I was having a browse through the Craft Magazines whilst shopping this weekend and I came across a copy of Papercraft Inspirations which came with a free twenty piece stamp set called 'Forest Magic.' It was all woodland animals, trees and a Christmas Robin and as these things are right up my street, I had to buy it.
I had an idea of the sort of card that I wanted to make and here it is:
I started by by using a Clarity Woodland stencil. I masked off the moon and the snowy area and then created my night sky using Distress Bluepint Sketck, Adirondack Denim and Eggplant. I let this dry before spritzing on white acrylic paint to create a starry night. Whilst the mask was still in place, I stamped the top row of trees. I then removed the mask and stamped the smaller trees in front to give a more natural looking effect.
As I wasn't sure at this point how many animals I was going to use, I stamped and coloured them in using inks and water coloured pencils before sticking them onto my background. Once the animals were in place, I then used a stencil to create the snowy hills and to ground the trees. Next, I used one of the snowflake stamps and a sentiment from the set and heat embossed them in white. I then used my Ink Dusters with the Denim and Eggplant to dust around the edges of the card. I also used a touch of Distress Wilted Violet, which I thought would compliment to blue tone of the card. I used a selection of the trees to create the bushes in the foreground and then dusted over them in purple. Last of all, I gently rubbed over the snowflakes and sentiment to brighten the up.
I'm really happy with the end result and very happy with my free stamps which I'm sure will get plenty of use, especially on masculine cards.
Wishing you all a wonderful day x