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Friday, August 03, 2007

Easy on the Eyes!

It was suggested by a fellow blogger (Sara!!!!!) that I join the snowman/snowflake card swap at Split Coast Stampers. I've never done that before and wasn't real sure I wanted to do yet another swap. I do love swaps but to be in one on this level is a big deal for me. SO I went to the link she sent me and read the "rules" and thought about it a bit more. I was about to delete the email and I decided I would go ahead and do it. After all it was only 6 cards, 5 for the swap and 1 for the hostess. Surely I could do that. The rules were simple, a full size card of quality card stock, at least one layer and some type pf embellishment. I have mostly Stampin' Up! card stock and you don't get much better quality than that. I can do layers. In fact I can cut them pretty straight too!!! LOL And embellishments. Well, I have a container full and then some!!! Okay, I'm good to go.

Now what layout do I use? What stamps do I use? What colors do I want. Thinking on the theme of the card I decided it's some type of blue. Then I thought maybe I should use the new Sky Blue color by Stampin' Up! I took a piece out and a piece of the Blue Bayou and liked how they looked together. I pulled out some Penny Black snowmen stamps I had and decided I was going to use them for this card.

I used white craft ink for the row of snowman on the long darker blue strip. I set them aside to dry since craft ink takes a bit longer to dry than regular ink. Then I used watercolor paper and stamped the larger stamp using black Staz-on. I prefer to use the black Staz-on ink on my cards where I am using the blender pen. The glycerin in the blender pen will cause regular black ink to smear or smudge. Staz-on does just what it says!!!

I allowed that ink to dry. I'm only assuming it needed some drying time because it's on watercolor paper which I find is more absorbent than regular card stock. While they were drying I found my silver snowflake brads and heated them up with the embossing tool and dipped them in white embossing powder and colored them white!

I used the Snowflake wheel by Stampin' Up and versa mark and rolled it on the Sky Blue card stock.

I used all 6 of the in colors to color the snowman and background in. I like how all those colors just compliment each other. After I assembled the card and took a look at it, I found it very easy on the eyes. It has a softness to it and it gives you a warm and inviting feeling. Well, that's what I feel when I look at it. Tell me what you feel when you look at it.

Thanks for taking your time to visit my blog,


Unknown said...

Wanda, your card is so very CUTE! Such a nice job, I love the snowman. I need to go back to school and take coloring 101 my skills pale compared to yours.

Melissa said...

This is so sweet Wanda! Excellent job!

Denise said...

I LOVE your snowmen cards, Wanda. In fact, you've helped me figure out isn't just right about the cards I'm planning on doing for Christmas. I think my blue is too dark and will try switching to a lighter shade. I'm also going to try brayering my snowflakes. I LOVE the look! Thanks so much for being so helpful!

Corie said...

Oh my this is the most adorable card. I love all the colors!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you decided to do the swap, the card is adorable!!

jodene said...

This card is very pretty. I am positive everyone will love it!!

Mary said...

I just LOVE snowmen and this one is just adorable. Great job on the watercoloring!! Love the layout!

Diane Gilbert said...

Wanda,this is sooo cute! I love snowmen too, great job!

Donna C. said...

This is just toooo adorable!!