Our new Merry Monday challenge this week is very apt, given how the weather has been here in Helsinki recently. Nina is asking for snow on our Christmas cards. I decided to try out a technique I’ve not used before to create the background for my little snowy area. It was fun to do something a bit different!
I started by creating the background. When I looked up about this technique there were two different methods, so I decided to give them each a try. Both use a panel of watercolour paper and some clingfilm (cling wrap). For my first attempt I painted directly onto the clingfilm. I then sprayed it liberally with water and pressed my watercolour panel into it. Turning it over I scrunched the clingfilm a bit and left it to dry. The second attempt involved painting directly onto the paper, again spraying liberally with water, then adding the clingfilm. I initially left them to dry with the plastic on (some tutorials said to do so), but after several hours they weren’t any drier, so I removed the plastic instead. Both panels use Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, with two shades of blue, an aqua, and the shimmery silver colour.
Once both panels were completely dry I decided to use the second panel for my card. The colours on the first panel had merged more and had a more even look than I was after for this particular card. I cut down another panel of the watercolour paper to create a panel for the front of my card, die cut a circle from it, then cut down my painted panel to fit behind the circle.
Next I treated the panel with my anti-static powder tool and stamped randomly over it with some snowflake stamps. I heat embossed them with clear embossing powder to give a subtle look of snow. I then used the powder again, stamped some more snowflakes, and this time heat embossed in white. Having both the white and clear snow gives more depth to the snowflakes.
I used double-sided tape to adhere the painted and heat embossed panel behind the window in my white panel. I then used my We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper to round two of the corners of the panel. I added foam tape behind the white panel and adhered it to my card base. (And of course I managed to get it stuck down wonkily!)
Then I took an off-cut snippet of the watercolour paper for my sentiment strip. I stamped a sentiment from Pink and Main’s Snow Globe stamp set onto it using MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I trimmed it down and attached it overlapping the window with some more foam tape.
As I said at the beginning, I had fun playing with the technique for this card. It’s great to try new things from time to time! I have plenty of the painted panels left and I expect I will be using it up on more cards soon. I generally don’t like having two different shades of white on my cards and usually try to use the same type of card for both the card base and any panels. However in this case I think the juxtaposition of the creamier watercolour panel against the white card base adds to the snowiness of the card. What do you think?
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AAA Cards – Chilled
CAS Mix Up Challenge – Cling Wrap, Stamping and Your Choice (I used die cutting and heat embossing as my choice.)
Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ – Anything Christmas Goes
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas and Optional: Use a Sentiment
HLS Anything Goes With Dies Challenge – Use Dies
HLS Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes and Optional: CAS
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
Merry Monday – Snow
MFT Sketch Challenge – Sketch/Layout
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Add A Sentiment
Stamping Sensations – Cold and Frosty Colours
Winter Wonderland – Dry or Heat Embossing
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)