Winter greetings, crafters! I’m back today with another post featuring the brand-new Stacey Yakula collection by Purple Onion Designs. The new collection features many fantastic stamps, some of which will help you build a scene and then they are of course the beloved character stamps.
My cards today features, Snow, the super cute snowman. To build my scene, I used stamps which were released in the previous years: the lantern and the small forest trees. Since I wasn’t entirely sure how I would make this card, I didn’t record a video. But here is how I created it: first, I stamped Snow, my main character. Then I stamped him again on to masking paper and had my Scan ’n Cut machine fussy cut him out for me. Once he was masked off I repeatedly stamped the forest line. It’s actually the same stamp three times; as you have seen in previous videos, I am using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig by Inkadinkado to make sure I place my rubber stamps perfectly.
Lastly, I stamped the lantern and then used a fine line pen to draw in the snowdrifts. There is no artistry required for that, simply do whatever feels best for you.
I first colored Snow, because he was the easiest: I left his body completely white and only colored his hat, scarf, his nose, and his arms. The only thing I had to be very careful about was to leave enough space for the highlights. Since the lantern is glowing on to him from the left his hat needed to be much lighter there. In order to create enough contrast, I grabbed a dark gray pencil and added some of that color to the shadow areas. This way you can achieve the rounded effect and the illusion that the light is hitting the hat on the left.
I decided to leave the snowdrifts mostly white and only added a tiny bit of a light blue pencil and blended that out using a blending solution. But of course you’re probably wondering how I did the sky.
The sky was created in multiple steps. First, I grabbed most of my purple pencils and started to lay down the color lightly across the entire sky. I made sure to add the darkest purple to the very top and to the very bottom. Then I used my other purple colors and build up a gradient towards the center of the sky. I made sure to leave the space where the lantern with glow completely empty because I wanted to fill that in with yellow.
As you have seen me do before, and I have explained it numerous times when talking about working with coloring pencils, the trick is always to work in layers. Which is why my first layer of color was only very light, giving me a basic idea of where I wanted each color to go. I continued to build this up by going over those colors two more times and intensifying them. It looked quite atrocious at that time, because a lot of the white card stock was still peeking through and the colors were not blended into each other. At that point, you have two choices: you can either burnish the color with your pencils, which requires you to go over it numerous times and blend the pencils into each other by applying more pressure; or you can use a paper stump with a blending solution or baby oil to create the blended effect. I choose the second option because I like to do that for my backgrounds.
After I was done blending the colors in the sky, I set that aside to dry for a few minutes because I had used quite a bit of blending solution. Once that was done, I grabbed a stencil from Simon Says Stamp and added the stars with embossing paste. While the embossing paste was still wet, I added some warm white glitter by Elizabeth Craft Designs. It sticks to the embossing paste and gives the stars a nice sparkle when you tilt the card in the light.
This card is a little taller than your standard to A2 card. I could have trimmed it down, but I felt that the sky was glowing so nicely that I didn’t want to take anything of it away. By having the sky over two thirds of the card it also balances out the entire scene nicely.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you got inspired and check out the new Snowflake Grove collection over at Purple Onion Designs.