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!
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.
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.
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.
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!