a snowman tale featuring Spellbinders


 Hello my fabulous friends!

I'm back with another new Spellbinders stamp from the July release...   This one is called Friendly Snowmen... and I was eager to start coloring this one when it arrived!
I love painting snowmen... I'm not sure why, but it's true! Currently my favorite snow color is Daniel Smith's Kyanite. It gives great shadows, yet fades into nothingness with ease... it also has just a bit of sparkle in it, perfect for snow! 

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Anyway... My eagerness to jump in and start painting is fairly normal for me.. but it sometimes leaves me a little unsure of what to do after coloring... I just jump in and hope the rest of the design falls into place...

Paper: Canson cold press watercolor paper

Stamp: Spellbinders Friendly Snowmen

Ink: Inkon3 Fadeout ink

Color: Watercolor

Hot foil plates: Spellbinders Gifts of Christmas, Essentials Glimmer Label, Esentials Duo Lines Glimmer Rectangle

Foil: Spellbinders Silver

I couldn't wait to start painting the snowman, so I stamped him in Fadeout ink (any light ink works), and jumped... I wasn't really sure where the card was going at this point..

Once I was finished paining, I still had no idea where I was going with this card... the only thing I knew for sure was that the snowman looked sad all by himself with nothing to do... 

So I gave him a tree to enjoy! The tree is just scribbles with the paintbrush... nothing fancy. However, the snowman looked much happier after I added the tree.. 

While the snowman was happy, the tree looked a little sad... So the snowman offered to decorate it...

I used a pencil to sketch in a string going from the snowman's hands and wrapping around the tree. When I was happy with the line, I used a pen to finalize it.

I tried painting some lights along the string, but it just never looked right.. Finally I added some rhinestones to give it some sparkle and dimension.... 

Finally! A happy snowman and a happy tree!

After adding a foiled border around the stamped panel using the Essentials Duo Lines Rectangles hot plate set, I used the new Gifts of Christmas hot plate set for the sentiment. The sentiment fits perfectly inside one of the Essentials Glimmer Label, so that tied everything together. 

So... am I the only one who makes up stories about the characters on the cards they are making? 😂

I hope you enjoyed the peek inside my head while creating this card!

You can find Friendly SnowmenGifts of Christmas, and so much more over on the Spellbinders website.

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