Today I have a video of a watercoloured, layered snowflake background to share with you that I used to make a card and the leftovers I used for a matching tag. Unfortunately, we have heavy rain here, and my overhead photos don’t do this background justice, but if you scroll down a little to the close-up angle photo, now that’s what I’m talking about! There’s muted watercolour over heat embossed snowflakes, glitter paste through a stencil on top and combined with a few glittery die cut snowflakes. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used.
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To start this card, I used the Outline Snowflakes cling background stamp from Simon Says Stamp and a piece of Arches Hot Pressed watercolour card. I treated the card with an anti-static powder bag. This leaves a light layer of powder over the card and helps to prevent embossing powder randomly sticking everywhere. I used clear embossing ink from Simon Says Stamp and stamped and pressed the background firmly onto the card a few times to ensure there was plenty of ink for the embossing powder to stick to. I then sprinkled with white embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp and using a pre-heated heat tool, melted the powder to reveal the smooth, raised lines of the heat embossing. These lines resisted the watercolour I painted on top.
I taped the piece down to a wooden board to help prevent warping. I wet the panel with clear water and then brought in Daniel Smith watercolours, in particular, Cascade Green which is a colour I often use for leaves; it has a lovely grey-green colour but also a touch of earthy tones mixed in. I also used Ultramarine Turquoise to bring in some blue-green to the mixture. I love how these colours worked together in a grey-green-blue medley. While the paint was still wet, I splattered on my favourite solution of perfect pearls mixture. Usually, I splatter this mixture onto a dry surface but while the background was still wet, the perfect pearls mixed and blended with the watercolours living sparkly highlights. I repeated the watercolour layering process a couple more times, and I love the final muted, sparkly background.
Now that I had the embossed snowflakes with lovely subtle watercolour over the top, I wanted to add another layer and more texture to the background and to do this I used the Tap Dance stencil and Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone. I spread the paste gently over the grid of dots using the same motion as I would to spread butter or jam. You could leave the glimmer paste to air dry but I used a heat tool to speed the process up, and this also caused the paste to bubble and crust over slightly creating more sparkle and texture.
I die cut the Holiday Words On A Line dies from Midnight Green card and then added the watercoloured background to a piece of Neenah Solar White card with Gina K glue runner, leaving a portion of the white card showing at the top. I used Gina K Connect glue to add the delicate die cut along the top border of the watercoloured panel before trimming off any excess so that the panel was just smaller than an A2 card base and then adhered the panel to a white card base with foam adhesive. I die cut an Alicia Snowflake and a few Rina Snowflakes from white card and played around with the arrangement. In the end, I decided on three Rina snowflakes cascading down the card front. I rubbed Ranger Multi Medium Matte over the snowflakes and dunked them into Tim Holtz Dry Rock Candy Distress Glitter before adding them to the card front with Gina K connect glue. I added a few Enchanting sequins and Dewdrops Diamonds from Little Things By Lucy’s Cards as the finishing touch.
I kept the leftover pieces of watercolour snowflake background I had trimmed away and used one piece along with the unused Alicia Snowflake and the other Holiday Words On A Line die cut I’d not used to create a matching tag using the Stitched Dress Up Tag die from Simon Says Stamp.
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D