With the recent cold snap, I decided to make a snowy forest scene using Lavinia Stamps.
Because I wanted to start this piece with a wash of colour, I spritzed the back and the front of a piece of water colour paper. (Spritzing the back of the paper means that it doesn't curl as much). I opted to use the smoother side of the card.
With a very wet paint brush, I brushed three shades of Elements Inks over the top two thirds of the card. I used Blue Lagoon, Mulberry and Merlot. Before I intensified the colour, I placed a small moon mask into position to keep that area slightly lighter.
I gave the card a very quick blast of the heat gun to take the excess moisture away, but leaving the surface still damp. I positioned the torn edge of a piece of copy paper, then stamped the two sizes of Lavinia "Red Pines". First I stamped in "Iced Spruce" Distress Oxide Ink, then in Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink. Removing the piece of copy paper, I then stamped more of the grey trees and then used Versafine Clair "Fantasia" for the mid trees and "Medieval Blue" for the trees in the foreground.
Using "Tumbled Glass" Distress Oxide Ink with a finger dabber, I dabbed along the edge between the sky/tree trunks and the snow. I then used a torn edge of copy paper to add some landscape to the snow area, also using "Iced Spruce" Distress Oxide Ink.
I stamped the Lavinai "Stag" and "Reindeer" in Versafine Clair "Pinecone" and "Morning Mist" so that the colour wasn't a solid black.
I then added some foliage poking through the snow, using Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink to stamp, using the "Foliage Set" and the top of one ot the "Skeleton Tree Scene set".
I removed the moon mask and using Van Goch Pastel Pencils I added extra contrast to the sky and colour to the moon. I did the same to the snowy area.
I used a white acrylic paint to add snow detail to the trees, the stag and the reindeer. I then used the same paint and a fan shaped paint brush to create splatters to replicate snow.
Finally, I edged the card in Versafine Clair "Medieval Blue" ink before mounting it on dark blue card and then on to a white card blank.