Good Saturday morning. I have a fairly masculine winter scene to share with you today using the Memory Box Forest Clearing Oval Frame, Standing Deer Oval Frame, Hero Arts Color Layering Snowy Tree and Martha Stewart Branch Punch. Before I start my project description I to make a little fun of myself. Albert Einstein said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Over the years I have made all kinds of snowy scene cards using several types of products to create the appearance of snow: White watercolor paint, gesso, versa and white embossing powder, liquid applique, and one of my new favorites white embossing paste. One technique that doesn’t work well is applying white paint, embossing paste or gesso to cardstock that has been colored with distress ink. Why? Because the distress ink seeps up through the white product and ruins your white snow. I know this because I keep doing it over and over and knowing it is a bad decision. LOL! Albert would say I am insane. When I was finished with this project I decided it would be so much prettier if I added snow to the tree limbs of the that I had colored with brown ink. I got out my gesso and painted the limbs. The result was that I had to paint several layers to cover the “brown” snow. LOL! Thus my snow looks way to heavy.
I started by cutting the blue layer using a Spellbinders Oval die and stamping the trees on the blue background using peeled paint ink. I didn’t want the trees covered with snow because I wanted the die cut images to pop against the bright color. I cut a white oval piece of cardstock using the oval die and hand cut the white snow layer. I attached it to the blue layer with ATG adhesive. I colored the tree and deer layer using vintage photo ink and a mini applicator. You can see my tutorial on coloring die cut animals here.
I wanted to use a plain green card base but wanted to add a little pizzazz to it so I crimped a strip of cardstock and attached it with ATG adhesive. I attached all three layers together with thin strips of mounting tape and attached them to the card base with ATG adhesive. I punched a few sprigs of foliage, attached them to the scene with glossy accents and painted them with white gesso. I always think little springs in a scene adds interest and a more natural look.
Today is the last day for the 10% off sale at Ellen Hutson on all We R Memory Keepers products.
Thanks for coming by and I hope you enjoy your Saturday.
Card size: 5.50” x 4.25”