I never tire of winter scenes and holiday themed cards this time of year. I do not mass produce one type of Christmas card as I would go crazy from the boredom of repetition. I just build up my stash of cards one by one and pick out my favorites to send to friends and family.
How about you? If you would like to have an opportunity to win a brand new unmounted Stampin' Up! set-Spring Song then leave a comment on this post and tell me how you produce your holiday cards. Do you mass produce, do you wing it like me and just keep making individual cards or do you stamp for fun and just buy your cards at Hallmark? I will randomly draw the winner on Wednesday morning, the 19th, around 5:00 am before I go to work. If your comment is there before I sit down with my first cup of coffee then your comment will be included in the drawing. Good luck!
I love the new Forest of Trees set by Flourishes. I think the evergreen is one of the most natural and life like tree images I have seen or used. I decided to try my hand one more time creating a scene on glossy paper so I could create that wonderful sky in the background. It is amazing to me how you can sponge the colors on that paper and create such subtle glows and contrast. Who new? Now I know why Michelle Zindorf loves her fantastic technique.
I stamped the tree several times with Old Olive craft ink. This image layer actually started out as a 5" x 5". I used only the top portion of the tree a couple of times to build depth and create a more natural forest. I had some difficulty getting the tree image to fully stamp. I think it could be because the acrylic stamp, craft ink and glossy paper are just a little more difficult to work with together. I was not going to let that stop me though. I just took my craft spot pad and touched it directly to areas of the trees that were not completely stamped and filled it in with a light touch. I then embossed all the green trees with clear embossing powder. I used my Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool to apply both the yellow and blue color and then blended. If you have not tried using this tool then you are missing out. I have several of them that I keep right at hand with my most commonly used colors. For me that would be green, yellow, brown and blue and I can reach for them when ever I need them and reuse over and over. When the sponge gets really worn I switch it out for a new one. I added falling snow, the snow on the branches and the ground area with Liquid Applique' and heated. I then covered the snow with clear embossing powder and heated again to create a shell and to remove the sticky, rubbery feel of the LA. When I finished the whole scene I felt it would be far more interesting to frame a portion of it instead of using the whole 5" x 5". I cut an oval frame with a Nestabilities die, put a fine layer of glue around the opening and applied clear glitter by Martha Stewart. I cut a few snowflakes with a Cuttlebug die to use for embellishment. I used a technique that I saw on Anna Wight's Sassy & Sweet Blog using Diamond Dust glitter. I don't have the Diamond Dust glitter (but is now ordered and on it's way) so I used regular glitter. I love the sparkle and interest it added to the snowflakes and the little flowers that I used behind them. I got that idea from Anna's article, too! She is so creative and clever. Anyway, this is a very simple project and is much easier than it looks.
I would love it if you come back here and post a link to any winter scene or scenes you may have created recently. If you do your post will also be included in the drawing for the blog candy. I love all the inspiration we get from each other. Enjoy your Sunday.
Stamps: Flourishes- Forest of Trees
Paper: Glossy White and Old Olive- Stampin' Up!, White-Papertrey
Ink: Stampin' Up! Olive Craft
Accessories: Diamond Glaze, Liquid Applique', Martha Stewart Glitter, Cuttlebug Snowflake Die, Nestabilities Die, Inkssential Blending Tool, Stampin' Up! Flower Punch