Good Saturday morning. When I first saw the Tim Holtz Snowglobe die set I couldn’t resist purchasing it because I love creating village cards. I must admit that I was a tiny bit addled when I opened the envelope and saw 23 pieces in the set. I was sure I had bitten off more than I could handle but after laying out all the pieces everything made sense. There are two large dies to make mountains and matching pieces to create snow caps but I made them green so there wouldn’t be too many colors to muddy up my scene. I think they just look like large snow caped trees. LOL! Instead of using the arched snowglobe frame that comes in the set I opted to use my My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames. I added tiny evergreen boughs to the houses made using my Martha Stewart Branch Punch and 1/16” punched circles.
I assembled all the pieces to create the houses. There are two different roof pieces to use with the house die so you can create variety in the scene. I backed all the house windows with a Gold Shimmer cardstock from Papertrey. I used the same paper to cut several stars. The two large mountain sections in green along with several small trees. I cut and attached the snow caps to the mountains with glossy accents. I wanted the small trees to have snow caps so I cut them out in white and cut them with my scalloped scissors and attached them with glossy accents. I cut the frame, applied double stick tape to the lower back section of the frame and attached the ground snow. Then I attached thin strips of mounting tape and attached a back ground snow section, applied double stick tape to the back of that section and then attached the whole frame to the card base. I could have left off the back snow section because it is almost totally covered by the tree and houses.
I began applying mounting tape to the back of the green tree sections and attached to the card base. I tucked the houses in behind the ground snow and attached them in place with mounting tape. I added the one small tree with the star and two larger trees on either side of the scene for balance. I finished by attaching several stars in the sky with glossy accents. I added sparkle to the stars with yellow stickles and to the red berries with red stickles. Too bad you can’t really see the sparkle in the photos. This set is fun to play with but I must admit that I would have much preferred using softer more natural shaped trees. My husband, however loved the mod feel of the trees. Just to shed a little light on our differing tastes Bob says he felt like was the Jetsons moving in with the Waltons. LOL!
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My project today was fast and simple and would be an easy one to mass produce for holiday cards. I love the Hero Arts Color Layering Snowy Tree Stamps and Color Layering Snowy Tree Frame Cuts. I thought it was pretty enough to stand alone layered on an oval background with just the touches of sparkle from the glitter and clear sequins. I had the plaid paper on my desk from the project I posted yesterday and decided to use it again.
I attached the designer paper and the dotted layer to the card base using ATG adhesive. The red and white layers were attached together with ATG adhesive and then attached to the card base with mounting tape.
The tree was stamped on white cardstock with green ink and heat dried. I used the snow layer stamp to stamp white pigment ink and then embossed with white embossing powder. I cut a second white oval section and cut across the top of it with deckle scissors to create a snowy ground layer. I applied Cosmic glue to both the tree and ground snow layer and sprinkled with clear glitter. When both pieces were dry I attached them to the oval base with mounting tape. The clear sequins were attached with touches of glossy accents.
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I embossed the scene base with the tiny dots folder and attached it to the card base with ATG adhesive. I like those tiny embossed dots looking like snow in the background. I cut the tree line three times and used one full layer as the farthest back section of trees and attached the tree line base with ATG adhesive and I anchored a few of the larger trees with small pieces of mounting tape. I actually attached a back layer of snow to cover the tree line but it doesn’t really show with the trees I placed in front of it. I cut the other two tree line sections apart and randomly attached them with mounting tape to hold them out in front of the back line of trees. I cut another snow ground section and attached to the bottom of the card with mounting tape.
I cut out a white house section and red window section from the Snowglobe set, attached them together and then attached in the scene with mounting tape. I added the tiny gold star on the tree closest to the house but you can barely see it in the photos. I wasn’t exactly pleased with this scene card as I felt like it was missing something but couldn’t quite figure out what to add so I left it alone. Do you have one of those kind of days? LOL!
Good Saturday morning. I have one more project using the Hero Arts Color Layering Snowy Tree and Color Layering Snowy Tree Frame Cuts to share with you with today and I promise I’ll focus on something different this next week. This time I combined stamping with heat embossing and watercolor to for my snowy forest scene and created dimension by adding layers and a Bendi Frame. I wanted the deer in my scene to be a little larger than the one with the set so I used the fawn from the Impression Obsession Deer Trio die set. The frame was made using the Nesting Card Templates. You can check out my Bendi Frame step by step and video tutorial on Splitcoaststampers if you would like to see how I made my bowed frame.
I began with hot pressed watercolor paper to use for my scene. I applied Crushed Curry distress Ink to the solid tree stamp, lightly misted with water (from a distance of about 1 1/2 feet) and stamped trees all the way across the page. I used my heat gun to dry the ink the ink on the trees and rubbed the embossing magic bag on the paper to eliminate static cling. Next I used versa to stamp the snowy tree image and the falling snow image and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I repeated the steps and stamped the trees three times on a separate piece of watercolor paper and then cut them out using the coordinating tree die.
Next I used a large round brush to apply a light water wash around the sky area and down in between the trees to prepare the paper for the blue sky wash. I put a good amount of Tumbled Glass Distress Reinker in the lid of my ink pad, add a small amount of water in the lid and mixed with my brush. I began applying the ink wash in the sky area and down in between the trees. I purposefully brushed the blue ink wash close to the tree edges to make the green ink run a little. I loved that it created the appearance of light around the trees. Once I was finished with the sky I went back and brushed a strong mixture of green reinker over the trees to add back some of the color that washed out. I think the Crushed Curry and Tumbled Glass inks created a whimsical non-traditional color combination for the scene. I painted the deer with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress reinkers and then added a light mixture of Squeezed Lemonade reinker and water to create the appearance of light shining on it’s back through the trees. I’m not sure I really accomplished that but I tried. LOL!
I cut the card base to be 5 3/8” by 4 1/4”. There needs to be a 1/8” difference in the card base and the 5 1/5” x 4.25” frame to create the bowed frame. I attached the tree scene layer to the card base with ATG adhesive. I cut two snow ground layers using my deckle scissors, applied versa over both pieces and embossed with white embossing powder. I attached one of the layers to the scene base with a double layer of mounting tape. The second piece was attached to the back of the frame with ATG adhesive. I applied thin strips of mounting tape on both sides of the frame, removed the backing of the tape on one side and attached the frame to the card base. Next I removed the tape backing from the right side of the frame, lightly bowed the frame out and carefully attached it to the right of the card base. I cut an inch or so off the bottom of the three die cut trees so they would be shorter and not cover up the trees in the background. I applied double layers of mounting tape to the back of two of the trees and tucked them in behind the snow layer and attached to the scene base. I applied a triple layer of mounting tape to the front of the third tree and attached it to the back of the front snow layer on the bowed frame. I cut a tiny bit off the rear of the fawn to it could be tucked in behind the tree on the right and attached it with it with a single layer of mounting tape. I cut and painted a little star using Squeezed Lemonade reinker and applied yellow Wink of Stella for a bit of sparkle and attached it in the sky area with a double layer of glue dots to complete the scene.
Here is a close up side view of the card to show the dimensional layers. Sorry the colors look strange in this picture but it was a little hard to get good light at this angle.
Well I hope you haven’t gotten sick to death of all my snowy tree holiday cards but I sure have had fun using the coordinating sets. Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Good Sunday morning. I have been enjoying making fall projects this past week. I thought I would use my new Penny Black Dancing Branches and Sizzix Bricked and Wooden embossing folder set to make a rustic fall card for the Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge. The featured stamper this week is Marg Mortimer and I was inspired by Marg’s Wishes Card. I kept the same basic layout as Marg’s card but changed from a floral to fall theme. I used an oval opening in the main card layer instead of round.
I started by creating a alcohol ink palette on my craft sheet, misting it with alcohol blending solution and then laying a piece of glossy cardstock facedown in the inks and lightly pressing with my fingers and set aside to dry. Rubber gloves were used for this process.
I cut the branch die out three times. Some of the colors didn’t show up as well as I had hoped so I applied inks on alcohol blending pads and lightly dabbed directly on the branches. My colors became somewhat muddled so I applied versa to the branches and heat embossed with clear embossing powder to brighten them. They didn’t turn out as I had hoped they would but I still wanted to use them.
I brayered brown ink on the inside of the embossing folder and used Kraft cardstock to create the wooded layer. I applied more ink to the embossed layer by wiping my brown pads directly on the cardstock. I like the rustic look and thought it would be perfect with the branches. I used glossy accents to attach one full branch section to the oval opening on the card base. I cut the other two branch sections apart and attached them around the main branch with glossy accents. I attached a few little leaves sticking upward at the edge of the oval opening and then attached the green ribbon to finish.
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Good Saturday afternoon. My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge and Wallplatesonline was our inspiration site today. Who knew there were so many kind of wall plates to cover your light switches, etc. I rarely use yellow as the main focal color of a project. I don’t know why because I really like yellow. I was inspired by the yellow design in the Monoprint Yellow Plate. The pattern of the yellow plate reminded me of the Belleek Inspired Technique that I love so much so I decided to use it for my card. You can see my Belleek Inspired Technique tutorial on my blog here. My flowers were made using the Elizabeth Craft Bunch of Flowers 1, the frame and foliage was made using the Impression Obsession Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames and Foliage Set, and the embossed layer was done using the Sizzix Corners and Lattice Embossing Set.
I started by applying Scattered Straw ink to the embossing folder with my brayer, inserted the white cardstock inside the folder and ran through my Big Shot Express. I attached the embossed layer to the card base with ATG adhesive. The frame was attached to the card base with mounting tape.
The flowers were cut out of white cardstock and then color washed with Scattered Straw reinker mixed with water. Painting the white cardstock with reinker mixed with water allows the flowers to perfectly match the color used on the embossing folder. I heat dried the flowers, molded each one with my stylus and molding pad and then assembled the three layers of each flower attaching with glossy accents. I cut two sets of the Impression Obsession Foliage to use to create the foliage base for my flowers. I attached the foliage to the frame with glossy accents and then arranged the flowers and attached them with glossy accents. I finished the flowers by placing a small snow pearl in the center of each.
Here’s a closer view of the flowers and foliage. I think this is so pretty and elegant.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying your weekend.
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