I’m not sure if this card project is more of a Christmas card or a winter card in general.My nephew lives in the Northwest US and is already getting a good amount of snow. I imagine this card to look like what is outside of his window most evenings.
I used a Smoky Slate card base measuring 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ after scored and folded. To decorate the card front, I used a piece of black card stock and watercolor paper. On the watercolor paper, I colored this winter scene with the watercolor smooching technique. This technique gives a good deal of depth to the look of the card. I used a sentiment from Christmas Pines stamp set, to match the free and loose mood to the project.
I stamped with Lovely as a Tree in black ink and quickly coated the image with clear embossing powder. Once heat set, the embossing will not allow any fluid to run under the image. This method protects the image from running onto the paper and smearing during the watercolor process. Both trees were stamped in this fashion.
The watercolor smooching technique is very fin and easy to accomplish. Start with a piece of watercolor paper and a sheet of acetate or window sheet card stock. For this project, I used the plastic film that came on the front of an electronic device. Smear some ink from an ink pad and spritz it with water and then simply dip your paper onto the plastic film. The ink solution comes onto the paper in a most organic and un-organized way. For creating layers of color and depth, repeat this process with multiple colors and allow the ink to dry between applications.
For the look of falling snow, I placed some white ink onto an acrylic block that is watered down just a bit. I then took my paint brush and flicked the ink off of the block and onto the paper. For a more detailed description, check out the video for this project.
I made a video tutorial for this card project, CLICK HERE TO WATCH or watch below…
Here is a list of supplies I used to make this card project. Links are here that you can click to get product info and purchase items as well. Thank you for your support with your purchase 🙂
Winter can be a season of joy. It can also be a very tough and depressing season for some folks. Please do look in on one another and make sure your friends and loved ones are coping well in the holidays. We help one another in so many ways and a special handmade card can make a little difference 🙂
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Are you interested in purchasing one of the finished cards I have featured on a blog post? Visit my Etsy shop at www.jennystampsup.etsy.com for a small selection. If the card you are looking for is not there, drop me a note and I will place it in the shop for you. -Jenny xoxo