Friendship Cards, Winter Cards

Good Friends Are Like Stars…


Hi there, happy almost-weekend!

Today I wanted to use another beautiful sentiment from the Honey Bee Stamps Friendship stamp set.  I think this sentiment is perfect for the many friendships that I’ve made online!

I started by working on the sky background.  I taped a piece of Canson XL Watercolor paper to my work surface and used a flat brush to brush clean clear water all over it.  I wet some Daniel Smith Phthalo Blue and Indigo from my palette and brushed it used a  slightly smaller flat brush to add color to the panel, concentrating the darker color at top, and shifting to the lighter color at bottom.  I used a heat tool to speed the drying process and then repeated the steps, wetting with clean clear water and adding blue, to intensify the color.

While the panel was drying, I worked on the snowman which is from the Honey Bee Stamps Snow Buddies stamp set.  I stamped him and his scarf in Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink onto Neenah Solar White cardstock.  Then I used B0000, B000, and B00 to add just a bit of shading around his edges.  For his nose and scarf, I used YR21, Y38, and YR18.  I fussy cut him and the scarf out, and then used a Brother ScanNCut2 to cut out his arms, which I’d stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink.

I created a small hill of snow but cutting a curve out of Neenah Solar White.  I added a bit of shading with the B000 and B00 markers, with just a touch of C0 (not that you can even tell there’s any color in the photo!).

With the panel dry, I used Wow! Embossing Pad and white Hero Arts embossing powder to heat emboss the sentiment and the stars onto the background.  Then I used white gouache and a small paintbrush to add a bit of splatter towards the top of the card, to mimic stars, though they could just as well be snowflakes.

I adhered the hill flush to the background and then stamped the word “but” onto the snowman because he was going to cover up that part of the sentiment.  I adhered his bottom flush to the hill and then added foam tape behind his head for a bit of dimension.

To finish, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks so much for visiting!


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