Here's the finished card that, if you participate in WOYWW, you would have spotted partially done on my desk yesterday. The topper is my second attempt - messed up the stamping on the first - and I'd say this was my first really successful attempt at brayering - I do believe I've got the hang of it now :)
I used what I think is termed a resist technique on the background. To do this I started by stamping the Let It Snow stamp with VersaMark, then dotted the fine tip of a VersaMark randomly over the card to form the snowflakes. I then used blue ink and the brayer, as per Barbara Gray, over about two-thirds of the card for the sky and just a swipe or two over the bottom right hand corner which gives a hint of blue and no more. Topper is matted on to holographic card and two shades of blue, dark and medium, and the base is the palest shade of blue.
I did make the mistake of stamping the row of houses with Archival Ink so had to use AquaMarkers to colour them. It was serendipity, because I actually like the effect of the pastel colours and the houses now look like those on the waterfront at Tobermory, Isle of Mull - also known as Balamory! The snow is made using the very fine iridescent glitter I found at the craft show in Glasgow last week.
Just a simple insert - the edges are stamped using a favourite Hero Arts stamp.
I rescued the stamped area from the first attempt, trimmed it down and adhered it to the back.
- Cardstock: Papermania Textured Cardstock in three shades of blue; Claritystamp white matt-coated A6 postcard; silver holographic card
- Stamps: Docrafts, Penelope & Percy Christmas Greetings; Claritystamp, Street, No.55 & Tree, No. 59; Hero Arts, Wavy Stars
- Inks & Pens: Adirondack, Stonewashed; Archival Ink, Jet Black; AquaMarkers, Aquamarine, Straw Yellow; Rose Carmine, Sepia
- Insert: White copy paper
- Embellishments: Very fine iridescent glitter; blue card candy