Sunday, October 7, 2018

Having a Snow Day!

Happy Sunday!

It's football day in the basement, and it's a pretty gray cloudy day outside, so I'm hanging out in my office.  Actually I had to commandeer a portion of the dining room table as well.

I wanted to experiment with making snow today.

 Using my Original MISTI, I stamped a number of panels with the tree line stamp from the Unity Stamp Company's October 2017 SMAK Kit, Winter Wild, with Stormy Sky StazOn ink.  I used a variety of papers to test.  Strathmore Bristol, Gina K. Designs Heavyweight white, Fabriano hot press watercolor paper and Canson XL Bristol Vellum finish.  And they all worked.  But my favorite was the Fabriano hot press watercolor paper since it absorbed a bit more ink and gave me the best contrast.

I put a piece of thin disposable tablecloth down on my dining room table to protect my table from spatters, then laid out my panels.  I tore strips of copy paper and covered the area below the trees.
I put a small puddle of Fineline masking fluid down onto a piece of waxed paper, and used my Ranger Distress Splatter Brush to pick up some of the masking fluid.  Holding the brush horisontally in my right hand, about 10-12" over the card panel. I used my fingers of my left hand to grab the bristles and bent them upward, then slowly allowed a few bristles at a time to slip from my fingers.  This allowed the fluid to spatter randomly over my panels.

I let the masking fluid dry an hour or so, then used my Picket Fence Life Changing Brushes to add ink to the top of my panels.  I first used Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink, bringing it down from the top edge from my card to the treeline.

Then I added Faded Jeans over the top, but this time, creating a fade than ended near the tree tops.

I spritzed the panel with water droplets and let the water lift the color for about 30-45 seconds then lifted the water away with a paper towel.

Once the panel was completely dry, I used my fingers to gently rub the tiny specks of masking fluid from the panels.  If your panel is still damp, the masking fluid may tear your paper.

I then trimmed the panel down to 4" x 5 1/4", and used my Mini MISTI to stamp my greeting (from Gina K. Designs' Holiday Frame) with embossing ink (make sure you use your powder tool first!  Powder sticks to Distress Oxide Inks and you'll have a mess if you don't!), then heat embossed with silver embossing powder,

I then added strips of 1" foam tape to the back of the panel an A2 vertical, top fold card base.

It's a snow day!
Thanks for stopping by today.
Hope you have a great afternoon!

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