For this month's challenge the theme is backgrounds and since I am a stamp lover, I had to make use of stamps to create a fun background for my snowman card. I stamped and embossed the snowflakes and star stamps from the Snowman & Gifts Clear Stamps on to White Soft Finish Cardstock and then used Distress Inks to create a multi-colored background to highlight the stamped images. There is a bit of Copic coloring as well. The result is a colorful Valentine/love card.
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2. Smoosh Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, Picked Raspberry and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink pads in a random order on to a craft sheet. Spritz the ink with water and place the embossed white cardstock piece from Step 1 (pattern side down) on to the ink and pull up to see the transfer of color and how the embossing resists the ink. Continue to smoosh ink, spritz with water and place the embossed cardstock on to it until you create a multi-colored base you like. To deepen the color, lightly tap the ink pads directly on to the embossed panel in random areas. Spritz the paper with water and blot with a paper towel to soften any ink pad edges that may show from the direct-to-paper technique and blend the colors a bit. Continue until you are happy with the background. Once dry, buff the embossed images with a paper towel to remove excess ink and brighten the white of the embossed images.
3. Stamp the “I Melt For You” sentiment from the Holiday Clear Stamps on to a piece of 85 lb. White Soft Finish Cardstock using a purple ink that coordinates with the background created in Step 2 (I used Ranger Grape Soda Dye Ink). Trim the piece down to 1 1/8” x 3 1/2” and then die cut with the smallest of the Stitched Rectangle dies to put stitches into the vertical ends of the greeting piece (shown after die cutting in Step 5 photo).
4. Stamp the snowman with birds on his hat from the Snowman & Gifts Clear Stamps on to some alcohol marker-friendly white cardstock. Use a waterproof black pen to change the lights on the snowman’s hat into hearts by drawing an extra loop on to the ornaments. Color the image with alcohol markers of your choice, coordinating the colors with the background created in Step 2. Die cut out using the matching dies. If desired, add sparkle to the snowman’s body with a clear sparkle/glitter marker.
5. Create a card base by cutting a piece of 100 lb. White Soft Finish Cardstock to 5” x 10” and folding in half. Die cut the third largest die in the Stitched Hearts dies out of Lavender Soft Finish Cardstock. Trim the embossed background piece to 5” x 5”. Adhere the background panel to the front of the card base using 10 mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape. Adhere the stitched heart in the upper left area of the embossed panel using 6 mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape. Add 3 mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the back of the snowman and adhere in the center of the heart. Finally, add 6 mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the back of the sentiment and adhere in the lower right area of the card front, overlapping the heart a bit. Enjoy!
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