Splatters and Snowflakes

So, I recently won a giveaway on Jennifer McGuire's blog for a free spot in the Holiday Style class from Online Card Classes.  Thanks, Jennifer!  Thanks, OCC Folks!  :)

Day 1 was all about Clean & Simple cards.  I really loved one of the inspiration cards and wanted to try creating a similar background.  This was the result:

 First of all, let me say that I wouldn't have thought of this design as being "clean & simple" since there is so much going on in the background.  However, I loved the look of the original and figured I could create something similar.  I LOVE the results of my efforts!  

First, I used VersaMark ink and white and silver embossing powders to emboss the snowflakes onto my water color card stock.  Then, I used Distress inks and water with paint brushes to create a color wash all over the paper.  I had to partially dry it with my heat gun several times, and once I was happy with that much, I used a paint brush to flick on drops of the ink for a splatter effect.  I also used some Mister Huey's silver mist to flick on some drops of silver sparkle.

My panel warped quite a bit from all the water, so once it was dry, I pressed it between the pages of a book for a while to flatten it back out as much as possible.  I trimmed it down and mounted it on a velum card base (something I've never done before).  To hide the ugly side of the water colored panel from showing through inside my card, I cut a piece of white card stock just a teeeeeny bit smaller than my panel and adhered it inside the front of the card.  I also used a white panel on the inside back as a place to stamp the inside.

For the front sentiment, I die cut a stitched banner from Lil' Inker Designs and embossed a sentiment from Papertrey Ink with silver embossing powder.  I thought it needed just a little something more, so I used a Papertrey die to cut out the little snowflakes from some silver card stock and glued those down with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  To adhere my velum sentiment strip to the card front, I used very tiny dots of the same glue on the backs of the larger letters in the sentiment and also behind the die cut stars.

The sentiment on the inside is also from Papertrey and was stamped with PTI's Hawaiian Shores and Memento's London Fog ink.

I enjoyed water coloring on this card, which is something I don't often do because I'm too impatient to wait for things to dry.  But I have to say, the end result is pretty groovy!


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