Hello my friends! I just had to make one more Christmas card. I had an idea in my head and wanted to try out our new Blending Brushes that will be in the upcoming new January to June catalogue. I had seen these brushes on other sites but hadn't tried them out until now. They are AMAZING! If you like to sponge or blend your ink colours you have to get these when they are available January 5th. They blend so well and so easily it is unbelievable. I was concerned about having to have one brush per colour but you really only need one per colour group ie blues, reds, greens, etc. The colour doesn't cross over from earlier usage. If you really want to clean them I have heard you can wash them with mild soap and rinse well. You will want to leave them overnight to thoroughly dry.
I started by using the Layering Circle Dies to cut a small circle from a Post-It Note. I attached it to a piece of Whisper White cardstock where I thought my moon should be. Then I started sponging using the Blending Brushes. You always start with your lightest shade and then move on to your darkest. On this card, I used Balmy Blue, Pacific Point and then Night of Navy. Once I had my sky all sponged in, I removed the Post-It Note and then added a little bit of So Saffron to my moon so it didn't look so starkly white.
Then I stamped the group of trees from the Snow Front stamp set using Shaded Spruce ink. I stamped full strength and then stamped a second and third time so there would be differing shades of ink. I then stamped the cabin using Early Espresso ink. Beside the cabin, I added a couple of single trees using Shaded Spruce ink again.
To make the snow bank look more realistic, I added another piece of Whisper White cardstock to the bottom of the card. Before attaching it, I tore the edge so it would have a rough edge and look more snow bank like. I stamped the sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas using Jet Black Staz On ink. To make the snow glisten, I covered the entire snow bank in Wink of Stella. That is why I used the Staz On ink rather than my usual Tuxedo Black Memento ink. If I had used that, it could have smeared when I added the Wink of Stella.
Once this was completely dry, I added this piece to a piece of Basic Black cardstock. I love how matting a picture on Basic Black makes all of the colours pop. I then added this to a Thick Whisper White card base using dimensionals. I am quite pleased with how this card turned out, especially the blending of the colours using the new brushes. They are really incredible!
What I used for today's card:
Blending Brushes (available Jan 5/2021)
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed today's card. I can't recommend these new Blending Brushes enough. They make blending so easy. I think this will be my last Christmas card of the season but I just had to use this set. Once I get an idea for a card I have to make it whether I need it or not. I do know exactly who will receive this card though. It is for a friend of mine who is very creative and loves to sponge.
Stay safe and keep creating!