Let it snowPosted: October 30, 2014 Filed under: Joyous Wishes, Prancers, Snow Drops | Tags: Penny Black creative dies, Penny Black stamps, Tsukineko Memento inks 14 Comments
Snow is in our weather forecast for the next few days; I don’t imagine there will be as much as in the card above but who knows?
I know I keep mentioning the “panels already splattered with masking fluid” that I have sitting around on my craft table. There are a couple of reasons I have extras on hand, one is that the fluid takes at least 20 minutes to dry properly so it is good to have one ready for when inspiration strikes. Also I have several different sizes of watercolour blocks now so when I splatter the masking fluid on a block I can end up with quite a few card-sized panels. This panel was generously splattered with masking fluid, both tiny dots and larger ones. I ended up working with just one ink, Memento Nautical blue. I brayered the ink over the masking fluid, a method which gives each dot softer edges, a different effect to that created with sponging ink or watercolouring. I brayered from one edge only and the blue faded out toward the opposite edge of the panel making it the perfect place to stamp some trees with first, second and third generation stamping. After stamping the trees I spritzed the bottom of the card once so there is a little bit of blur around the trees.
I decided on a die cut sentiment so it would stand out and ended up cutting two and stacking them together. When trimmed the panel was a bit narrower than my usual card size so rather than trim the card base I matted with white and popped the panel up over little die cut snow flakes from the Snow drops die.
Stamps: Prancers (PB)
Creative Dies: Joyous Wishes, Snow Drops (PB)
Inks: Memento Nautical Blue (Imagine Craft/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock,
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid
GORGEOUS card Heather!!! Love the little snowflake edge you gave the card…a nice plus!
Heather, it looks just like a heavy, late night snow! Beautiful and evokes many memories!
Adorable! Magic! Each day, I look for your post… Once again, no word… but thank you so much!
Awesome card. Can you tell me about the spattering — you mentioned it is on a block but how do you transfer that to paper? And is this watercolor paper or cardstock. Would you mind terribly doing a video (or maybe you have and I didn’t see it). Thanks so much — your work is so awesome.
I realize that I have been using masking fluid on winter cards for years now and forget that I have some new readers who are not familiar with my techniques. I have taken your advice and just filmed myself using the masking fluid so I will make a tutorial that explains a few things. No card making just some technique.
The block I refer to is a block of watercolour paper that I splatter the fluid onto. I’ll show it in the video.
Stay tuned and thanks for your comment and questions,
Lovely card. I’m also interested in how you do the spattering. I’ve got the masking fluid but don’t know what to do with it!
There is a video in process that should explain the basics.
I’ll be looking forward to the video as well. Do you have a specific brand of masking fluid that works better than others or are they all about the same. I see Hobby Lobby has some but wanted your input. I’d love to try this.
I just noticed that you gave the brand of masking fluid and that is what Hobby Lobby carries. Do you use the yellow tinted? Thought it might be OK to use it since it’s a mask and comes off anyway.
While I love this card, I really hope it in no way indicates how much snow we get!!! Great effect with the generous masking fluid spattering (must get mine out again) and the brayering.
Oh my, this is just so beautiful, it looks like a photograph! So crazy you only used one ink!!! I really like what you did with the masking fluid on the watercolor blocks & getting them ready ahead of time! Thanks for that tip and for the beautiful inspiration that is this card!!!!!!!
Gorgeous snow scene!
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