Hi Everyone–Happy Monday!! Thanks for joining me today!! Well, the Christmas holiday crafting in my creativity dungeon is coming to a close. I’m finishing up some last minute projects and thought I’d share my last (maybe) Christmas card of the season with you.
I was actually just messing around with Watermark Resist ink and different ink and paint color-washes to see how the resist reacts with different mediums, and I ended up with 3 different background effects.
I started with stamping all of the manila stock with Watermark Resist ink and the snowflake stamp from the We Whoosh You a Merry Christmas set from SU. The watermark snowflakes ended up lending different shadow effects with each ink/paint treatment.
For the first card, I used Broken China Distress Ink and my ink blending tool to color the entire background layer. I spritzed it with water and heat dried and added the blue snowflakes, stenciled with Dylusions Spray Ink in London Blue. My snowflake stencil is basically the left-over stock from using my Cricut that die-cut the glitter snowflakes.
This background has the most dramatic OOMPH and I just LOVE how the watermark resist snowflakes turned dark blue with the heavier concentration of the London Blue Dylusions Spray Ink.
OK….I’m not trying to be partial but, I really do like how the Dylusions spray ink reacted with the Watermark Resist on this background. When I sprayed the manila stock, I did not blot off any excess ink and I heat dried while holding the piece upside down.
For the last background, I used Broken China Distress Paint dabbed onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water then I drug my manila stock through the paint and heat dried.
The watermark resist snowflakes didn’t really pop as much with the DP as I had hoped it would–but I think it’s because the watermark ink dried too much (if there’s such a thing?). I had stamped all of my manila pieces of stock at once with the watermark resist and I worked with the DP backgrounds last…
Even though you can’t see the watermark snowflakes, it’s still a pretty cool Distress Paint background and I stenciled this with London Blue spray ink, too.
The center snowman image is the same for each card–I stamped him onto manila stock with Colorbox Jet Black Pigment Ink and heat embossed with Wow embossing powder.
Each snowman image was colored with Broken China DI and an ink blending tool and Black Soot & Picket Fence DM’s and a water brush. The label is stamped with the Simple Sayings plate and Barn Door DI and Jet Black Archival Ink. All edges were distressed and given an inking with Vintage Photo DI and my ink blending tool.
The glitter snowflakes are die-cuts from the Cricut Christmas Cheer cartridge. Each snowflake got a light layer of matte multi-medium then dipped into a white or blue glitter bath and air dried.
It’s hard to say if I’m finished with making Christmas cards for the season…Experimenting with watermark resist ink and especially loving the effects with Dylusions spray ink…I may bundle up and head down to the dungeon for a day or two and play around with the spray inks some more!!
In the meantime, I’m going start my day by entering this design in a few different challenges at:
Simon Says Stamp Blog-Wednesday Challenge-Let It Snow; ABC Christmas Challenge-Y for You Make It/Embellishments; 52 Christmas Card Throwdown-Any Past 2013 Challenge Goes/Color Challenge #16 April 2013 Navy, Light Blue, White
So, however you start your day, try do something to make yourself happy and smile! Maybe even find some time to be Artsy Fartsy yourselves! Thanks for Stopping By!! XOXO-Shari
Supplies I Used:
- Manila, Speckled & Corn Blue Card Stocks
- Stamps: Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Curly Snowman (Denami Designs); We Whoosh You a Merry Christmas (Stampin’ Up)
- Distress Inks, Paints & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Colorbox Pigment Ink (Clearsnap); Archival & Watermark Resist Inks (Ranger); Dylusions Spray Ink (Ranger); Gesso; WOW Embossing Powder
- Cricut Personal Trimmer & Christmas Cheer Cartridge; Scissors; 3D Foam Squares; Small Hole Punch; Distresser; Ink Blending Tool; Water Brushes; Double-Back Tape; Matte Multi-Medium (Studio/Ranger)
- Baker’s Twine; Glitter (mfg unk)