Snow Covered BerriesPosted: August 14, 2014
I have another berry stamp from the new “Season’s Greetings” release to feature today. Once again I used some watercolouring but the main technique on this card is embossing. I began with a panel splattered with masking fluid as I like to do with winter scenes. Once the masking fluid was dry I stamped the large berry stamp in versamark taking care to place a stamp positioner beside the stamp before I lifted it. I then re-inked the stamp in versafine onyx black, moved the stamp positioner down and to the right ever so slightly and stamped in black. I embossed the image in clear powder some of which also stuck to the masking fluid which just ended up giving the impression of even more tiny snowflakes in the sky.
With the embossing done I positioned a circle mask and painted the sky. I started with chipped sapphire distress stain and water. I painted water in the area I wanted blue then added the stain. When I was happy with the coverage I used a dry brush to take some of the colour out around the moon. I added some dusty concord distress stain to the sky also to vary the colour a little. To create the snow bank I painted a diluted mix of dusty concord and chipped sapphire in the hill shape and immediately blended it upwards with water to fade the colour out. I did the same a second time to create another snowbank near the base of the panel. When it was all dry I added a tag and a red ribbon. It was crying out for a bit of red.
Stamps: Happy Berries, Joy Filled (PB)
Inks: Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord distress stains (Ranger) Versamark & Versafine Onyx Black (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid, Clear embossing powder