Good Sunday morning. My project today was made for the September Challenge Chicks challenge to create a project using ink splatters. A new challenge will be posted every month and we would love for you to join us! No stress, no deadlines… just lots of fun! Please play along with us and link your projects on The Challenge Chicks Community Facebook page. Use keyword CHXSEPT15 for your Splitcoaststampers gallery upload.
I love the Impression Obsession Elegant Pine Trio and thought it would be fun to create a simple snowy scene with them as the main focus. I started by applying plain water to a piece of Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper. Unlike cold pressed paper hot pressed is very smooth and really nice for working with stamped images. I started by brushing my paper with plain water to prepare it to accept the blue ink for the sky. Next I put Tumbled Glass reinker into the lid of ink pad, mixed in a little water and then brushed it over the entire piece of watercolor paper. Since ink always dries much lighter than it looks when wet I used a concentrated mixture with lots more ink than water. I wanted the blue to be dark enough to allow my snow splatters to show well. I heat dried my paper and then stamped the image with Peeled Paint ink. Next I used a thin liner brush and Vintage Photo reinker to paint and fill in the tree trunks and branches. I used a plain damp brush to touch the pine sprigs to give a bit of a watercolor appearance and then used my Peeled Paint marker to fill in some of the pine sprigs to add back definition to areas that were washed a little too much. I went over all the branches with clear Wink of Stella but it doesn’t really show in the photos.
Next I added the spatters of falling snow to the scene. I placed the paper inside my cardboard splatter box, applied white gesso on to a wet toothbrush and flicked the brush bristles over the scene to splatter. I actually repeated this step a couple of times to create the heavy falling snow that I wanted. When the gesso was dry I layered and mounted it to my card base with mounting tape, I used all white cardstock to allow the scene to pop. I hand cut a piece of cardstock with my deckle scissors to create the snowy ground piece for the scene. I applied Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue with my finger and then applied Martha Stewart’s Crystal Fine Glitter. I attached three white birds in the scene to add interest and a bit of dimension to the stamped trees. I really love how this turned out. I know it is really simple but I think it looks so peaceful.
Thanks for coming by today. I hope you’ll come and play along in the Splatters challenge.
Kittie Caracciolo (that’s me)
10 thoughts on “Challenge Chicks "Splatters””
Peaceful indeed….absolutely lovely Kittie…great tutorial…must try the smooth watercolor paper
Simple yet lovely. While Im not looking forward to the snow, I sure love to look at it on your pretty cards.
Beautiful card! OMG lots of gorgeous new IO dies!
Hi Kittie, A really beautiful, calming AND unique card. How do you keep ’em coming? 🙂
Gorgeous card, Kittie! Love the look the layered of gesso “snow”.
Good Afternoon, Kittie. I think this is my favorite one. It is so inspiring an so peaceful. I love the soft snow falling, and the doves flying, and beautiful pine trees. Makes you want to make a snow angel beneath the trees an take in all it’s glory. thanks for sharing this magnificent creation…..HUGS
Gorgeous! And I’m so excited that you just gave me a great idea for the gesso that came in my Simon Says Stamp kit last month.
Very pretty and I loved your trees in the previous posts. I just pulled out a bottle of gesso that had never been opened…don’t remember why I bought it, but it came in handy for a recent project I was experimenting with. Now, I have a second purpose for using it. Thanks.
My altered paint brush had to be put on hold unexpectedly…long story–unanticipated health issue….but, I’m hoping to get back to it this week. Will let you know if it turns out okay. (grin)
Thanks for sharing your pretty cards….I needed the inspiration.
This is beautiful, Kittie! Love the snowy splatters!
If I ever have to be cast into the wilderness of deep wintery wonders … please let it be in this scene!
Beautiful, beautiful …. Hope you know that you’re always an inspiration to me, Kittie. (((hugs))) from Texas!