Hello Everyone! I am back with the 2nd post in the COOLest Card Series for 2016! I am hosting this card series every Thursday in January. It’s the COOLest Cards Series and it will be featuring snowman and snowflakes! Yep, you read that correctly. This summer loving, winter hating girl LOVES snowman and snowflakes- just as long as I don’t need to feel the cold! Ha! Two years ago I hosted this series, and last year I just didn’t get around to doing it. I missed it. It was so much fun and a great way for me to use all the snow related supplies I have collected!
See week 1: Stencils, Paper Smooches
This year Audrey another snow loving creative friend is sharing along with me. That means more inspiration for you! I am also inviting you to participate with us and of course that gives you a chance to win some AWESOME prizes!!!
This week the theme is Watercolor. Audrey and I are featuring My Favorite Things but you can use any company as long as the project is SNOW themed AND you use Watercolor in some way.
You might remember this sneak peek on instagram a few weeks ago. I was working WAY ahead on blog posts as I knew I would be at CHA and had to schedule some posts ahead of time. (I will be sharing more about my CHA trip later this week, I promise!)
Instead of going the more traditional route and coloring in images with watercolor I used Distress Spray Stains to create my background, and splattered some water to make splotches. I used Cracked Pistachio, and Peacock Feathers. I then spritzed a bit of Perfect Pearl Mists in Pearl. I find if you use any of the Perfect Pearl Mists to definitely heat set them- it seems to bring out the shimmer a lot more! I then inked the edges of the background with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.
I die-cut the Pierced Snowflakes from My Favorite Things. I just LOVE these snowflakes- the detail in them is so beautiful! I spritzed them with Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain, then Pearl Perfect Pearl Mist and then dripped some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine Spray on them. I heat set them as well to get the most shimmer.
The sentiment was colored the same way as the background, then I cut Lawn Fawn’s Scripty Hello from it. I backed it with a black hello to. Lastly I put a generous layer of glossy accents over the sentiment.
And as I mentioned last week I am trying to send out more cards to friends this year. Share Handmade Kindness! So I am making my cards in batches this year. It doesn’t take that much more time to make three instead of just 1 🙂
Participate in the COOLest Card Series:
You will have 3 chances to win each week
- Link up your card below ( creating a card with a snow theme AND using watercolor)
- Leave a comment on this blog post
We will announce all winners February 4th, so you have until February 3rd to participate. Each week we will have a new theme and another prize! Also if you are sharing your creation on social media feel free to use #COOLestcardseries when posting!
Deadline: February 3rd at 3p ET. You will know when the deadline has past because you will not able to submit a new link through the Link Box. (Winners will be announced here at shurkus.com on February 4th) Note: I realize adding links this way may be new to some of my readers, I found Kristina Werner has a great tutorial on how to add a link to a link up here.
Edited to add: I noticed after posting this that this card is perfect for the My Favorite Things Color Challenge that is going on right now! Be sure to check it out!