HI Crafty Friends,
Heather Telford is our guest today and she is sharing two gorgeous color variations of a beautiful Winter Wonderland card design, featuring the new Penny Black Winter Woodland stamp. The way she created this scene and especially the skies is magnificent!
Read below how she made it happen, then pop over to her blog for more awesome inspiration.
It’s lovely to be back on the Foiled Fox blog with some wintry scenery. As you can imagine I was excited when I saw this winter woodland stamp. Not only is it a tree stamp (you can never have too many tree stamps) but it’s an all year round tree stamp (the best kind). I paired it with an old favorite of mine, a little child pulling a dog on a sled. I have used this stamp before on simple winter scenes; perhaps they are heading home after some sledding ready for hot chocolate by the fire!
I used bristol smooth bright white cardstock for these cards and it shows off the details in the trees beautifully. My first step was to stamp the little child and dog stamp from the PB set ‘spread cheer’ in Versafine onyx black or Versafine Clair nocturne ink on the lower right section of the bristol panel. I embossed it in clear powder so it would resist any ink I added over the top later.
Next, I tore a mask from a post-it note or masking paper and positioned it across the lower third of the panel. I placed the panel in the stamp positioner and stamped the winter woodland stamp over the edge of the mask in Versafine smokey gray ink. I could have used black ink but the smokey gray helps the trees recede into the background and appear distant from the foreground black stamping.
I took the panel out of the stamp positioner and used my glass mat while blending the color over the sky but before doing any blending I punched a little circle out of masking paper and stuck it in the sky over a few branches. On one of the panels, I blended Papertrey scarlet jewel ink along the horizon with a blending brush, on the other panel I blended just a strip of Papertrey harvest gold ink over part of the horizon. I then filled the sky by blending Papertrey blueberry sky ink, lighter round the moon mask and darker at the edges of the panel.
When the sky was completely blended I removed the moon mask and the torn edge mask and replaced the torn mask a little lower down the panel. Without reinking my blending brush I blended blueberry sky ink over the edge of the mask to create a pale snowdrift in the foreground.
I trimmed both panels to exactly fit the card front and added a sentiment from the PB ‘merry up’ set in Versafine smokey gray ink. This card would not be hard to mass-produce. I would stamp the child stamp on all the panels, mask then stamp the tree stamp on all the panels, add the moon mask then do the blending on all the panels. If you used a brayer the sky could be inked even faster. Hmmm, must try that.
As I write this we have a minimal covering of snow in the yard. What we want however is enough snow to go sledding because I have two little nieces (and their parents of course) visiting from Australia and we have hinted several times that tobogganing will be fun!
Thank you for dropping by today; as always the supplies are linked below. If you try a wintry scene with this beautiful woodland stamp I’d love to hear about it, please leave a comment below and let me know.
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