Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Marshmallow Snowman

Howdy and hello!  I don't know about your neck of the woods but it has taken an abrupt turn to the cold here.  Yikes!  I'm really not ready for this at all.  I am ready to create with adorable winter type images though.  One of the newest digital stamps "Marshmallow Snowman" from 2 Cute Ink fits the bill.

Can you handle the cuteness?!!

I reduced the transparency of the digital stamp so it would be gray instead of black.  I then printed it out onto watercolor using my laser printer.  Then I picked out several distress inks to use as my watercolors.  I ended up with Chipped Sapphire, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass.  I put clean water down first all around the snowman.  I then used a palette to squish the pads against.  I added water to give them a liquid consistency.  I just started randomly adding the colors to the water already on the background.  I let it sit overnight to dry.

The next day I picked up where I left off.  I mixed a little bit of Pumice stone with water and silver Finetec watercolor.  Again I put down clean water first in the snow area.  I used a brush to dab on the Pumice Stone mixture.  I heat set it and then went back to add more layers until I was happy with the results.  I heat set it again. 

Now I moved onto the snowman himself.  I did all of the small areas first.  Spun Sugar for his cheeks, a mix of Carved Pumpkin and Ripe Persimmon for his nose, Black soot for his hat and buttons and Wilted Violet for the scarf.  I heat set everything.  For the white areas of the snowman, I just kept watering down the black soot until it was pale enough.  I concentrated the darker color near the edge and spread it out with water. After heat setting, I went back and added a few more layers to the scarf, the hat and the body until I got the dimension I was looking for.  Heat set yet again.  I wanted to have even more detail so I went over his stick arms with Black Soot.  I used a black glaze pen on his buttons, his mouth and his eyes.  Once the eyes were dry, I added little dots of white.  I then used the same white gel pen to add highlights to the nose, hat and the snowman body.  I also added the striped detail to the scarf.  I mixed white paint with more of the silver finetec and lightly splattered the entire card front.

Once the card front was dry, I cut it down to a 4 1/4" square.  I glued it onto a 4 1/2" purple layer.  I applied a generous amount of foam tape to the back of the purple paper.  My white card base is a 5 1/8" square.  To the base I glued the striped piece of Doodlebug patterned paper.   The striped paper is cut into 5" square.  I then put all of the layers together.  For the finishing touches I added a couple Doodlebug Sprinkles and a few drops of Crystal Stickles.

Now, hurry over right HERE and pick up this adorable digital stamp for yourself!

Have a fabulous day!

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