Hello friends and TGIF! My weekend started a bit early last night as we traveled to Rutland, Vermont, for an annual craft retreat. Be sure to follow along on my Instastories as I share some behind-the-scenes photos. I promise nothing salacious or scandalous, we aren't big drinkers and most of us are in bed by midnight!! : )
Today I am sharing the first of my winter/holiday cards! I know, I know, some of you are like, girl hold off on the PSL bullcaca already. . . So, if snowy scenes and white tailed deer in September aren't your jam, sorry!
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I cut a frame around the scene from Crumb Cake Cardstock. *Please continue reading below for more information about my alcohol ink background. I did add "snow" by simply drawing in dots using a white gel pen. Using the Heffy Doodle Stitched Slopey Joe border dies, I die cut the snowbank from white glimmer paper. I die cut the birch trees from the Lawn Fawn Birch Tree Lawn Cuts and white cardstock. The brown tree in the foreground I fussy cut by hand. I stamped each of the images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock and colored them with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink markers. I added highlights to each colored image with a Uniball White Gel pen. I adhered all of the images to the card using 3M foam adhesive for added dimension. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment Blushing Bride ink on a thin strip of white cardstock. I notched the right end and adhered it to the upper left corner of the card.
Because I am not currently creating video content and tutorials on my website, I highly recommend checking out this Easy Alcohol Ink Background Tutorial by Jennifer McGuire. She has created a very simple introduction to working with alcohol inks to create some basic backgrounds. This was the first video I watched after purchasing my alcohol inks and then I just spent time playing around with them! The great thing is there is no right or wrong when it comes to art. You just have fun (and usually make a mess) with it! *My only tip would be that you don't need to spend your money purchasing polysynthetic Yupo Paper at nearly $1.00 per sheet. You can use the reverse side of any high quality photo paper (like this one by Kirkland) and achieve the same results!
These adorable deer are from the Newton's Nook Deer Friend stamp set:
Have a great weekend, friends! I hope it is equal parts relaxing and enjoyable.
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