Creating Scenery – A Long Winter’s Nap

Hi Friends! I hope your new year has gotten off to a great start and that you’re ready for our next challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week our theme is, Winter Blues. For my project, I created a card that reminds me of growing up in Wisconsin when the holidays were over and the earth slept peacefully. Creating scenery using intricate dies isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Yes, putting these little houses together will take a little more time, but the results can be breathtaking. See how I put everything together below. Enjoy!

Also, please don’t forget to stop by January’s guest designer, Amber Sheaves from Pieces of Me to see her latest creation for our challenge. I know you will love it!

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Handmade Card for Simon Says Stamp Winter Blues Challenge

 

Creating A Wintery Scene for Handmade Card Step 1

To begin, I cut a piece of Bristol Watercolor paper and apply Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans and Chipped SapphireΒ  Distress Ink using mini ink blending tools. Begin with the lightest colors in the middle, moving to the outer edges as the colors get darker. After blending the colors together, I spritz the piece with water.

 

Creating A Wintery Scene for Handmade Card Step 2

Cut this piece using the dome die from the Snowglobe #2 die set.

 

Creating Little Houses with Intricate Dies

To create each house, I cut each piece out of different cardstock. For the body of the houses,Β  I used kraft core paper and sanded each piece to give it a distressed look, The inside window pieces are made from deep yellow cardstock and the window frames are cut from Simon Says Stamp Dark Chocolate cardstock. The base of the house was also cut out of Dark Chocolate cardstock. Below are all the houses and their pieces and on the left is the finished house. For the snow covered roofs on the houses below, I cut those pieces out of white cardstock and went over the edges, very lightly, with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.

 

Creating Houses with Intricate Dies

Creating Houses with Intricate Dies

Creating Houses with Intricate Die

Creating Houses with Intricate Dies

 

Creating Scenery for Handmade Card

To begin building the background scene, I cut the tree line using Tim Holtz Tree Line die out of green kraft core cardstock that has been sanded on the edges. The snow is cut from white cardstock and lightly edged with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.

 

Creating Scenery for Handmade Card

I adhere the tree line to the base of the dome background.

 

Creating Scenery for Handmade Card

Next, I adhere the houses and snow. I set this aside and begin creating the second background piece for the card.

 

Creating Second Background Scene for Handmade Card Step 1

To begin the second background, I cut a piece of canvas cardstock and add Vintage Photo Distress Crayon pigment in random areas. Remember this is canvas paper, so you will see the texture of the paper.

 

Creating Second Background Scene for Handmade Card Step 2

Next, I add Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire Distress Crayon pigment in random areas on the piece.

 

Creating Second Background Scene for Handmade Card Step 3

I blend the colors together by dipping my fingertip in a bit of water and smudging them together.

 

Creating Second Background Scene for Handmade Card Step 4

I add a bit more Chipped Sapphire Distress Crayon pigment to the edges and blend that in toward the center.

 

Creating Second Background Scene for Handmade Card Step 5

I add Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink to the edges using a mini ink blending tool.

 

Creating Second Background Scene for Handmade Card Step 6

When the background is dry, I stencil on Tim Holtz Snowflakes with Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste in random areas.

 

Creating Second Background Scene for Handmade Card Step 7

When the embossing paste is completely dry, I go over the edges with Black Soot Distress Paint.

 

Creating Second Background Scene for Handmade Card Step 8

To complete the two backgrounds, I splatter on Paper Artsy Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint that has been thinned with a bit of water. I apply it using the Tim Holtz Splatter Brush.

 

Handmade Card for Simon Says Stamp Winter Blues Challenge

I complete the card by adhere the two backgrounds together and then adhere that to a piece of Simon Says Stamp Schoolhouse Red cardstock. I adhere that to the top left corner of a piece of cardstock from the Tim Holtz Dapper Paper Stash and then onto a 5-1/4″ x 7-1/4″ piece of Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock. I adhere a couple of branches from the Tim Holtz Small Tattered Florals die set and a couple of ready made white flowers from my stash. To create the sentiment, I use the die piece that is meant to create the bottom of the snowglobe out of black kraft core cardstock. I distress the edges a bit and write the sentiment using a white gel pen.

This completes my card for the Simon Says Stamp Winter Blues challenge. I hope you enjoyed seeing the process and that you join in all the fun this week. Remember, you could win a $50 gift voucher to Simon’s amazing store. See ya there!

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20 Comments

  1. Oh, Cathie, I love this – the Black Forest sprung to mind as soon as I saw it! I’ve had this snowglobe set on my list, and you’ve just moved it up to the top! Gorgeous, gorgeous work!

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  3. Oh my gosh! That canvas background! I love it! All the blended colors and the snowflakes! You have remembered me I need to use canvas panels more. The winter scene is amazing too and I see a lot of work here! Awesome card! Hugs, Macarena

  4. It’s fun to see the different ways the snow globe die is being used. Your scene is so peaceful. The red border frames it perfectly. Nice!

  5. Stunning card Cathie!! I admire your patience into putting together this small village! I would have lost my mind ha ha!!!
    Awesome work dear!

  6. This is truly a beautiful card. It is made with parts we are familiar with but combined in a new design that is so appealing!

  7. I love this card you put together. And all the details. The trees and houses in the snow globe. The blue and snowflakes on the canvas background. The pop of red. It’s all so perfect.

  8. Gorgeous card Cathie πŸ™‚ I love the background with the touch of vintage photo, looks fabulous, and the snow globe and details are all so pretty! very lovely πŸ™‚

    luv
    Lols x x x

  9. this is just gorgeous with all the details and layers- so worth the effort!!

  10. This is a masterpiece Cathie! love love love this card! Every single detail is absolutely perfect , from colors to design,textures and choice of dies to use! Fabulous!barbara

  11. What an absolutely stunning scene, that you built! I love seeing the background come together in multiple images! πŸ™‚

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. Beautiful winter card, Cathie! Your little village looks so scenic snugged into the snowy scene. Very calm and peaceful and lovely! hugs, Maura

  13. This is awesome. I have all the supplies, now the time to make it!

  14. This is just so beautiful Cathie…it really is such a gorgeous winter card and your village scene is perfect! Wonderful work, as always… <3

  15. Wow, your card is amazing! I enjoyed seeing how you made it too with all the beautiful layering and colours – stunning 😁. Wishing you a happy new week! J 😊

  16. Wow! This looks incredible! I love to see your process pictures because it shows just how much details go into your projects. You always inspire me to want to expand my technique repertoire!

  17. This is such stunning creation, Cathie. The colors and embellishments of the winter scene on this card are amazing. πŸ™‚

  18. this is just magical Cathie, such a beautiful snowy winter scene…hugs kath xxx

  19. Gorgeous piece, Cathie! Love the fabulous scenery you’ve created! So much details! Hugs, Sandra

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