For this month's challenge the theme is Christmas. For my card, I combined the Winter Bears Clear Stamps with the Holiday Tree & Ornaments Clear Stamps to create a peaceful night scene. I normally don't rely (almost) entirely on coloring to create a card, but in this instance, I felt that less is more. I hope you like it as much as I do!
For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs is giving away a $20 Gift Card to three
Here’s how I made the card:
1. Stamp the rustic tree, circular tree topper and 6 star from the Holiday Trees & Ornaments Clear Stamps as well as the bear looking up, the bear with the scarf, and 3 groups of the smaller trees found on the stamp with the scarf bear (wipe the ink off the rest of the stamp before stamping) using permanent black ink on to alcohol marker-friendly cardstock. Color with the alcohol markers of your choice; I used Spectrum Noir markers. Die cut out using the matching dies (not pictured).
2. DIe cut a mask of the Rustic Tree stamp out of an all-over Post-It Note. Adhere it down into the center of the roughly the lower two-thirds of an A2 sized (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") piece of Distress Ink blending-friendly white cardstock. Using Scattered Straw Distress Ink, blend from the tree mask on to the paper to create a glow around the tree. Then, take Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink and blend it on to the paper from a surrounding craft mat. Lightly overlap the edges of the Scattered Straw glow. Now blend Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink into the Blueprint Sketch slightly and fill more of the upper two-thirds of the card. The idea is to blend the ink from lightest at the base of the tree, to darkest at the top of the paper while keeping the light glow right around the tree. Now blend Dusty Concord and Black Soot into the preceding color as you did with the Chipped Sapphire to complete the sky.
3. Using the Adventure Edges die set, die cut the rolling hills die from a piece of 85 lb. White Soft Finish Cardstock. The 2 rolling hills will go behind the tree and the piece left over from the die cut will be flipped over and used lower and in front of the tree and rolling hills. Adhere the rolling hills down using 10 mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape. Adhere the leftover piece below it using foam tape (not pictured); use the die cut tree as a guide for placement. Add stars to the night sky with a white gel pen. Use less pressure when stippling with the gel pen to get smaller and lighter dots in the lower part of the sky. Use more pressure to create brighter, larger stars at the top of the night sky.
5. Using gray alcohol markers, add shadows on to the hills to create the effect of the light from the Christmas tree falling on the snowbanks. Also add darker shadows to the edges of the tree and cast from the bears and trees on to the snowbanks. Water down some Scattered Straw Distress Ink on a craft mat and use a brush to add a yellow tint to the "glow" area on the snow banks and the edges of the trees and bears. Add glitter to the stars and topper on the tree; I used Nuvo Golden Sunset Glitter Drops.
7. Cut a piece of 100 lb. White Soft Finish Cardstock to 4 1/4" x 11" and fold in half to create a top folding card base. To complete the card, use a clear glitter marker to add sparkle to the front snow bank, the snow on the Christmas tree and the snow on the smaller trees. Using 10 mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape, adhere the scene to the front of the card base. Enjoy!
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