A Birch Tree Stencil Background For a Winter Card

This birch tree stencil gave me the perfect background for my snowy card!

I know it’s the middle of the summer and to cool off I created a frosty little scene on a winter card using the new, two layer birch tree stencil from Rubbernecker to make my snowy background. It’s just perfect for this kind of card and I can’t wait to show you how easy it is to use! And make sure you read through to see how I got that even layer of snow sifting down from the sky – it’s one of my favorite PRO TIPS and it’s ridiculously easy!

The pretty background of this handmade winter card was made using a new, two part birch tree stencil from Rubbernecker

The Birch Tree Two Part Stencil

I think this two part stencil makes a gorgeous background for winter scenes but would look wonderful for any season.  This is a slimline stencil set but I used the top portion of it for my A2 sized card.  I know most of us know how to use stencils but I thought I would do a short video showing how I gently applied the inks for both layers.  A picture (or video) is worth a thousand words.  Once I was finished with both stencils I heat set the ink with my heat gun to prepare it for the next step.

The Falling Snow

  • Apply embossing magic powder to the stenciled background.
  • Use white pigment ink to stamp the Splatter Background stamp.
  • Apply white pigment ink to the stamp a second time, turn the stamp upside down and stamp the stenciled background a second time.  Pro Tip:  Turning the background stamp upside down for the second stamping allows the pattern to overlap the first but without mimicking the first pattern.
  • Apply white embossing powder to the stenciled layer and heat with the heat gun.

The Frame and Snow Layers

  • Use the Rectangle Combo #4 die and blue cardstock to cut the frame sections.
  • Turn the two largest frame sections face down on your work surface and attach the two sections together using double stick tape.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the frame.  Pro Tip:  I could have attached the two frames together using just the mounting tape but I like using double stick tape first to make sure the sections are perfectly lined up.
  • Use white cardstock to cut two Deckle Hill snow layers.
  • Attach both snow layers to the back of the frame.
  • Apply double stick tape to the back of the snow layers and then attach the frame and snow layers to the stenciled background.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the framed stenciled layer and attach it to the white card base.


a birch tree stencil from Rubbernecker created the background on this wintry card loaded with die cut details

The Snowman

  • Cut the snowman parts out using white, black, orange and red cardstock.
  • Assemble the two snowman layers together using glossy accents.
  • Apply glossy accents to the red hat band, attach it the top hat and attach to the snowman head with a piece of mounting tape.
  • Attach the red scarf sections to the snowman using mounting tape.
  • Use glossy accents to attach the carrot nose, eyes, mouth and buttons to the snowman.
  • Add a holly leaves and a red berry to the hat using glossy accents.
  • Tuck the snowman behind the snow layer and attach using mounting tape.

The Trees, Sprigs and Cardinals

  • Use green cardstock to cut the evergreen trees and evergreen twigs.
  • Use a paint brush to apply white gesso to the tips of the evergreen sprigs and set aside to dry.
  • Stamp the Splatter Background on the trees using white pigment ink and emboss with white embossing powder.
  • Run the trees through a straight crimper to add dimension.
  • Smooth the crimped pattern out a little to give some height back to the trees.
  • Attach the trees to the scene using pieces of mounting tape.
  • Tuck the evergreen sprigs in between the snow layers and attach using glossy accents.
  • Use red cardstock to cut the cardinal and use a black marker to color their beaks.
  • Attach small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the cardinals and attach them to the scene.

Notice the delightful details of the wintry background made using a birch tree stencil from Rubbernecker

You can my recent Use Stencils and Die Cuts for Wow Cards post showing another fun stenciled card.  

I made this snowman card to publish a Christmas in July post but my husband has been ill and in and out of the hospital twice in July.  It’s been a busy month and I just haven’t had the time to post as often as I usually do.  I hope seeing it now gives you some cool thoughts during this hot summer heat.  Our temps here in Florida have been in the low 90s every day. 

1231 Splatter Background
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4114 Slimline Birch Tree Stencil
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5217D Rectangle Combo OPC #4 Die Cut
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5337-03D Winter Snowmen Die
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5217-02D Cardinals Die
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5217-01D Evergreen Tree Die
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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Twigs Die
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5162-04D Tiny Leaves
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Color Fuse Set #7
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Scor-Tape .25″X27yd
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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Scotch Advanced Tape Glider & Tape
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Glacier White Embossing Powder
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The Color Catalog by Sarah Renae Clark
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Scrapbook.com – Ink Blending Tool…
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Hero Arts – Hero Hues – Pigment Ink…
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Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
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Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado
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Amazon.com: Mini Foam Dots…
Amazon.com: Scotch 1/2-Inch by…
Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Glue Dots, Mini (3/16″)
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Amazon.com : Accent Opaque White 8.5”…
Marvy Uchida Corru-Gator Paper…
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Liquitex Acrylic Gesso – White, 4 oz…
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Crafter’s Choice White Taklon Round…
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This birch tree stencil was so easy to use that I am definitely going to be featuring it more. I love that I can create something that adds a ton of dimension in the background with just a few swipes of ink and that it can be tweaked for any theme and any season. Stencils for the win!

6 thoughts on “A Birch Tree Stencil Background For a Winter Card”

  1. Oh, Kittie, this is a fabulous timesaver! Birch trees are a year round subject in my book, especially for simple and masculine cards. These are a very handsome design, as well as fast, done in the way you have demonstrated. Thank you for the video at this busy time. Blessings.

  2. Kittie, I love the colors you chose for this card – they are so striking and the crimping of the trees is GREAT – adds so much to the card. Everything about this card is just so creative and fun! I just love your creations and you did a great job with this one. Hope your hubby feels better soon. God bless you!

  3. Beautiful card Kittie…Brrrr…we are heading to Highlands NC tomorrow…mountains…so hoping to have a little of that chill but no snow..
    Hope you are doing well…


  4. Good to see you posting again, I was a little worried with you living in Florida and their cases of covid being high that you may have caught it.
    I love this scene, of course i love snowmen and I like your corrugated trees as well, that does make a great background for any season that’s for sure!


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