Oh, joy! In between all my must-do assignments and a five day crafting break (thanks, Migraine) I finally found time to craft “just because” and I picked the Winnie & Walter Playdate #4 challenge. The colors and the inspiration photo both are gorgeous – yet there was a tiny “problem”: I only have two word sets from W&W (both non-holiday) and one decorative set. Yet of course I didn’t let that discourage me and here’s what I came up with.
Sorry for not having a video for these cards – I simply started crafting and completely forgot to turn on the camera.
This first card resulted in me doing the famous Julie Ebersole monkey-clapping because it turned out exactly how I wanted it to. Now how often does that happen? I stamped the trees both in 1st and 2nd generation, getting the lighter look and creating the illusion of depth. I had the bottom part masked off to get a crisp “snowy” hill.
Before I took off the bottom mask, I sponged some Antique Linen very lightly from the bottom upwards to create a foggy and dreamy effect and smooth out the crisp lines.
I then used the other part of the mask and masked off parts of the upper portion where the trees are, just leaving the snowy hill to work with (when you die cut the masking paper to get the wavy hill, you have a “hill” and a “sky” part, I’m now using the “sky” part). I sponged Tumbled glass, again very lightly, to give it some color and dimension. (I find this light sponging very difficult … I always need to add more color and it takes a conscious effort to put the distress tool aside.)
Now for the tree trick. I used Liquid Frisket to mask off parts of the foreground trees so the sentiment would peek through the trees. If I would have used my brains (I really should do that more often) I would not have covered every foreground tree so the sentiment would have weaved through the trees. Oh well, next time. But when you stamp, the masking will protect what’s underneath and when you gently pull off the Frisket later, you get this effect. Then I added some silver snow from the Confetti stamp set and also stamped a few stars on the backside of the deer (from the same stamp set). Done.
For my second card I wanted it to be christmassy, but I didn’t have any christmas themed stamps from W&W. So I opted to think a bit outside the box and go with the “happy holidays” from The Big, The Bold, and the Happy. And I used the Confetti stamps to add some stars and sparkle in the challenge colors all around.
I’ve used this currently very popular raised inlay die cutting technique with the Wplus9 deer dies. I simply cut them about six times and layered them on top of each other to create this dimensional effect. To intensify the effect, I colored the sides of these stacked die cuts with a Copic marker so they would contrast a bit more against the white card.
In case you’re wondering – I added some Judikins Clear Iridescent embossing powder. It adds a fantastic shimmer.
Thanks so much for stopping by – I hope you enjoyed the cards. Let me know which one you like best! I’m sending these cards off to the Winnie and Walter Playdate challenge and also to the Addicted To Stamps and More Holiday challenge; the first card (trees) goes off to Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes as well and the second card (happy) goes off to Time Out #19 Embossing with optional sparkle.