Tuesday 1 September 2020

Snowy Days

I have 2 cards for you today.
I've been playing along with the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges at Splitcoast Stampers.  Every year they have a huge challenge with many great prizes to be won.  I'm also trying to get ahead of the game with making Christmas cards so it all works.

So onto my card details.
  • I began by creating the main popped up panel.  I cut down an inked piece I had in my stash that was inked using my Distress Oxide inks. (I think I used some Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio but I'm not totally sure as it was done a long time ago)
  • While that dried, I die-cut the little village from Your Next Stamp, placed it into my Misti and stamped the sentiment with some black Versafine Clair and clear heat embossed it. 
  • Before I glued the die cut over the inked bkg., I splattered the blue sky with some white and black using my Posca pens.
  • I wanted the little panel to have some kind of border, so I die cut a piece of white using the Diagonal Stitched die from MFT and glued it all together.  
  • Using another sheet of white cardstock, I placed it into my Misti and stamped the Houndstooth from Hero Arts using some Peacock Feathers Distress ink.  I thought it made for a nice matching background.
  • I glued the stamped panel onto a heavy white card base, then pop dotted the small panel over that.

Stamps- Houndstooth (HA); Peace, Love, Joy (Right at Home)
Inks- Distress Oxides (TH); Versafine Clair Noir
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Posca pens; Diagonal die (MFT); village die (YNS);
Inking Tool (TH); Cuttlebug; clear eb powder; heat tool; pop dots; Misti

Here's what I did to create this card.
  • I began with a piece of heavy white cardstock, my Gel Plate, brayer and acrylic paint.
  • I brayered some purple and blue acrylic paints over my Gel Plate in a loose application so there would be some white areas.  I laid my cardstock panel on top of the paint and rubbed firmly, getting a good print.  I lifted it off the plate and set aside to dry. *I just used some acrylic paints that I picked up at the Dollar Tree.  They are more watery and help give the more distressed look to the background.
  • When dry, I placed the snowflake die from Simon Says over the painted panel and cut it out in my Cuttlebug.  I also cut 3 more of the snowflakes on some more plain white cardstock and glued them all together, making a thick snowflake.
  • I placed the painted piece into my Misti and stamped the sentiment from MFT with Versafine Clair Noir ink and clear heat embossed it.
  • Next, I glued the painted panel that had the snowflake cut out of it onto a piece of purple cardstock and glued the snowflake back into the die cut area, fitting it in perfectly.  
  • I added a purple gem to the center of the snowflake and then glued it all onto a heavy white card base.

Stamps- Hand Lettered Holiday (MFT)
Inks- Versafine Clair Noir; acrylic paint
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook); purple cs
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); Gel Plate; Speedball Brayer; purple gem; 
clear eb powder

Thanks so very much for coming by and taking a look.
So sorry for the messed up spacing in this post....Blogger was just not cooperating at all this morning!!


Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

These are wonderful! Love the wintery colors and textures!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful winter card designs. I love both.

I Card Everyone said...

You had me [once again] at Houndstooth, Karen!

Mac Mable said...

What beautiful, unique and amazing background on both of your stunning cards Karen x. Fabulous cards, both of them x.

Pat said...

Both backgrounds are amazing Karen, and love the blue as the sky with that sweet little die cut village, and your wonderful brayered acrylics on the gelli plate look fabulous with the cut out, inset amd raised up large snowflake which works beautifully and just adore the colours. x

nancy littrell said...

Two Gorgeous Christmas cards, Karen. I loved your colors for both cards. I so appreciate your detailed steps for both cards and list of supplies:-) I never tire of your artsy Christmas cards and the beautiful large die cut snowflake. Loved the distress look of your gelli plate background and the beautiful Distress Ink sky and sentiment for your Winter village. TFS my friend. Love and Hugs..Nancy

Bonnie said...

Two beautiful snowy scenes, Karen! An awesome sky for the first card and wonderful snowflake for the second! We all wish Blogger would be more cooperative!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

I'm in awe again! Amazing colours and cards beautifully made to be stunning.
Faith x

Christine Alexander said...

Two amazing cards Karen to add to your Christmas stash :)