Thursday, 20 December 2012

Winter Flurries

Good morning folks, I want to share a different style of card I made a while ago using Lili of the Valley's clear stamp sets called 'Christmas Icons'. I love the beautiful stamps in this set, and I actually use the snowflakes from it quite often on other projects, especially for backgrounds. There are so many different styles in different sizes that it's perfect for creating your own patterns. 


A little about how I made the card... I cut some snowy drift shapes from sticky notes freehand and used them to mask off areas of snow drifts. I carefully sponged white pigment ink to create the highlights, and the dark paper showing through became the shadows of the snow. Totally opposite from what you would do on white paper. 

Next I stamped a lot of pretty snowflakes in the same white pigment ink (this is the quick drying kind like Fresh Inks from Impress Stamps, A|Muse Studios, Papertrey Ink, etc. etc.). Then stamped and embossed the gorgeous swirly tree.



To create the 'falling snow' effect I took an old toothbrush and spattered white acrylic paint over the entire thing. Takes a bit of practice, but this technique is one of my favorites from my days of decorative painting. You simply apply a dab of white paint onto your palette, wet an old toothbrush with water, shake off the excess, then dab the bristles into your paint until it's slightly watery, but not too wet. Getting the right consistency takes a bit of playing around, so test it on scrap paper before spattering your final project. You just run your finger over the bristles while aiming it at your paper. Depending on how wet or dry your paint is will determine how fine a speckle you get. 

The banner was made from a long strip of double sided pattern paper, notched on the ends with a square punch and scored/folded in two places. The sentiments are from 'set 26- Simply Spohisticated'. 

And there you have it, a beautiful scenic Christmas card! Hope you like it, have a great day!

Supplies: White embossing powder, white pigment ink, sponge dauber, white acrylic paint, old toothbrush, satin ribbon, baker's twine, silver bell charm, 1" square punch, Scor Pal

29 comments:

  1. Gorgeous card the design and colours are gorgeous. I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everybody at Lili's a very happy christmas and all the best for 2013. Caroline xxx

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  2. This is stunning. I love the colours and wonderful design

    Hugs Sue

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  3. Lovely card from Katarina, now I know what to do with leftover strips, using them for a banner like this is fab! Thanks for sharing your beautiful creation. Ruby x

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  4. Such a lovely caard. everything about it ticks the box. Love the way the banner is made. Great idea.

    val in Spain xxx

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  5. Really lovely festive card x

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  6. That's a really beautiful card!

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  7. Wow, how beautiful, very different and gorgeous.

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  8. Soooo beautiful and a really gorgeous color too. So beautiful card.

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  9. Oh WOW, this is so elegant!!!! Hugs, Brigitte

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  10. This is fantastic Katarina! Such a gorgeous winter scene :) I love the tip to use the square punch for the ends of the banner - I never would have thought of that lol!

    Tags xx

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  11. What a gorgeous card! Love how you did the sentiment and the look of falling snow. Beautiful!

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  12. Such a pretty card - love the sentiment banner, Carole Z X

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  13. A really lovely card may give the snow drifts ago. Never thought to use dark card with white/

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  14. Thank you so much for sharing how you have made this! I think I've finally got an idea on what to make for my DH's Xmas card - it's the opposite to brayering a piece of card with ink - wonderful!
    Have a fab Christmas and thank you for all the wonderful inspiration you all supply throughout the year Karen x

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  15. A really beautiful card, and an excellent description of how you made it Katarina, thank you, kate x

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  16. Gorgeous card and lovely christmas tree.

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  17. Gorgeous card and lovely christmas tree.

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  18. Oh my this is absolutely gorgeous. Hugs! Mojca

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  19. a stunning card, love it. gail

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  20. oh my - this really is stunning - just beautiful xx

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  21. Your card looks amazing. Love the snow effect, the shading, the stamps... Beautiful.

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  22. I'm found of your creation. great work love it to the bottom.
    Isabelle from belgium

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  23. O this is just stunning.
    Hugs,
    Babette

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  24. I LOVE this card, the sentiment banner is really cute, I might just have to nick that idea! xxx

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