I love to participate in the sketch challenges on Splitcoaststampers. Rox always have something wonderful up her sleeve for us. Check on this link for the details.  I usually don’t do many layers on a card as I am always hoping to have as much room as possible to paint something.  This layout intrigued me and I decided to do a little mini winter scene with the set Happy Winter. 

I cut my layers according to the size Rox used on her so I could stay as close to the sketch as I could.  The main image layer is 2 1/4" x 3 1/4".  The second layer is 3" x 4".  I stamped my little snowman and trees with Stazon on watercolor paper. I used a waterproof artist pen and sketched in a little house out in the distance and a small fence close behind the snowman.  I used a dry brush and brushed directly on the Old Olive ink pad and applied it to the trees in a stipple motion. I watercolored the fence, house and snowman with re inkers. I sponged on Ranger Straw Distress Ink over the trees to add a little highlight and then sponged the sky in with Buckaroo Blue to create the night sky and added a tiny bit of Basic Gray over the chimney for smoke.  I brushed White Craft ink over the roof of the house and to a little heavy handed and almost covered it up.  I heat embossed with white powder.  I painted White Craft on the ground and around the fence and trees, applied falling snow and then heat embossed again with white powder. I left a little crack in the snow along the house to sponge in a little Banana to create a slight reflection from the house lights. I used a lovely piece of Figgy Designer Paper for my main background as it seemed to be a perfect match for my little scene.  I layered the scene over white card stock that I sponged with Ranger Old Paper Distress ink to tone down the white to match the Figgy.  I used a small amount of my retired SU Cranberry grosgrain for the embellishment.  Sadly, I had totally finished my card and realized that I had left off layer 2 of the sketch.  I’m sorry!!  I didn’t do it on purpose.


Stamps: Happy Winter, Petal Pushers (seed stamp for falling snow)

Paper: Bayou Blue, Papertrey White, Figgy

Ink:  Gray, Cranberry, Buckaroo Blue, Olive, Stazon, White Craft, Banana, Ranger Distress-Straw and Old Paper

Accessories:  Grosgrain, White Embossing Powder, Corner Punch, Artist Pen, Watercolor Brushes