Skies & dies

I have three simple cards to show you today, simple that is if you have some watercolour backgrounds sitting around as I often do. Even if you don’t it would not take too long to create a large multicoloured panel with brusho, distress stains or some other watercolour medium then when its dry splatter white paint over it to look like stars or snow.

I trimmed my background panels then added a hand cut snow bank to the card above plus the deer from the Penny Black ‘holiday hello’ set. I know it is very minimal but I rather like the way the deer could be looking up into the vast sky.

On the second card all I added to the star filled sky was the PB ‘neighborhood border’ die. All the die cuts are neenah solar white cardstock. For some I used liquid glue, others I attached using stick it adhesive.

I added the shooting star when I created the watercolour sky with the same white paint.

The background sky for this final card is the last scrap of a large panel I painted very randomly with turquoise and blue brusho. I tore a strip of white cardstock to create the snow bank, die cut a tree to tuck behind it and a sleigh to sit on top. The tree is the smaller one from the PB set, ‘winter trees’   and the sleigh is also from Penny Black.

I’m going to leave these without sentiments for now; they might be handy to use as thank you cards after Christmas.


Dies: winter trees, sleigh, neighborhood border, holiday hello (PB)

Cardstock: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah solar white

Paint: brusho, white gesso

Also: stick it adhesive, on point gule

9 Comments on “Skies & dies”

  1. Christine says:

    Lovely backgrounds. They make beautiful cards.

  2. creatingincolors says:

    What beautiful cards! I like that you left them without sentiments for now so they can be added later for any occasion.

  3. Liz Jones in New Hampshire says:

    Big WOW factor here, and easy-peasey, with the die cuts. Love your shooting star, too!

  4. Karen Jackson says:

    What a clever use for painty pieces that we already have..a die cut and a snowbank and it’s done. Very effective, very beautiful, Very clever you!

  5. Daria says:

    These are beautiful!

  6. Heidi says:

    Your backgrounds are all quite pretty and I like all the nice white die cuts over them.

  7. Pat says:

    Those backgrounds are just fabulous Heather and love the dies you have use over the top. So atmospheric and pretty. x

  8. Laurie says:

    Absolutely love these backgrounds. Do you use any kind of a fixative over the brusho? I use Ken Oliver’s color burst water color powders. If I try a concentrated effect like this the paints come off on my fingers if I rub across the paper.

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