Hey Crafty Friends, and Happy Christmas…in July, that is! Today I want to share a fun, non-traditional, slim-line Christmas card with you. I have used some incredibly fun stencils from A Colorful Life Designs as well as several colors of Distress Oxide inks to create an over the top, unique, snowy twilight winter sky. However, as bold as that sky is those Festive Flamingos from My Favorite Things Stamps are the real focal point here. Don’t they look like they are having fun skating and playing on that frozen pond?! I want to be out there playing with them. Stay with me and I will tell you my process for creating this fun winter scene. (All of the supplies I used are listed below, and for items that are no longer available or not from the same merchant where I purchased mine, I have linked something similar.)
I started with some Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110# cardstock. While there are a variety of measurements that will work to create a slim line card, I cut my card base down to 9.5” x 3.5” and cut the card panel and layering panel down to fit. I stamped the Festive Flamingos with VersaFine Onyx Black ink using my Hero Arts-Misti stamping platform. I positioned the flamingos on the card panel in the areas I wanted them to be in on my scene. Then I stamped the images on some sticky notes to use as masks, and fussy cut them out with my Tonic Studios Kushgrip scissors. This all took some planning and organization, which, for me, was difficult, I am not an organized crafter, but I persevered. It doesn’t look like much yet, but hang on, we just getting started.
Ok. Things are starting to take shape. I have placed the 6x9 Ice Crystals stencil from ACLD at the top portion of my card panel and taped it down so it wouldn’t move on me. While it is not the typical sky type of stencil, I felt like the disproportionate nature of the stencil to the overall scene created some drama to an otherwise comical card. Inkblending of Distress Oxide inks over the stencil create the twilight sky. Then I placed the Christmas Star stencil over the whole inkblended area and spread on some Brutus Monroe Frosted Windowpane Glitter Glaze through the stencil, creating a glittery star effect to the sky. (Unfortunately, this particular Glitter Glaze is no longer available, however BM has soooo many options to choose from.) Once the glitter glaze was dry I added Peacock Blue Atelier Ink (by Ink On 3) around the edges of the card to darken up the sky; sadly the ink got on the glittery stars. I had to work on them throughout the process to wipe off the ink off from the stars – when have you ever heard that in a sentence? Once the sky was finished, I used some tape to protect that area and used some more Distress Oxide Inks to blend out the pond. I went right over the flamingo legs and skates. If you look closely, you can see a gradient of blue color from left to right.
After the scene is set, I peeled up the masks and went to coloring these sweet flamingos. I used my Arteza Everblend alcohol ink markers to bring these guys to life. I am very much a novice at coloring with alcohol ink markers, but I love the medium and continue to better my skills. Two of the flamingos are lighter shades of pink and two are a bit darker. I don’t know about you but knowing where to put shading on some things is a mystery to me…these flamingos, for instance. I hope they turned out alright. Then I felt the scene needed some snowbanks, which is where the project took a fall into a deep, dark, depressing hole. First, I used some gouache and added several layers in an effort to create my snowbanks…Nope. Then I tried adding some glitter drops on top of the gouache…nope…then I added white crystal glaze…still no, but better. In the end you will see that I utilize a while animal technique to finish the snowy bits….camouflage.
Finally, I add a whoooool bunch of Nuvo Crystal Glaze to get that shimmery, icy look to the pond. Feeling like the sky wasn’t unique enough, I decided to add some spatter “snowflakes” with both water and shimmer spray. You can also see I added some snowflake sequins as well as some cute pink and white sequins to add another layer of texture and dimension to that sky. Can you find my camouflage? Yep! You got it! Sentiment strips as camouflage. Brilliant, right?! Ok. Maybe not brilliant, can we agree to resourceful and creative, at least? You can also see the glitter glaze stars a bit better in this picture, as I have cleaned all the excess ink off of them that was humanly possible – for this human. And that is my card. Thanks for following along in my process. I hope you had as much fun as I did. I appreciate you!
Supply Links (some are affiliate links)
Neenah Classic Crest 110# cardstock: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JFDE5Y/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
My Favorite Things (MFT) Stamps Festive Flamingos: No longer available with original merchant: https://www.franticstamper.com/My-Favorite-Things--Clear-Stamp--Festive-Flamingos_p_162679.html
Hero Arts-Misti Stamping Platform by My Sweet Petunia: https://www.scrapbook.com/store/hro-mt300.html?cmp=googleproducts&kw=hro-mt300&gclid=Cj0KCQjw3Nv3BRC8ARIsAPh8hgI7vpv57UWok3_mS8KjesPBBPWm8c7Q2fdtJgV8kzE3PvJbtfIy53caAhGwEALw_wcB
A Colorful Life Designs Stencils (ACLD): Christmas Star https://acolorfullifedesigns.com/christmas-star/ Use discount code Nancyfan10
ACLD Ice Crystals: https://acolorfullifedesigns.com/ice-crystals/ Use discount code Nancyfan10
Brutus Monroe Frosted Window Pane Glitter Glaze: (particular glaze is no longer available) https://www.brutusmonroe.com/search?type=article%2Cpage%2Cproduct&q=glitter*+glaze*
Distress Oxide Inks: Pond: Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Broken China: https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/search?currency=USD&q=distress+oxide+inks
Distress Oxide Inks: Sky: Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, and Seedless Preserve: https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/search?currency=USD&q=distress+oxide+inks
Ink On 3 Atelier Ink: Sky: Peacock Blue: https://inkon3.com/collections/atelier-ink-pads/products/atelier-peacock-blue-artist-grade-fusion-ink
Makeup Blender brushes on Amazon similar to: https://www.amazon.com/Professional-VIVACE-Multifunctional-Foundation-Contouring/dp/B06XS4HMGC/ref=sr_1_44?dchild=1&keywords=makeup+blender+brushes&qid=1591554964&sr=8-44 Arteza Everblend Markers, 120: https://www.amazon.com/ARTEZA-Everblend-Painting-Sketching-Organizer/dp/B07QYBSC2K/ref=asc_df_B07QYBSC2K/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=343281963484&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2446023704847658109&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9010012&hvtargid=pla-800201199487&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=65872689581&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=343281963484&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2446023704847658109&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9010012&hvtargid=pla-800201199487
Nuvo Crystal Glaze: https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/Tonic-CRYSTAL-GLAZE-Nuvo-947N-947NT
Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter drops: https://www.scrapbook.com/store/ton-758n.html
Nuvo Simply White Crystal Drops (Timeless Classic set of 3): https://www.scrapbook.com/store/products/?w=simply+white+nuvo+drops
Stampin’ Up! Woven Threads sequin assortment: No sure if these are still available. This is the first demonstrator to pop up on my Google search: https://bevadams.com/2019-2020-resources/19-20-woven-threads-sequin-assortment/
X-Fasten double sided foam tape: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01E9FE1NI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s03?ie=UTF8&psc=1