Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Masking out to make a Winter Scene



Hello everyone!  I hope your week is going well!

I was excited to get to play along on the SCS sketch challenge today.  I have had this idea in my head for a while and today was the day I got to try it!  This image is from the Newly Released Our Daily Bread designs set "With Deepest Sympathy".  If you look just 2 posts below you will see the image the way it comes.  There are cat tails in the foreground and a row boat on the opposite shore.  I wanted to make a wintry scene and see if I could make this a Christmas card, so I taped over those elements when I inked my stamp, then removed them and this is what I got.  This is also for the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.... to show nature praising and bringing glory to God!

My image is actually stamped on some glossy paper from the office supply store.  I have used it to water color before so I knew it could be done.  It does require a slightly different technique, in that you don't use as much water and only barely wet your paper first.  You pretty much work in small areas and get it down how you like it before moving on because the paint does not move around as much as it does on water color paper.  That said, I knew I could water color on it and not ruin it at all, so I used my SU! Markers and painted on a variety of blues for an icy effect.  The glossy paper really makes the scene shine.  I mixed a little dazzling diamonds in with Polar White Flower Soft and added that to my trees, banks and a few piles of snow on the dock.  I used my Spell Binders Label 4 to cut the image panel out.  You will be able to see the sparkle and the flower soft if you click the image to enlarge it.

The sketch was from SCS and I did tweak it just a tad.  I used Bazzill as my base, then a layer of glossy cs run through with the snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I used my Martha Stewart punch to punche the white strip on both sides and then I spritzed all the white layers with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Pearl.  Love that stuff!!!  The blue textured layer is ProvoCraft, also gorgeous!

The ribbon is May Arts and the snowflakes are punched and popped up on dimensionals in a double arrangement.

I hope you like my slightly different take on this stamp.  I just wanted to show the versatility of these images!  Thanks for stopping by!  It means so much to me!

This scene makes me think of Ps. 96:12..."Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord".  Having lived in Maine for many years... I can tell you that there is nothing much more beautiful that those gorgeous Hemlocks ladened with crisp pure  white snow!  Heaven and Nature certainly do sing of His glorious works!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!  God bless!

Grace

21 comments:

Kristine said...

This one is so calm and peaceful--you captured tranquility in this midst of a cold winter quite perfectly Grace! :) I love it so much!! THANK YOU for entering both your gorgeous cards in our SSC Challenge this week. xXx

Alice said...

Beautiful card, this is a perfect Christmas card!
Alice

JazzyH said...

Great winter scene.

Randi said...

Ooh Grace, this is awesome!! Tell me more about this technique; I am so interested. I thought that you were depicting MY state of Michigan after it snows (which is coming soon, burr) but Maine is a snowy wonderland, too.

Thanks for playing along with us at SSCC this week.

Bama Bella said...

This is a beautiful card. Perfect for the occasion and bring Glory to God through nature! Fantastic.
-Ozziepuddles

Connie M. said...

Grace! I know I have said this before, but had to comment here too! This is just so very clever making the secen into a winter wonderland!

Silke Ledlow said...

Oh you are sooooooo clever Mrs Gace!!! I love your winter wonderland idea!!! It's gorgeous!!! Hugs ~S~

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

WOW Grace!!! This looks incredible!!!! How clever to change the seasons like that!!!

Betty Wright said...

Grace, this is just absolutely stunning!!! I am speechless!!! A winter scene?!!?!?! It is so serene and tranquil!!!! Gorgeous and so beautifully done!!!

Jodi said...

Wow!! This is just so gorgeous!! Beautiful Christmas scene!!
Thank you for visiting me and for your very sweet comments!
Hugs
Jodi =)

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Grace - this is gorgeous and truly a WINTER WONDERLAND!! Love the way you have done this - it is always good to see how versitile stamps can be - you go girl!! What a beautiful scene you have created Grace - so serene and crisp! Thansk for sharing...I am happy to know about the glossy paper - thanks! God bless you! {{{hugs}}}

Pamela said...

This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! I love it!

peggysue said...

Grace this is a lovely winter scene. I feel chilly just looking at it! Who would have thought you could watercolor on glossy paper? Thanks for sharing so much of how you achieve the looks you do. I like the embellishments, the punched edges and snowflake addition. So very pretty!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wow Grace!! I just love how you created this winter scene!!! So tranquil and beautiful!! Awesome watercoloring!! I love all your punching, design and snowflakes!! That is one gorgeous creation!

Well I am still packing to go tomorrow morning early. Am I crazy or what. Should be long done but I was so absorbed with keeping with so many other things this week, packing went by the wayside. Oh well, once we are gone we are gone and we will have a good time. Have a great weekend!!

hugs my friend,
Chris

Gina said...

This is really pretty, I love the softness of your watercolors. I have never tried to watercolor on glossy paper, looks interesting.

Kelley said...

Awesome idea! I would never have thought to make a winter scene!It is so pretty!

Tami said...

oh my word- this is totally amazing! GORGEOUS!

Valarie (vampme3) said...

Wow!!

The Mama Monkey said...

You really captured the essence of winter in this card! Love the color choices and the frosty bling on the card.

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Gorgeous card, Grace! I love that technique. You can just feel the snow. I'm so tempted to get that set! Thanks for playing in our challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ!

Hugs,
Lisa

Cecilia said...

Hola, ¡Que hermosos trabajos tienes, me ha encantado este tipo de tarjetas, son realmente hermosas, me imagino que deben tener mucho trabajo, pero el resultado es bellĂ­simo.