One of the challenges with including a snowman on a project is how to make him stand out against a light background. One of my goto methods is to use a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. Although it’s ‘clear’ there is a slight greyish tinge that adds just enough colour. To show you what I mean here’s today’s simple Sunday project.
SNOWY CARD BASE
I began my Christmas card with a Misty Moonlight Card Base. After cutting and scoring the card with my Paper Trimmer, I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
The snowflake image comes from the Snowman Season Stamp Set. Using Night of Navy ink I stamped the small image in a wide border over the front of the card base. Then I set it aside while I continued stamping the snowflakes on other parts of the project.
First I stamped them in a 1″ strip along the top of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I edged the stamping with a 1/8″ strip of Balmy Blue Card. With that done I glued the completed layer inside the card base.
Next came a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope and I simply stamped the snowflakes all over the flap.
All I had left to do was create the snowman panel for the front of the card.
For my snowman panel I started by cutting a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla Card. Then I stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment towards the bottom using Balmy Blue ink.
Above the sentiment I stamped the juggling snowman image using Balmy Blue ink as before.
To add a little colour to the image I first used a light Pool Party Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker. I didn’t need much, just a hint of colour at the top of his legs, around his neck and sides. Then I added a little touch on the snowballs in the air and as a shadow on the ground. For his carrot nose I used a light Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker.
With the colouring complete it was time to add shimmer to the the whole snowman using the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. Then I added more Wink of Stella to the snowballs, the piles of snow, and as 1/2″ deep strip on the ground.
All I had left to do was mount the completed panel onto a 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″ piece of Balmy Blue Card using liquid glue. Then after attaching the panel to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals my project was complete.
I really like how the snowman scene now stands out against the rest of the light coloured background. The additional shimmer really makes a difference on what is actually a very simple card design.
For more projects created using the Snowman Season Stamp Set, see these earlier blog posts: