Vintage snow covered

I have a sweet little snowy scene to share today, done in a vintage style with distress products. Distress inks are designed to react with water so they are perfect for this type of project. I did all the stamping in vintage photo distress ink then blended afterwards. Even if the ink has dried you can still blend and dilute it with water.  To create this little scene I used two stamps. The foreground trees on the left hand side are part of the ‘dressed in snow’ stamp. I inked the trees and the edge of the snowbank with vintage photo ink, made sure I wiped away ink that ended up on any other parts of the stamp then stamped it on hot pressed watercolour paper. I then positioned the house scene from the ‘snow covered’ set further up the panel on the right and stamped that in vintage photo also.

My plan in painting this scene was to blend the brown along with some blue and black into the areas that were not snow covered and leave the snow with little or no blended colour. I pressed some broken china, vintage photo and black soot distress inks onto an acrylic block to use as watercolor paint. I used a round watercolour brush with a good point and painted water along the top of the roofs and trees so that some brown ink bled out of the lines. I painted water into the whole sky area adding some extra brown and blue inks to fill the sky. I also painted over the dark areas on the evergreen trees and added a little black ink but left the ‘snow’ untouched. While the sky area was still damp I dropped in some brown ink to look like trees in the background. I used a small round watercolour brush to paint the houses, using water to blend the stamped ink but also adding a little extra brown or even black for shadows and extra depth. To add extra snow banks and extend the stamped ones I used the bullet tip of the vintage photo marker then blended more colour above the lines for shadows.

I always like to send a few snowy scenes to my Australian friends and family who are enjoying a summer Christmas so I chose an appropriate sentiment from the ‘joy & happiness’ set.


Stamp: Dressed in Snow, snow covered, joy & happiness (PB)
Inks: vintage photo, tumbled glass, black soot distress inks (Ranger)
Paper: Hot pressed watercolour paper (Fabriano)

8 Comments on “Vintage snow covered”

  1. creatingincolors says:

    What a beautiful and “dreamy” card. I love those colors and the softness.

  2. Liz in NH says:

    “Dreamy” was just the word that was in my mind, too! Love the softened background trees, and foreground snow shadowing. Just lovely! Australian friends will be feeling the snow. Thank you, Heather!

  3. Shauna Todd says:

    I love the colors you used for this beautiful card!

  4. Oh my they are going to totally LOVE this, just amazing your blending is fantastic!

  5. Glenna says:

    OMG! LOVE this beautiful, beautiful card!

  6. Karen Jackson says:

    How unusual to have a sepia-like vintage look to a Christmas card. It’s really beautiful.

  7. memalagene says:

    Beautiful creation, you amaze me!

  8. Pat says:

    Thank you for explaining how you achieved this vintage look Heather and the blue with the brown and black works so well here. A fabulous card. x

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