Winter Ski Watercolor

By | November 14, 2015

I went a little crazy designing my card today.  It uses two different stamp sets (Winter Wishes and Wonderland), as well as a background stamp (Watercolor Wash).  It was one of those cards where I just kept grabbing different things.  But, sometimes that’s the way things work out.

When I first saw the Winter Wishes stamp set, I visualized this card.  Those skis just called out to me.  I totally ADORE them.  They bring back good memories of skiing when I was a little kid.  And yes, I did have wooden skis with bindings very similar to those when I was a little kid!  (Not for long, but I do remember them.)  My parents definitely skied on those old wooden type skis.  In fact, when they build their house in Mammoth, my husband and I found an old antique set of wooden skis just like those and bought them as a gift to decorate their house.  Those skis are still hanging in the great room!

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My vision was to make a simple scene similar to one I’ve experienced many times, where we break for lunch, take off our skis, and rest them against a tree.

I used the Watercolor Wash stamp set to create a pretty watercolored sky with three colors of blue.  I started by inking the whole stamp with Pool Party, then I used Marina Mist and Pacific Point Stampin’ Write Markers to add color directly to the stamp.  Then, before stamping the background on watercolor paper, I spritzed the stamp with clear water.  This mixes all the color and provides a nice blended look.

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Next, I stamped the Wonderland trees.  I used a mask to keep the snow on the bottom white.  Then, I stamped the trees with Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive.  Later, I highlighted the snow in the trees with a Signo White Uni-Ball Pen.

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I made my tree with a Woodgrain Textured Impression Embossing Folder and Solf Suede paper.  After embossing the tree, I watercolored it a little with Soft Suede ink to create some highlights.

I also used an Aqua Painter to hand paint the snow, including a tree ring.

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I stamped the skis with Basic Gray Archival ink on Shimmery White paper so I could watercolor them.  Then, I did something a little different with the branches and pine cones, which are a combination of stamps from both the Winter Wishes and Wonderland stamp sets.  I stamped them with Old Olive and Soft Suede, then brushed them with an Aqua Painter to add a little watercoloring.

Finally, I cut out the greeting with a Washi Label Punch.

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Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to check back next week for more Christmas card ideas!

Tami Hewlett

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