An Ink Blended Christmas Eve

Hello! Niki here, and I just have to tell you that I love the Dash Away Stamp Set from this month's release! It’s so versatile – the sheer number of cards you can make with this set is fantastic. Of course, the first thing I did with it was to create a Distress Ink blended Christmas Eve scene.

I couldn’t resist. The little silhouette stamps are perfect, don’t you think?

The first thing I did was cut my card front pieces: one 4″ x 5-1/4″ rectangle of Neenah Solar White, and the snowy hill section, which measures 5-1/4″ long by about 1-1/4″ at the low point. I used Royal Sundance Felt Cardstock for that piece since it has a snowy-looking texture.

To figure out where I needed to start with the blending, I drew a light pencil line where I planned to put the hill.

Next, I blended my ink color in from the sides starting with the lightest, Scattered Straw, then moving on to Seedless Preserves and finally to Chipped Sapphire at the top.

It took a few layers of color to get the blend I was looking for but when it was done, I let it dry just a little bit.  Then, I added a few flicks of water with my paintbrush to make the beginning of a snowfall.

I re-drew my pencil line at this point and aligned all my stamps in a Mini MISTI. I stamped the images with Versafine CLAIR in Nocturne. You know, if you make a bunch of backgrounds first, you can mass produce these cards!

Then, I adhered my snowy hill over the bottom of the inked panel and attached the card front to an A2 card base. And to finish up, I drew some tiny stars with a Silver Star GellyRoll Pen.

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