Senior DT Challenge: Rustic Branches Revisited

Hello everyone!  I have an amazing treat in store for you today and I think you will really enjoy everything that myself and the team have prepared for you!

Rustic Branches

Today we are revisiting Rustic Branches designed by Heather Nichols.  Originally released in 2008, this amazingly versatile set.  All of the layering possibilities with both the solid and outline version of the images are so FUN to experiment and play with!  It even has all sorts of amazing holiday applications!

Here is a little something new that I created with Rustic Branches, one of my all-time favorite sets!

Thinking of You card

I love how this set can be used for either complex or simple projects.  I chose to go the simple route today.

Wreath closeup
I stamped the solid wreath image twice with a single inking to get a second "shadow" impression using Spring Moss.  I then added the berry overlay with Ocean TIdes ink.  I carefully cut the tips of all the leaves with a craft knife and curled the ends up for dimension (I call this the clip & curl technique which I originally talked about HERE)

The sentiment (from Through the Trees) is stamped in Smokey Shadow.  I also added some stitching to the side of the focal point and adhered Ocean Tides buttons with a few glue dots.


I stamped some of the outline branches on the Kraft base in Fresh Snow ink to act as a bit of a border.  It's a really simple card, but I love the classic elegance that it achieved.

Now, let me show you a few of the fabulous things the design team has created with this set!


CLICK HERE to read more from Betsy Veldman.

CLICK HERE to read more from Dawn McVey.



CLICK HERE to read more from Heather Nichols.

CLICK HERE to read more from Lisa Johnson.



CLICK HERE to read more from Michelle Wooderson.

I hope you have enjoyed this little re-visit with Rustic Branches and perhaps have found a bit of inspiration here!  Enjoy the rest of your week and thanks so much for stopping by!


Countdown project
You can see my original countdown post for Rustic Branches HERE.

Gallery Photo
You can view the Rustic Branches Design Team Gallery HERE.


  • STAMPS: Rustic Branches, Through the Trees
  • INK: Spring Moss, Ocean TIdes, Smokey Shadow, Fresh Snow
  • PAPER: Kraft, Ocean Tides, Stamper's Select White
  • OTHER: Ocean Tides buttons, craft knife, pinking shears, sewing machine,
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4.25" x 5.5"
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Join the discussion 12 Comments

  • 1

    These are truly pretty Nichole! And all the cards I saw with the team were so gorgeous! What a fabulous set this is!!! And I love this time of the month!
    Hugs, Wendy

  • 2

    I love the posts with revisited stampsets. I like that clip and curl technique you used. Something to remember.

  • 3
    Kathy H says:

    So beautiful! Those colors are your signature colors, Nichole…in case you didn’t know it already, LOL!

  • 4
    Cyndie says:

    Wonderful! I continue to get inspiration from all your work, including the older work!

  • 5
    Sandra K says:

    It’s beautiful. Gorgeous card.


  • 6
    see mary stamp says:

    Thanks for featuring Rustic Branches. This set has been on my wish list since I first discovered PTI. Maybe this is the month it will finally make it into my cart. Beautiful projects.

  • 7
    Lisa says:

    BEAUTIFUL Nichole…love the colors. And the photo of the original post is just charming!!!

  • 8
    sarita says:

    thank you for taking some of the “older” stamp sets and revisiting them! i have this stamp set and haven’treally used it – but will get it out and use it..thank you

  • 9

    Wonderful, versitale set, Love all the photos you displayed. So much talent and wonderful designs. Enjoy the wonderful weekend.

  • 10
    Juanita in Ohio says:

    Your cards are the pinnacle of design. They put the J in JOY. As always, your eye for color combinations is hard at work here, wonderful wonderful colors. Thank you for sharing your awesome and simple second generation stamping technique, it makes such a huge impression. Have a wonderful July 4th. weekend and TFS.

  • 11
    sue says:

    Great cards! I’d love to see you revisit “Vintage Picnic”. My 4 girlfriends and I all recently ordered that set (plus the die). I’d love to see some new ideas using it.
    Next week we are all making 5 cards using VP and then exchanging ideas.

  • 12
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