Well yesterday was a long day but we managed to get the new double doors installed in my studio. I must say it’s quite weird walking in and seeing so much glass. That said, I know I will enjoy the uninterrupted view, watching the changing of the seasons is magical. Right now I’m being treated to the gradual change from greens to warm autumn colours. That will all too quickly be replaced by crisp winter white. I’ve often said that winter and Christmas can be particularly hard for some people. So that’s why I always include some ‘thinking of you’ cards in my Christmas crafting plans.
It’s been a long time since I’ve used the Winter Woods Stamp Set so that’s where my project began.
Using Shaded Spruce ink I first stamped the large tree image onto Thick Whisper White Card. Then I cut it out using the coordinating die from the In The Woods Dies, and set the tree aside.
Next I stamped the tree on the front of a Whisper White Medium Envelope. In fact I stamped it twice, coming in from the left and right sides. Finally I did the same thing on a layer of Whisper White Card.
Next I cut and scored a piece of Thick Whisper White Card for my card base. I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Finally I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix the stamped Whisper White layer on the inside.
Now all I had to do was create the winter scene for the front of the card.
For my background layer I decided to start with a soft, sponged background. For this I chose Whisper White Card and Pool Party ink. I started by sponging a light layer of ink over the whole surface and gradually built up the colour around the edges.
With the background done it was time to add the ‘Thinking of you this season” sentiment from the Winter Woods Stamp Set. This I did using Shaded Spruce ink.
For the snow banks I used Thick Whisper White Card die cut using the curved die from the In The Woods set. In the end I cut three pieces with the curve angled differently in each one. Then I painted the tops of the snow banks and some of the ‘snow’ with a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.
Next, using liquid glue I fixed the snow layers on the background. Then after adding the first two layers I glued the tree in place. Finally I glued the last snow bank layer on top.
To finish my card all I had to do was fix the assembled layers to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
There’s something very calming about this card design. I’m not sure whether it’s the soft sponged background or the single unadorned tree. Whatever it is, I think it really suits the sentiment. What do you think?
For more projects using the Winter Woods Stamp Set see these earlier blog posts:
- WWYS187 – Winter Woods design team project
- Seasonal thoughts and Winter Woods
- Winter Woods and simple sponging