On Tuesday, I said that I was going to try a new technique using the Woodland Textured Impression Embossing Folder (TIEF.) Well, I tried … but unfortunately it didn’t work out. In fact, it was such a disaster that I’m embarrassed to show it!!! I was trying a technique that I saw on the Stampin’ Up! Home Page (see screen print below) where you emboss resist the trees so you can watercolor the background. I thought it was such a cool idea. The concept is to use a Versamark Pen or watercolor Versamark Re-inker over the trees so you can emboss them in clear, and then the trees stay white while you watercolor the sky behind.
My old Versamark Pen was fairly dried up, so it didn’t work very well, and when I tried to watercolor with Versamark Re-inker, it was a globby mess!!! I still think this idea is really cool and would like to try again. If any of you do it successfully, I’d love to see!
Since my initial idea was a flop, I decided to use a simple light watercolor wash background on my card. I cut my circle first out of Crumb Cake card stock using a Circles Framelits Die and then embossed it with the Woodland TIEF. Then, I used an Aqua Painter to paint the wash with Pool Party ink. I love this combination of colors and the soft subtle look.
This is another nephew Christmas card, this time for Marc who’s 22 and a Senior at San Diego State. He’s very athletic and loves snowboarding. I didn’t have a snowboard stamp, so I thought this sled from the Winter Wishes stamp set was the next best thing.
I stamped the sled with Early Espresso ink and then used a Blender Pen to color it with Soft Suede and Smoky Slate ink. I was able to get varying shades of brown on the sled by dipping the Blender Pen in the ink and then either using it directly (for a darker hue) or drawing on scratch paper a bit until the color lightened.
Since I wanted to keep this card masculine, I used lots of browns and just a little bit of blue. Also, I flipped the Winter Wonderland Vellum Paper onto the silver side because it almost looked white against the dark background.
The wooden Snowflake Elements also adds to the masculine feel of the card.
Finally, I added a little bit of twine from at old Paper Pumpkin kit on top of the wooden snowflake. That’s one of my favorite things about Paper Pumpkin, all the exclusive embellishments provided in the kits. I have a little stash of leftovers that I horde for just such an occasion.
Supplies used on my card:
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I love trying out new techniques. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t the first time. But, I say it’s good to dive in and try. I’ve discovered some of my favorite ideas from mistakes!