I know I’m probably the odd one out, but I wish we had some snow, here! I know it’s hitting the ski hills, but I don’t ski. Actually, one of my favourite memories was cross-country skiing with friends one year at Whistler. There was an incredible amount of snow – so much that we could hardly drive into town for supplies. Anyway, it was my first time cross-country skiing, and it was magical! The hush in the air, the snow blanketing all of the trees, and skiing around the perimeter of the frozen lake was amazing. It was worth the incredible workout! I’d love to try snowshoeing; I think that would be as much fun. Anyway, it’s that kind of scene that I was trying to capture with this card, showing off nature’s winter wonderland. The wildlife is a bonus!
This new Penny Black stamp is called Winter Woodland. It doesn’t have to be used for winter scenes only, though. Just omit the snow, and it’s great for any background!
I had fun creating the scene, complete with snow drifts and a magical sky. Maybe it’s some northern lights? An interpretation, anyway!
First, set up your white cardstock and the stamp in your stamp platform. This will enable you to easily stamp different areas of the image in different colour inks. Next, tear a strip of copy paper to create the ridge line for the trees; place it on the panel. Cover the evergreen trees on the left with Pine Needles ink, and stamp. Next, apply Mowed Lawn ink to the evergreen trees, and stamp again. The two tones of green will give some depth to the trees. For the bare trees, cover them with Tea Dye ink, and stamp. Ink and stamp again, to ensure a good image.
Now remove your image panel from the stamp platform. Move the ridge line mask down about 1/8″, and blend on some Broken China ink, to create shading on the snow. Stamp the wolf silhouette (from an retired Stampin’ Up! set) in dark gray ink. Use a portion of the mask to create a snow drift at the wolf’s feet; move it over an up to the left to add another drift.
To create the sky, blend Chipped Sapphire ink at the very top, then Broken China underneath that. Blend on some Wilted Violet ink below that, making it a bit darker behind the ridge line.
CREATE THE LAYERS
To tie in all of the colours, create a dark green card base. Glue on a panel of black cardstock, and then a strip of purple cardstock vertically down the left hand side. Finally, attach your image panel on top, with some foam tape. I didn’t put a sentiment on the front – I like the way the scene looks without one. Besides, I will be adding a sentiment to the inside.
As a final touch, I used my white gel pen to add snowflakes to the background, and the trees.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing today’s card as much as I liked creating it! Have fun trying out different things with your background stamps, and adding different images in the foreground.
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