Hello and welcome to Lili of the Valley! We can’t wait to share the stamping treats brought along by their fabulous designer Claudia Rosa. Let’s get started!
Sentiment: Stampin up
Copic X-Press Blending Cardstock
Basic Grey “Eskimo Kiss” 6×6 paper pad
All these pens and accessories from Sir Stampalot:
Scarf/Holly: YG000/ YG91/YG95
Star: Y 38
Prisma Color Pencils: Black and Non photo Blue PC919
Twinkles on the ground for snow
Stickles in Star Dust on snowflakes
Snowflake dies are by Marianne Design
Gamsol (Mineral Spirits) and assorted blending stumps
Martha Stewart icicle
Spellbinder grand circle Cutting Die
Martha Stewart icicle punch
White Gel pen – from Inkessentials
Hemp/ pink ribbon and diamond shape ribbon from The Ribbon Girl
Large plastic snowflake – art supply store
Here’s how to make Claudia’s card
Choose your paper – Pick a paper pad that looks nice with the image; in this case papers were chosen to provide a “cold” background pattern. You can always use a paper with a pattern you don’t even like, but it has to have the right colours. The pattern can be minimized by using these papers for the bottom layer of your card if you choose a card design with 2 or more layers and a couple of strategically placed embellishments over those things you do not want to show!
Stamp your image using a dye-based ink pad and cut it out using a large circular Spellbinder Die; this was to cover as much of the blue paper as possible as it’s quite busy and it also provides enough room to be able to add zig zag stitching to the focal point image for some extra texture. I also added some extra snowflakes using Multiliner pen to fill in some of the white area.
How to colour the image
Have some scrap paper available to test your colours, combinations and techniques. It’s best to always start with skin first. It minimizes the risk of contaminating another other colour into the light flesh tones. Then colour the background, typically in either blue or grey. Because this is blended with Gamsol, you won’t risk smearing colour into the background and also then the foreground colours will have a strong contrast. This gives it that pop!
Next pick the colour that will to be the most dominant on your card – here it is the pink on her coat. Then pick a smaller element to colour in a darker tone, here her purse and shoes were done in brown.
As the leaves of the poinsettias must be green, look on the image what else could be coloured in green which would balance this colour naturally. It’s best to add the same colour to something on the opposite side, so in this case the scarf could be green as well as of course the holly leaves. Similarly, the flowers are red, so this same red was added to the chests of the birds. The birds each got a different shade of brown, as did the plant container. At this point you can see which areas need “more” color. The brown of her shoes is pretty dark, so to reduce the contrast with the background, some more blue was added to the sky area and some more pink to her dress until the contrast of all the colour areas work well together.
Keep the most dominant colour in the centre of the image and then work the colour outwards and keep in mind where you plan to have the light source, using the darker tones for the features opposite the light source.
Add very wide soft pink silk ribbons to soften and brighten the red brocade pattern.
Add crochet lace in white to mimic the ice.
Add a large snowflake as an embellishment to finish off the card.