Hello stamping friend! Welcome to a new post, this time sharing a new to me stamp set called Snow Trails. This stamp is from Penny Black, and is a beautiful scene stamp. It reminds me of many snowy winter walks through the woods. My favourite is when we go up the mountains, and see all the trees on the other side of Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver. They have paths through the trees, which they’ve beautifully decorated with millions of white fairy lights. It’s very tastefully done, and all without harming the trees. They have created these amazing suspended walkways between the trees, like mini suspension bridges, and lit them all up! You can CHECK OUT THEIR CANYON LIGHTS PAGE – their professional photography is much better than mine!
Using the Stamparatus for this large image stamp is great for getting the perfect image.
CARD FRONT DETAILS
Start with a panel of Whisper White cardstock, placed in your Stamparatus. Place the Snow Trails stamp down onto your cardstock, so you get it placed properly. After picking up the stamp with the stamp platform, first ink up the fir trees in the background with Pine Needles Distress ink. Stamp onto the cardstock, re inking if necessary to get a good image. Next, ink up the rest of the stamp with Versafine Claire ink in Nocturne. I like this ink as it picks up all the fine details in the image. If you don’t have those two inks, you can use Stampin’ Up! Tranquil Tide for the fir trees, and the Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
After stamping, use the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker to colour in the other trees. Next, add some shadows to the snow trails by picking up Highland Heather ink from the lid of the ink pad with a Blender Pen and add shading along the trail, the fence and tree lines.
Once you’ve finished adding the shading, go back and re ink the entire stamp with Versamark ink, and stamp over the image. Cover it with Clear Embossing Powder, and set with the Heat Tool. This will seal your stamped image, and protect it from colour being added, when you sponge your background.
Create the background by first creating a mask for the sun (is it setting? rising? you decide!). Use the 1″ Circle Punch to create the mask from Post-it labeling Tape, or a Post it Note. Then use the negative to mask off the area around where you want the sun to be.The So Saffron ink pad and a Sponge Dauber are used to ink in the sun. Next, cover the sponged sun with the 1″ circle, to begin creating your sky.
Create the sky using the Stampin’ Up! ink pads in Pumpkin Pie, Highland Heather and Night of Navy. Between the Highland Heather and Night of Navy, use the Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, or the SU! Balmy Blue ink pad. To add the ink, use either Sponges or Sponge Daubers.
Here’s a close up picture of the sky, with the sponged colours.
When your sky background is finished, add in some small snowflakes with the White Gel Pen. Finally, add the sentiment along the bottom from the Penny Black Peaceful Season stamp set, in Versafine Claire Nocturne ink.
LAYER IT TOGETHER
Create a card base of Balmy Blue cardstock, then add a panel of Highland Heather cardstock. Add your finished panel to the front, with Stampin’ Dimensionals. As always, add a panel of white cardstock inside your card, for stamping a sentiment and writing a message.
HAVE FUN CREATING!
Look at that – a card with no extra embellishments or die cuts, and yet it has lots of depth and dimension, thanks to the stamping and sponging. You could make it just a 2 layer card, if you didn’t want to add the extra Highland Heather cardstock panel. Perfect for mailing!
To order the Stampin’ Up! supplies I used, you can click on the product names in the post, that are highlighted in blue. You’ll be taken directly to my online store for ordering. For the non-SU! products I used, you can order them from the stores where I purchased them. I now am an affiliate with Scrapbook.com, Scrap ‘n Stamp Canada, Amazon.ca, Hero Arts, Tombow and Sizzix. The affiliate links are below where possible; if you purchase by clicking through on those links, I receive a small portion of the sale, at no extra cost to you.
Thank you for spending time with me today! I hope you’re inspired to create your own holiday cards.