Ski slopesPosted: February 17, 2014 Filed under: Christmas Park, Tutorial, Watercolour | Tags: CAS, Penny Black stamps, Ranger Distress stains, Tsukineko Memento inks 19 Comments
It is my husband, Andrew’s birthday today and this is the card I made for him. Now that he has opened it I can publish it here. I actually made it two days ahead which is a bit of a record for me. I hate to say it but I often make my family’s cards late the night before or even the morning of the birthday. He has been enjoying skiing in Gatineau Park this winter so I attempted a few ski slopes with a little music motif as well because he is also a musician. The plan is to go skiing today after a family breakfast and then tonight our family will attend the Ottawa Symphony concert where our elder daughter is playing.
Not only did I make the card ahead of time I remembered to take photos along the way. For a change I used cold pressed watercolour paper. It is more textured so the ink pools in the ‘dents’ a little. I taped a piece to my work table then painted Tumbled Glass distress ink onto the sky area. I painted several layers for a strong colour then painted two snow bank shadows by painting the ink on in a curved line then immediately blending water into the ink to dilute and spread it up the panel.
Next I cut a mask to match the top snow bank so I could stamp trees above it.
I inked the stamp with two greens, spritzed it with water then stamped it over the mask. I spritzed some water onto the panel to make the colour bleed a little
Before stamping trees on the next slope I masked the two lower banks to keep them white.
I inked the music background stamp in brown, wiped some of the ink off, stamped on scrap then stamped onto the watercolour panel.
To complete the panel I sponged some brown around the edges. When I removed the painter’s tape I remembered I had left more blank space at the bottom which made it look a little like a polaroid. On the rare occasions I do go skiing I usually wish I had my camera with me to capture the beauty but it is too heavy and my skiing style too unstable to take the risk of carrying it with me.
Stamps: Christmas Park, Summer Fun (PB)
Inks: Memento Cottage Ivy, Northern Pine, Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Distress Stains: Tumbled Glass
Cardstock: Strathmore 140lb cold pressed watercolour paper
I so look forward to your beautiful art . Thanks so much for sharing
What a pretty scene. And to find out that you must live pretty close to my brother, who lives in Aylmer, Gatineau. While I’m here far away on my little island in the Indian Ocean (Mauritius). We are certainly at opposite ends of the temperature scales at the moment.
Another wonderful card! I can almost feel the cold and smell the pine trees. I love your art work each and every flower and snow scene. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Excellent!!! Love your technique and how you layered the portrait with a window. Like it a lot!
Thanks for showing the process steps of this marvelously lovely card. It’s so helpful to see exactly how you accomplished this snow scene. Happy Birthday to your hubby also. TFS
thanks a lot for this step by step, lovely card
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Another outstandingly beautiful card, Heather! I know your husband loved it. Sounds like a fun day for you and a great ending for the symphony! I love symphony music too.
Nice card, Heather! Like how you’ve created so much dimension w/your inking/masking. Thx for the tutorial, as well. 🙂
beautiful card Heather
Your card realy is stunning. Thanks for showing how you made it, I always like to learn.
Congratulations on your husbands birthday and how special toe njonja a concert here your daughter is playing. Wish You a beautiful evening.
This is such a beautiful card and I am sure he is more than delighted with it! I remember his last Birthday card you made……it had a surreal feel about it! This one is not only picturesque but encompasses his special day of snow and symphony. Happy Birthday Andrew and have a wonderful time tonight!
This is beautiful, and the step-by-step instructions are really clear and easy to follow. I hope you both enjoy your husband’s birthday today!
This is beautiful! Thank you so much for the instructions, you make it look so simple! Hope you have a fabulous day celebrating the birthday and the concert!
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Perfectly beautiful and so well suited to your husband, considering his interests. I enjoy seeing how you create these scenes. You’re the best, Heather!
This is pure magic Heather. I’m sure Andrew was thrilled.
I love the suggestion of manuscript… and a great tutorial!
Thanks so much
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Beautiful scene Heather, captures the quiet stillness of a snow covered hillside 😀
What a stunning birthday card, a real work of art. Thanks for the tutorial.
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This is stunning, Heather!! And thank you for the tutorial on how you made this beauty!