Saturday, June 25, 2016

Christmas in June: Peaceful Snow Joy

Wow, June 25th is here already! And as my husband said as I told him what I was doing, "There are only 6 months 'til Christmas, and we haven't even started the shopping yet! Gasp!" He was totally kidding. We are the "shop in mid-December" type! That is, for any gifts that we don't create ourselves, lol!

I have a confession to make. I did not purchase very many Christmas sets from the Holiday Mini this year, until I found out which ones were carrying over. Then I think I ended up with almost every single one! I am a sucker for Christmas sets, and I keep 98% of them. Let's just say that if someone wanted to come make Christmas cards at my house, they might be a tad overwhelmed with the available options... I mean, I have a snowflake section!

SO I really didn't need another snowflake stamp set. But this one is sooo cute!!  :)

I am still on a watercolor kick, and I think I can feel the wind swirling the snowflakes around in this background! It feels very winterish :) And hey, I live in Minnesota so I should know what that feels like, lol! Here is how I made this card:
  • Cut a watercolor panel to 4"x5¼", stamp the various snowflakes in Versamark, sweeping from upper left to lower right. Sprinkle with Clear embossing powder and heat set. 
  • Tape the watercolor panel down to a board with painter's tape. Wet the paper with an Aqua-painter or a watercolor brush. Add Dapper denim to the left upper and right lower corner, tipping and turning the board to get some movement and blooming of the color. Dry with heat tool. 
  • Repeat the previous step two more times, using Sweet Sugarplum and Pool Party. 
  • Spatter some clean water across the panel, let sit for 30 seconds or so, then dab off with a clean cloth. 
  • From a scrap of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper, die cut the "peace" die from Christmas Greetings thinlets. 
  • Cut a 1½" strip of Vellum, lay the peace diecut over it so you can figure out placement for the sentiments, then stamp the sentiments with Versamark. Sprinkle with Silver embossing powder and heat set. 
  • Dovetail the left end of the Vellum strip, adhere the "peace" with the Fine-Tip glue pen. Stitch the Vellum strip to the watercolor panel with sewing machine and thread. Add a little Fine-Tip glue behind the diecut on the back of the Vellum strip and adhere to the watercolor panel. 
  • Adhere the watercolor panel to the Thick Whisper White card base. 
  • For the inside, I used a technique to create a subtle watercolor look to the snowflake stamping. I inked the stamps up, stamped off once, then spritzed lightly with a couple pumps with the spritzer filled with water, then stamped on the lower right corner. 
  What do you think, good technique? I love this!! I think I should make a few more of this one, and each one will be different. That is the nature of watercolor :)

I did learn a lesson, again, about the painter's tape... if you reuse it, the tape  does not stick as well and will let some of the watercoloring leak underneath it. I am ok with it on this project, but it could really ruin the look of something that  needs a nice crisp edge.

Here I tried to capture the sparkle of that glimmer paper, so lovely! Very ice crystal. Can you believe I resisted the urge to add rhinestones and sequins?! I might make some with those items, but I really trying to expand my repertoire :)

I have a little help from the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #210

And the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #178:

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Bonnie said...

This is a beautiful snowflake background, Tanya! It does look like the wind is swirling those snowflakes around! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

Linda said...

What a beautiful background for those swirling snowflakes. Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday.

Notes by Nina said...

So pretty, I love your snowflake background. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Leigh Penner said...

This is so pretty! And I love how you were inspired to use the sketch for the inside of your card!

Chrissy Larson said...

What a gorgeous background! Wow!

Leonardo Dicaprio said...

Happy Christmas Images


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