Hello Crafty friends!
One of the absolute best things about making cards is color blending. I’ve been DYING to try out distress oxides since they were released earlier this year, but haven’t gotten around to buying them. Well… as my luck would have it, my significant other just so happened to shove some in my stocking! (Yes, we open gifts earlier than on Christmas… we are terribly impatient and I’m so glad!).
So, armed with my new arsenal of fun toys (did I mention I also got a new Fiskars cutter and an amazing craft mat? Spoiled rotten!), I set to work making this cute and fun winter card. Distress oxides blend so smoothly, I can’t wait to use them again!
This stamp set from Lawn Fawn is probably one of my favorite winter sets. Who can resist that alpaca and the cheeky sentiment? So cute!
Anyways, to make this card, I cut a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock (80lbs) for a card base (5 1/4″ x 4 1/2″) and a front panel that was slightly smaller, though I trimmed it at the end anyways.
Using the ink blending tools and distress oxides in Iced Spruce, Seedless Preserves, and Broken China, I made a quick background by layering and blending all three colors. Iced Spruce looked a little weird on it’s own, but when blended with the Broken China it was awesome!
Once I was happy with how “wintery” it looked, I took some water, and sprayed it across the panel, letting it sit for a few seconds, and then pressing it off with a cloth. It lifted the color and lightened a bit of it to make a snowy effect.
To enhance the snow look, I took some Distress Paint in Dusty Concord, Picket Fence and Evergreen Bough, mixed it with water on an acrylic block, and flicked it across the card with a paintbrush, and heat set everything to dry.
To give it a bit more pizazz, I added a few stamped snowflakes with Color Theory’s Glass Slipper pigment ink (and a random snowflake stamp set I’m not sure of the brand), and a few smaller snowflakes from the Winter Alpaca set from Lawn Fawn in Colorbox Frost White Pigment ink. I heat set the card panel again, and started on the alpaca and snow drift.
I used the Dotted Boarders die from Avery Elle to make a drift out of white cardstock cut to the same size as my card panel. I then used my Wink of Stella glitter pen to make the snow super sparkly, heat set it, and adhered it to my panel.
I then added the sentiment in Broken China distress ink from the Winter Alpaca set, and stamped the alpaca on a piece of white cardstock. I must confess, I actually cheated and used an image I had stamped and colored last year for a card and didn’t end up using. Ahee. BUT I did use a black, alcohol-marker friendly ink (I believe Momento Luxe Tuxedo Black), and colored with Spectrum Noir markers. I fussy cut him out, secured the little guy with some foam squares, and colored the outline again with a Sharpie pen to deepen the black.
Finally, I finished the card by attaching the panel to the card base after trimming the edges a bit, and attached a snowflake embellishment and a few clear sequins secured with Glossy Accents.
There you have it- a cute wintery card that would brighten anyone’s day!
Please like, follow, comment and/or subscribe if you like what you see! Thanks crafty friends!