Good Saturday morning. I have one more project using the Hero Arts Color Layering Snowy Tree and Color Layering Snowy Tree Frame Cuts to share with you with today and I promise I’ll focus on something different this next week. This time I combined stamping with heat embossing and watercolor to for my snowy forest scene and created dimension by adding layers and a Bendi Frame. I wanted the deer in my scene to be a little larger than the one with the set so I used the fawn from the Impression Obsession Deer Trio die set. The frame was made using the Nesting Card Templates. You can check out my Bendi Frame step by step and video tutorial on Splitcoaststampers if you would like to see how I made my bowed frame.
I began with hot pressed watercolor paper to use for my scene. I applied Crushed Curry distress Ink to the solid tree stamp, lightly misted with water (from a distance of about 1 1/2 feet) and stamped trees all the way across the page. I used my heat gun to dry the ink the ink on the trees and rubbed the embossing magic bag on the paper to eliminate static cling. Next I used versa to stamp the snowy tree image and the falling snow image and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I repeated the steps and stamped the trees three times on a separate piece of watercolor paper and then cut them out using the coordinating tree die.
Next I used a large round brush to apply a light water wash around the sky area and down in between the trees to prepare the paper for the blue sky wash. I put a good amount of Tumbled Glass Distress Reinker in the lid of my ink pad, add a small amount of water in the lid and mixed with my brush. I began applying the ink wash in the sky area and down in between the trees. I purposefully brushed the blue ink wash close to the tree edges to make the green ink run a little. I loved that it created the appearance of light around the trees. Once I was finished with the sky I went back and brushed a strong mixture of green reinker over the trees to add back some of the color that washed out. I think the Crushed Curry and Tumbled Glass inks created a whimsical non-traditional color combination for the scene. I painted the deer with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress reinkers and then added a light mixture of Squeezed Lemonade reinker and water to create the appearance of light shining on it’s back through the trees. I’m not sure I really accomplished that but I tried. LOL!
I cut the card base to be 5 3/8” by 4 1/4”. There needs to be a 1/8” difference in the card base and the 5 1/5” x 4.25” frame to create the bowed frame. I attached the tree scene layer to the card base with ATG adhesive. I cut two snow ground layers using my deckle scissors, applied versa over both pieces and embossed with white embossing powder. I attached one of the layers to the scene base with a double layer of mounting tape. The second piece was attached to the back of the frame with ATG adhesive. I applied thin strips of mounting tape on both sides of the frame, removed the backing of the tape on one side and attached the frame to the card base. Next I removed the tape backing from the right side of the frame, lightly bowed the frame out and carefully attached it to the right of the card base. I cut an inch or so off the bottom of the three die cut trees so they would be shorter and not cover up the trees in the background. I applied double layers of mounting tape to the back of two of the trees and tucked them in behind the snow layer and attached to the scene base. I applied a triple layer of mounting tape to the front of the third tree and attached it to the back of the front snow layer on the bowed frame. I cut a tiny bit off the rear of the fawn to it could be tucked in behind the tree on the right and attached it with it with a single layer of mounting tape. I cut and painted a little star using Squeezed Lemonade reinker and applied yellow Wink of Stella for a bit of sparkle and attached it in the sky area with a double layer of glue dots to complete the scene.
Here is a close up side view of the card to show the dimensional layers. Sorry the colors look strange in this picture but it was a little hard to get good light at this angle.
Well I hope you haven’t gotten sick to death of all my snowy tree holiday cards but I sure have had fun using the coordinating sets. Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.