Despite the title, this post isn’t about Game of Thrones (for those of you who are fans). But yes, winter is coming! It’s hard to believe that we still have almost a month until the start of winter. You may have read or seen on the news the devastating rain & flooding that we’ve had here in B.C. I’m very thankful that the area in which I live is relatively unaffected. But I’m very sad for those who have been displaced, lost their homes, and all of the animals (pets, livestock and wild) that have suffered. Wherever you live, I hope that you’re safe!
ACTS OF CARDNESS PROMPT
Over on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook page HERE, you’ll find the daily word prompts for the Random Acts of Cardness. The idea behind the challenge is that it will get everyone making cards daily, but not just making them. Sending them!! Yes – you’re supposed to be giving or mailing your daily creations! At this time of year, it’s not that difficult. For today’s prompt I chose the word ‘winter’, so that you can make this as one of your holiday or Christmas cards.
I pulled out one of my favourite sets from last year, by Colorado Craft Company. It features the whimsical art of Anita Jeram, in a stamp called Kittens & Mittens.
Aren’t those kittens adorable?! I can’t wait to get my hands on the latest release, coming soon to the Scrap ‘N Stamp store.
Start with a panel of watercolour paper. Wet the paper with either a spritzer or water brush. Smoosh the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide onto your craft mat, and then pick it up & apply it with a water brush. I did a heavier application on the top for the sky, and then lightly on the bottom. Sort of a reflection of the sky onto the snow. Allow the panel to dry, or speed it up with a heat tool.
Next, stamp the Kittens & Mittens in Nocturne ink. Choose your colours; I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush to paint. The colours I chose are Light Gray, Carmine Red, Beige, Yellow, Brown, Blue and Blue Gray. After colouring the kittens, add some shadows under their feet, using the Light Gray marker. You can see on the blue hat that the area wasn’t quite dry – so I went with it, added more water, and made it a fuzzy hat!
Now, use the snowflake stamp with Versamark, and stamp it across the top. Cover it with white embossing powder, and heat set. I felt like the snow wasn’t standing out as much as I wanted, so I added some splatters of watered down white gouache paint. While this is drying, stamp the sentiment onto a piece of bright blue cardstock in Versamark, and again emboss with white embossing powder. Attach the sentiment to the top of the card front, and then wrap some silver cording across the bottom.
Attach the card front to your bright blue card base using foam tape. Finish off the card by adding a small Nuvo Cherry Heart.
Anyone who receives this card is guaranteed to smile!
JOIN THE CHALLENGE
I hope you’ll play along with my prompt today. After all, winter is coming, so we may as well enjoy it! Be sure to share a photo of your project with the hashtag #snschallenge. At the end of the month, one lucky participant is randomly chosen, and wins a $50 Gift Card to shop Scrap ‘N Stamp!
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