I wish we had a ‘winter wonderland’ here, but on the west coast (which I refer to as the ‘wet’ coast), we get more rain days than snow days! Our snowy weather doesn’t usually start until January or even February. Except in the mountains – people do love to come here to ski & snowboard in the winter! Today’s card pictures the scene I love in the mountains – trees and snow!
This retired stamp set is called Wonderland; I just love the tall trees it features, so I’ve hung onto it for the past couple of years since it retired. I’ve been having fun using my new Life Changing Blender Brushes, so I hope you’re not getting tired of theses blended backgrounds yet!
CARD FRONT DETAILS
For the card base, I used my very last (!) Silver Foil-Edge card. I’m going to have to buy more – these just add such an extra ‘wow’ to your card, without any extra work!
Cut a Whisper White panel, and stamp the trees from the Wonderland stamp set in Shaded Spruce ink, full strength, in the middle, about a third of the way from the bottom. Without re-inking the stamp, stamp the trees again, to the right and slightly higher behind the full-strength trees. Ink the stamp up again, but first stamp off onto a scrap piece of paper, and then stamp to the left of the full-strength trees. I repeated this step twice more, to give the illusion of more trees in the background.
The next step is to create your background. Use your favourite blending tools – Sponge Dauber, Sponge, or Blending Tool. I used my Picket Fence Studio Life Changing Blender Brushes. (okay – I know I keep going on about these, but seriously – they’re the best!!) Start with your lightest blue, then move onto your medium then darkest blues. I used Distress ink in Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers, and then Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy for the very edges. It’s fun watching the snowflakes appear as you brush over them with the ink!
For the foreground, in front of the trees, I cut a few small ‘hills’ from a strip of Post-it Labeling & Cover-up Tape, to create some masks. Once those are in place, light go over the edges of the tape with your blending tool with the lightest blue, to create some shadows. Then, lightly blend around the edge of the panel, so it’s not all stark white.
If you’d like to learn more about the Life Changing Blender Brushes, this video is great!
FINISH IT OFF
On a strip of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the sentiment from the Wonderland set in Versamark ink, and then cover it with Silver Embossing Powder. Set it with the Heat Tool, and then use the Banner Triple Punch on both ends. Cut a strip of Silver Foil paper slightly longer, and punch the ends as well. Layer the two together with Stampin’ Dimensionals or foam dots, and the attach to the panel, just below the trees.
Finally, attach your stamped and blended panel to the card base, with more Dimensionals or foam tape.
Add a panel of white cardstock to the inside, attaching it with Tombow Multi Glue. Stamp some of the snowflake images agin, this time in the Tumbled Glass Distress ink, and add your stamped sentiment. I used a sentiment from the Penny Black Peaceful Season stamp set – is has lots of great holiday sentiments to choose from.
WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND
I hope you’ve enjoyed exploring my winter wonderland with me today! The steps to create it may seem long when they’re written out, but it does come together quite quickly. If you’d like to purchase the Stampin’ Up! supplies I used (except for the retired stamp set), please click on the blue highlighted product names.
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Thank you for spending some time with me today! I hope you’re inspired to create your own Winter Wonderland 🙂 Thank you in advance for any orders you may place; they help keep me creating and sharing with you!