts Alphabet
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Prismacolor Pencils
Prismacolor Pencils
Hero Arts Unicorn White
Hero Arts Unicorn White
Crumb Cake
Crumb Cake Ink
Pine Needles Distress Ink
Pine Needles Distress Ink
Forest Moss Distress Ink
Forest Moss Distress Ink
Worn Lipstick Distress Ink
Worn Lipstick
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip Marker (part of Neutrals set)
Chocolate Chip Marker
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 8:17 am


    I really thought this card was very special and I know that Rebecca is going to love it too. I’m also so glad to hear she is progressing well. I just love this shadow effect and the sentiment was absolutely perfectl. Top marks, Darlene!

  2. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 8:35 am


    Love the cherry blossom tree! At first glance, I thought you hand wrote the sentiment. Such a pretty card. So glad to hear Rebbeca is improving.

  3. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 10:18 am


    Great news about Rebecca! Glad to hear her tumors are shrinking. =)

    Love the card Darlene…did you have to heat set that white ink before you stamped with the pink? The leaves almost look as though they are popping up off the tree, it’s a really neat effect. Thanks for sharing!! =)

    Oh I almost forgot…are you going to use the SU! white pigment ink in the comparison?

    • wrote on June 27th, 2015 at 6:17 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Sandra. I forgot to mention that I let the white ink dry first. I always prefer to do that than heat-set it if I have the time. And yes, I am adding SU to the comparison. I had to order a refill for my pad, which is why I’ve delayed the comparison. It arrived yesterday, so I’m hoping to do it next week!

      • wrote on June 28th, 2015 at 10:43 am


        Oh awesome! I was really really really hoping you would include it. YAY! Thanks Darlene!! =)

  4. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 11:43 am


    This is a stunning card – so pretty! Wonderful to hear Rebecca’s tumors are shrinking. Praise God for answered prayer!

  5. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 12:34 pm


    Gorgeous. The tree reminded me of cherry blossom trees in full bloom.

  6. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Laura Norris

    Lovely tree with the pink and white flowers! And like you said, so easy to do!! Wonderful news about Rebecca too! Thanks for keeping us updated with her and epic Courtney!

  7. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 1:34 pm


    Darlene, I’m so very happy to hear Rebecca’s treatment is working, I hope she will continue to improve, she is a very strong young lady and her family and friends are a very important part of her strength.
    This card is so lovely, the leaves on this tree look like little puffs of white, so beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing and hugs to Courtney.

  8. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    mary w

    This appears so dimensional with the pink added to the tree leaves. Love the look.

  9. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 2:18 pm


    This was beautiful! I just got this stamp set, and I can’t wait to try this! Can’t wait to see your other videos with the new Stampin’ Up stamp sets. I bought quite a few of the ones you recommended!

  10. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 2:26 pm


    Really like how the pink over the white creates what reminds me of a cherry blossom tree.

  11. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 2:45 pm


    I’m loving the cherry blossoms too… so very pretty. I’m glad Rebecca is doing better… I’m sure her family have been holding their breath waiting to hear if the treatment was working.

  12. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 3:29 pm


    Beautiful card, Darlene. It’s good to hear that Rebecca and epic Courtney are getting better. Prayer does work!

  13. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 4:02 pm


    It really does appear to be quick and simple. Thanks for a Q&S elegant card that anyone would love to receive. I can think of so many uses for it. Really this could be one of those cards for most occasions……..

  14. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 4:29 pm


    Love , love, love this card Darlene. It’s a perfect card for someone going through serious health issues. I will keep Rebecca in my prayers.

  15. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 4:38 pm


    Glad to hear Rebecca is doing better! Lovely card, Darlene. I like the stamping on the tree flowers(?) especially. Such a neat effect. Great way to customize your greeting, too! 🙂 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 6:39 pm


      Lovely card, great tutorial! So glad Rebecca’s treatment is working. Like your amended sentiment.

  16. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Barb H.

    Really love this card. Works so well for many occasions. So glad for Rebecca and her family that treatment is working.

  17. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 8:39 pm


    Glad to hear Rebecca is responding well to treatment. Beautiful card 🙂

  18. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 8:56 pm


    I love how your tree turned out! It looks 3D.

  19. wrote on June 26th, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Rachel Hawn

    This is really the most beautiful card and sentiment. I would love to give it a try!

  20. wrote on June 27th, 2015 at 8:44 am


    Lovely card, Darlene. The blossoms almost look like they are “puffy” – and so glad to hear the news about Rebecca.

  21. wrote on June 27th, 2015 at 2:51 pm


    Love this – very simple but to the point. I love how you did the tree with the white and off-centered pink. Tell Rebecca the card community is still praying for her! Good to hear the tumors are shrinking!! Thanks for sharing!!

  22. wrote on June 27th, 2015 at 5:46 pm


    The Misti folks should love you. You just keep showing how wonderful that product is for making cards. I am putting that on my Christmas wishlist for sure. Thanks for keeping my creative juices flowing.

  23. wrote on June 27th, 2015 at 7:22 pm


    I don’t know who Rebecca is, but wish her well. And why do you call your daughter epic Courtney? Inquiring minds want to know! Myra

    • wrote on July 2nd, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Myra. I talked about Rebecca in THIS POST and epic Courtney HERE. 🙂

  24. wrote on June 28th, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Susan Berry

    Very stunning card. Love the look with the white ink and than the pink. I definitely want a Misti.

  25. wrote on June 28th, 2015 at 7:07 pm


    Darlene, I am most impressed with your card. I am learning so much. Thankyou for sharing. So glad to hear Rebecca’s tumors are shrinking.

  26. wrote on June 29th, 2015 at 2:35 am


    Such a beautiful card Darlene ! Looove the effect with the white and pink !

  27. wrote on June 29th, 2015 at 1:41 pm


    Great card, think I will try it for a friend in hospital. Thanks

  28. wrote on June 30th, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Nancy R.

    Oh Darlene, this card is so beautiful!! And why is it that we can’t find stamps with GOD included on them or even just a stamp with “GOD” alone?
    I do have a question. I have probably missed something. What is the “Finger tip technique with your left hand” that you mentioned in the video? I do apologize if I’m asking you to repeat something that I missed.
    Thanks so much! Love, love, love this site and your cards!

    • wrote on July 2nd, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Nancy. I use the “fingertip technique” when I am adhering one piece of cardstock to another. I lay down the cardstock with my right hand and use the fingertips on my left hand to get the layers into alignment. It’s not very scientific, but this little trick has helped me get those layers on a little straighter!

  29. wrote on July 7th, 2015 at 9:46 pm


    Hi Darlene,
    I love this beautiful card and can’t wait to get some free time to try it! Check out Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps. They have many awesome stamps with GOD in the sets. Thank you for your great website and postings.

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