Hello! Welcome to Kylie’s Demonstrator Training Blog Hop! We’re a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world sharing what we love with you. We are all in Kylie Bertucci’s training group and having a wonderful time growing our Stampin’ Up! businesses. I’m Sarah Fleming from the United States.
I decided to make a winter-themed thank you card with Winter Woods and the Spirited Snowmen. I also wanted to revisit using Brusho to make a winter night sky. I was kind of CASEing this card from last year. I think I made my background before stamping and embossing last year, but with Brusho I definitely recommend embossing first and then adding the Brusho (otherwise your Versamark ink pad ends up with little Brusho crystals in it, speaking from experience), which is what I did on this card.
I started with a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of watercolor paper. I first stamped the stand of trees (from Winter Woods) on the right in Versamark. I really recommend using the Stamparatus when embossing on watercolor paper so you can stamp multiple times — it can be difficult to get a good impression the first time when you’re stamping on an uneven surface like watercolor paper. I went ahead and heat embossed these trees in White before I stamped the big tree on the left, so I could be sure I wasn’t overlapping the stamps — I can’t see Versamark on watercolor paper very easily. Then I repeated the embossing process with the big tree.
I got the watercolor paper pretty wet, then started sprinkling on Prussian Blue Brusho. I played with the color a lot, adding water here and there and sopping up water with a dry baby wipe when it got too wet. I did this a few times, adding extra color around the paper just to give it a non-uniform color. I did the ground very lightly so it looks much lighter than the sky. I set that aside to dry and worked on the snowman.
I stamped this cutie pie in StazOn Jet Black ink on watercolor paper, then watercolored him with Brusho. I love to watercolor with Brusho, because you can get vibrant, concentrated color. NOTE: I used very little water and heat set the color between colors and sections to minimize bleeding. For the blue on the snowballs that make up the snowman, I just turned my Prussian Blue Brusho pot slightly to the side into a dish in the paint tray without shaking it. I wanted very few crystals to fall out, just enough for a very light blue. I diluted it heavily with water, dipped my brush in, got most of the water off, and shaded him just a little. For the scarf, I used the Brilliant Red, and I put several shakes of Brusho into the red dish and added some water. I again used very little water to color the scarf, but I still managed to get some bleeding on it. :-\
I did his skates in Brilliant Red. I used Gamboge, quite a few shakes, to color the snowman’s carrot nose. For his hat, I added more Prussian Blue to the blue water since I wanted more concentrated color, and I also used the red. I mixed very little Prussian Blue with quite a few shakes of Yellow to color his buttons. I did his stick arms with the Bronze Stampin’ Blends marker and his skate blades with Dark Smoky Slate Blends. After he was all colored and dry, I put Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the non-shaded parts of the snowman’s body. I also added three big globs of glue on his hat pom-poms and added glitter to the pom-poms. I wanted the pom-poms to be puffy, hence all the glue. I gave it some drying time and heat set the glitter so I could add him to the card with Mini Dimensionals.
I put the watercolored piece on a 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ Whisper White mat, then added that to a Balmy Blue card base (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″).
This is a time consuming card, but really fun to make if you want to sit around and play with messy things.
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