Sunday, December 2, 2012

Winter Scene

A new month, and of course a new challenge theme at Craft a Scene. This month we are focusing on winter scenes, a broad theme, perfect for Christmas cards. Don't miss the fabulous DT cards, full of inspiration.

For my first scene of the month, I did a snowy hill using soft colouring:

I often make my snowy scenes blue, but here I used shades of teal and grey instead. The stamping was done with Archival Jet Black, except for the texture, which was stamped with Weather Wane ink. It's often a good idea to add some texture to snow areas, and not leave them totally white. The grass stamp also serves the purpose of creating a border between the hill and the sky. Before stamping the trees and the deer, wipe off the base of the trunk and the feet with a paper towel, so that it looks like they are standing in the snow.

The scene was coloured with dye inks using a Colorbox Stylus tool, starting with the lightest colour and gradually building up darker colours (see this tutorial). I was being careful when colouring, to not overdo it, since I wanted this scene to have a light and airy feel to it.

Snow and highlights were added with a white gel pen and white pigment ink was dry-brushed here and there on the scene to increase the snowy feeling and create shine. Its a great way to create snow.

After stamping the foreground branches, I cleaned the stamp, and stamped it again with white pigment ink. I also stamped all over the scene with the white pigment ink, using a grass texture stamp, also in the sky.

The falling snow is easy to make, just do some slightly larger dots with a white gel pen and then add a dot of white pigment ink on top, with a cotton swab. Dab it off on scrap paper first, otherwise you get too much white pigment ink on the scene. Spray with a fixative to protect the ink.

Thank you for looking! I hope you will join us this month and show us your winter scenes. Our sponsor this month is Robyn's Fetish digi stamps.

Happy Stamping!

Anna-Karin


Supplies:
Stamps: Stampscapes: Buck Lg. 009B, Ducks in Formation 027A, Leafless Limbs 052C, Tree Trunk 087F, Tree Trunk Trio 088F, Rock 129B, Rock Duo Sm. 131A, Sedge Filler 251C, Tall Grass Sm. 254B, Prickly Branches 272G, Stump Sm. 303A,Sentiment sheet
Ink: Archival Ink Jet Black, Adirondack dye ink: Aqua, Stonewashed, Espresso, Hazelnut, Pebble; Jenni Bowlin ink: Weather Wane, Speckled Egg; Distress Ink: Antique Linen; Memento: Teal Seal, Grey Flannel; Colorbox Frost White
Surfaces: Kromecote glossy cardstock

12 comments:

NancyD said...

This is such a gorgeous scene Anna-Karin. I love how you made your snowflakes. NancyD

Sally H said...

Totally stunning! You are so gifted!

inkypinkycraft said...

a truly beautiful make trace x

YuliaM said...

Fantastic winter!

Bea said...

Very very nice!!!!!!

Miae said...

Your scenes amaze me everytime! So talented!

butterfly said...

A simply stunning winter scene, Anna-Karin... I can almost hear the crunch underfoot and feel the cold air in my lungs. Beautiful!
Alison x

Linby said...

oh wow! This is absolutely amazing work, so detailed and atmospheric.
Linbyx

Ellie Knol said...

Hoe kry jy dit reg? Dit is pragtig!

lada_vl said...

With what skill your works are made! Thanks for detailed and useful tutorials!

Daria said...

So incredibly beautiful! Thank you for explaining what you did. I like the colors you chose for this winter scene; they appear very natural.

Rein said...

Fabulous winter card!