Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Snow Goose

Well winter has officially set in around these parts.  Its -20 degrees Celsius without factoring in the windchill today.  We still have tons of Canadian Geese right now but I'm guessing if the weather stays this cold they'll be making the trek south very shortly.  And I honestly can't blame them; if I could I'd pick sunny Florida over a cold winter I'd be gone in a flash!

I made this card for my Father-in-laws birthday.  I was inspired to use the Festive Flurry Framelits by a card that Michelle Zindorf made using the same Framelits in a similar fashion.  I changed it up a bit by adding an extra layer of matting around the outer edge of my Framelit.  If you'd like to see how I did it, check out my Decorative Edging & Matting Video for basic instructions.

The background was created using the sponging and masking techniques on Whisper White cardstock.  I began with my darker color (Coastal Cabana) along the outer edges and blended inwards to soften the color.  I then added my lightest color (Blushing Bride) just in the center of the image.  The snowbanks were masked with a post it and sponged.  I added the stamped grass last using two shades of ink (Crushed Curry, Baked Brown Sugar) for some added shading.  The goose was stamped on Whisper White cardstock, shaded with Basic Gray ink and a blender pen then cut out with paper snips then adhered with a dimensional.  When I assembled the card I felt it still a little lacking and plain so I added dots to both the image and entire cardstock front with a white gel pen.


Stamp sets: Wetlands
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Gray
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Blushing Bride, Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry, Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Gray
Accessories: Festive Flurries Framelits, Burlap Ribbon, Antique Brads, White Gel Pen, Tombow liquid adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

Before I sign off for today I must mention the amazing sale that's running from today, Nov 20th through December 2nd!
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Deborah Smart said...

Your projects are always so inspiring, Melissa - thanks so much for sharing how you do, what you do!
I love the colours and blending in this card; I'll have to give it a try (again - thanks for the directions!)

Cary said...

Oh my! I love it!

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Absolutely beautiful. Your sponging reminds me of your Northern Lights. The frame is awesome. Love the goose too.

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