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08/05/2016

Fri 05

Snowy Grand Pine
by JJ Bolton

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Hi everyone!  I'm one of those weird people that love to make Christmas cards in the heat of summer (it's still very hot here in Virginia).  So today I made a card using the large Grand Pine die over a watercolored snowy sky scene.  Using the negative space as your design is probably one of my favorite things to do.  

I started by die cutting a panel with the Grand Pine die.  Then I used regular pan watercolors and powdered watercolors to paint the background.  For this type of project, I like to die cut my design first and then color to make sure the colors are in the right spot.  The snow spots were made using white mist paint that I tap onto the card, not mist.  The watercolor paper tends to curl up when it dries, so I dry it a bit with my heat gun and then place it under a large acrylic block to flatten out.  

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Before I glued the panel to the card base, I ground the tree by cutting off the bottom part of the panel.  This also gives you a nice blank space to stamp a sentiment!  I glued the panel onto the card base wit spray adhesive.  This works the best when you have a really intricate die cut like this one.  The last thing I added was a gold star.  I found just the right size in the Stitched Star Cutout set.  

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Isn't that a great sentiment?  Seems very appropriate for the card:)   Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

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Comments

Stunning! TFS your lovely art work!

This is gorgeous, elegant and fabulous. Love the tree and the sentiment.

Hi JJ, I love this snowy background, really gorgeous, and I love how you have used the 'negative' from the pine tree, a really lovely card.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

so cool, love the background, looks like a nice chilly night sky

Beautiful card and gorgeous background ,JJ !

Love that background and great use of the negative too.

Wow! Thank you for sharing your step by step for creating this amazing card! I also create stencils with my die cuts. The tip about weighting down the watercolour paper will solve the frustration I have been having, thank you!
Jacquelene L
Canada

The watercolor background you made is wonderful. I love the pine tree die.

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