Welcome to my crafty blog. Regular readers will notice I’ve got a new layout – I updated the blog theme now I’ve got a bit braver with editing my site – hope you like it! Speaking of themes, you may well have spotted the one for today’s card…? Snow it is! As it happens, two of the blog challenges that I like to take part in have both got ‘snow’ for their current challenges so that took care of some of the decision making. Thanks The Paper Players and Addicted to CAS 😉
Before I go any further, I must also thank the team over at The Paper Players for choosing the card I shared with them last week (Sending love with a wild flower spray) as one of their top picks. I was delighted!
On to today’s card, then. I’ve been resurrecting quite a few of my older stamp sets over recent weeks, and this one is no exception as I got Stampin’ Up!’s ‘Festival of Trees’ out of the bottom of my Christmas storage box. I knew I wanted to make a snowy landscape and remembered that one of the images is a plain fir tree. Before stamping it though, I started by masking off the lower part of a square of card with a torn piece of copy paper. I also added one of the Claritystamp moon masks, and then brushed ‘chipped sapphire’ Distress Oxide across the card.
I removed both masks, and then lightly brushed a few snow drifts onto the lower part of the card, again using a piece of torn copy paper but this time with ‘speckled egg’ Distress Oxide. I’d already decided to put the scene behind a circle aperture, so used a soft pencil to mark the circle outline on the scene. This made it much easier to position the trees in the right place – I stamped them in Archival ‘watering can’.
Obviously at this point it needed more snow! I used the little snowflakes stamp from the SU ‘snowflake wishes’ to cover the sky, stamping it repeatedly in clear ink and then embossing with WOW bright white super fine powder. I added snow to the trees with a Versamark pen and the WOW powder.
I finished by sitting the scene behind another piece of card which I’d die cut the circle into, and then mounting both pieces onto a 6×6 card blank.
Thanks for dropping in. Parts of the UK have had some snow over the last couple of weeks, but we’ve avoided it here on the London/Essex border. No sign of any over the coming days either – it does look very pretty but it’s no fun when you need to go out in it!