I printed the image on watercolor paper. I masked the image with masking fluid so I can create the background by blending Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Salty Ocean. Using Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil, I applied some Wendi Vecchi Embossing paste, making sure I fill up the holes on the stencil. I poured some Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing powder to the paste while it is wet. Make sure you clean your stencil and palette knife after use. You can either wipe it with a baby wipe or by soaking it in soapy water.
Once the paste is dry, using the heat gun, I heat the powder. I colored the owl and the branch using Tim Holtz Distress Inks by rubbing the ink pad onto the craft mat, and picking it up with a water brush. The tree branch is short for my lay-out. I extended the branch while I was coloring it. When it got dry, I drew lines using a black marker.
To add the embellishments, I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Holiday Sayings stamp set on a wood patterned paper. I embossed the sentiment using Versamark ink and HA White embossing powder. I inked the edges to hide the white core of the patterned paper. I stamped a holly from the same stamp set to one of the vines. I inked the leaves with a green ink first, stamped it. I stamped the image several times on scrap paper to make sure the green ink is cleared, then I selectively inked the hollies with red ink. You can draw the hollies using a red marker if you find this process too tedious.
To complete the tic-tac-toe, I need candles or lanterns in my creation. I would love to use lanterns but I don't have a lantern stamp. The candle is from Technique Tuesday Say It-Happy Stamp set. I stamped this on Neenah Solar White and colored it with Copic markers. I fuzzy cut the candles.
To further embellish the owl, and cover up an unpleasant mix of embossing paste and masking fluid, I stamped a Santa hat from Paper Smooches Merry Motif stamp set on Neenah paper. I colored it with Copic which I later added Spectrum Noir Sparkle. This stamp set comes with a matching die which leaves a white margin between the edge and the stamped image. I fuzzy cut the image to make it consistent with the owl who doesn't have a white margin. I ran a black brush marker to the edges to create a finish look. I filled in the fuzzy part of the hat with glue and poured Wow! White Puff Powder to it, then heat set it.
It is time to put the card together. I created a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square card using Lawn Fawn Stitched Lines dies. I used the largest die to cut an Echo Park Keepin' Cozy patterned paper. I created a window to fit the watercolored panel by using the 3rd largest square die. My watercolor panel turned out to be slightly smaller than this square. I was planning to inlay it. Change of plans! I cut a navy cardstock large enough to cover the window. I spritz this with WPlus9 Shimmer Spray mist. I dried it using a heat gun. Wow! The effect of the spray! Love the glimmer!
I adhered this navy blue cardstock on a white base notecard. I adhered the red windowed pattern paper on top. I adhered the watercolor panel but added fun foam to give it a bit of dimension and show off the glimmer of that sparkly navy blue cardstock. I adhered the sentiment with foam tape. I adhered the candles and the Santa hat using Ranger Matte Multi-Medium. I applied sparkles to the candles and the owl with clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle. I added Nuvo Dandelion Crystal Drops to the candles as last embellishment.
Seems like a lot of work, right? But it was fun creating this scene.
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