This card was one of the more time-consuming ones I have made because I had to wait for the paint to dry between layers. It makes a change for me to do proper watercolour painting – usually when I watercolour I use watercolour pencils. It was certainly a nice change doing it this way!
I started by stamping and heat embossing the snow couple from Art Impressions’ Merriest Christmas Set. I used black embossing powder, which I do not like – not sure why I chose that instead of black ink and clear powder, but never mind!
Once the embossing powder was heat set I started on colouring the images using some watercolour paints. I am by no means an expert at painting (I rarely do it) so I tried to keep it fairly simple. with a limited colour palette. I mostly used colours directly as they came in the palette rather than blending them, though I did, for example, create the purple on the lamp-post. I tried to add in a hint of shadowing here and there. I also added a flow of yellow coming from the candle in the lamp and also added some light yellow highlights to the scarf, snow people and snow anywhere that I felt the light would be cast on them.
The painting was the most time-consuming part as I went back in several times adjusting the colours. After it was finished and completely dried I trimmed the panel down, then used it as a guide to work out the size for my second panel.
The second panel didn’t need much decoration as I knew it would mostly be hidden by my image panel. I stamped it with two branchy stamps from a Panduro Hobby set using a soft brown ink. My last bit of stamping was the sentiment, which comes from the Merriest Christmas set. I stamped it onto a snippet of the watercolour paper I’d used for the other panels, then added a very light wash of the paint I’d used for the snow people’s carrot noses.
As a bit of extra interest I cut some branches from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Spring Greenery decorative strip and created an intertwined line of them to go across the card front. I used my glue pen to adhere them together whilst everything else was adhered using my tape runner. I decided on a red card base to add an extra pop of colour to the card.
I had a lot of fun with this card. I may not be great at painting, but it was fun nonetheless! I do think I will try to do it more often. I’d love to get some Zigs and try with them… I like the added touches of the branches, both the die cut ones and the ones stamped on the back panel. They’re a nice extra element that adds some interest whilst still tying in well with the rest of the card – the snow people have branch limbs, after all!
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