Thursday, August 27, 2015

Snowman Reflections!

This week the Stampendous Design Team has been asked, "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?". Of course we wanna build a snowman!  Of course I've also had that song from Frozen stuck in my head all week! We've been featuring the fun Stampendous Build a Snowman Set in our creations.

All the inspiring ideas from the Stampendous Design Team have been snowballing around in my head forming this fun creation using a combination of a Snowman from the Stampendous Build a Snowman set and Dreamweaver products. Our Dreamweaver Thursday is sure to be a blizzard of great ideas from the team.

Here's my snowman for today:

"Reflections of a Snowman"
I just love how his reflection turned out! It is even cooler (pardon the pun!) in person because you can see the glittery, glossy finish of the "pond". But I'm getting ahead of's the how to:

  • Put the snowman pieces you want on an acrylic handle (not the arms yet), ink with Memento Tuxedo Black and stamp the image on white cardstock off toward the left side
  • Ink the stamp again, but this time stamp it onto another acrylic block, then use the acrylic block as your stamp to stamp the reflection underneath the main image, some parts will stamp clearer than others, but that's ok, you don't want the reflection too perfect, this gives you the true reverse image for the reflection
  • Make a mask for the main Snowman by inking the stamp again and stamping it on a post-it note or other thin paper, cut it out along the two sides, set aside for later
  • Take the snowman pieces off and choose one arm to put on the block, ink it and stamp it on the main image, stamp a second time on the reflection (don't reink first, there should be enough to get a light image), this one is not backwards, but it still works! Repeat for the other arm
  • I used a Tuxedo Black Memento Dual Marker to add lines to the scarf and mittens in the main image, and London Fog Memento Dual Marker in the reflection
  • Color the main image, I used Copics - BG10,, BG01, BV00, BV02 for the hat, scarf and mittens, YR21, YR16 on the nose, B0000 to highlight the snowman and snow, C7 on the buttons
  • Color the reflection to match the main image but only use BG10 and BV00 on the hat, scarf and mittens, YR21 on the nose with just the smallest touch of YR16, B0000 on the snowman
  • Place the mask you created over the main image (if your paper isn't sticky, you can put a removable glue dot or two on the back to hold it in place)
  • Place the Snowflake Stencil (DWLJ819) over the top half of the image angling it to avoid the mittens, tape in place with removable tape
  • Use a palette knife to apply Translucent Embossing Paste (DWDEPT) to the snowflake openings, remove the stencil and place it in water for cleaning later, take more Translucent Paste on the palette knife and spread a thin coat of it over the reflection area to create a "pond", sprinkle all the wet paste with  Crystal Snow ultrafine white glitter (GX900U), tap off extra, let paste dry well
  • When the paste has dried, sprinkle Spoonful of Snow Embossing Powder and Elements between the main image and reflection and around the edges of the "pond", heat from below to set
  • Stamp a sentiment from the new Holiday Expressions set (SSC1231) on white with Tuxedo Black ink, mount on purple and blue mats
  • Fold a 7" x 10" piece of blue cardstock in half to form an A7 card, adhere a 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" purple mat to the front
  • Adhere the snowman image, then use foam tape to add the sentiment

I could decide which sentiment to use, so I'm going to have you vote! Here's the other option:

"Reflections of a Snowman II"
Leave me a comment with your vote on which sentiment I should use. Oh, one more thing, can you find my mistake in the reflection? No not the arms, I already mentioned those. I forgot to color the buttons on the main image until after I had the card complete, so there was no way to "fix" the reflection because it has paste over it. It's one of those little things that NO ONE WILL NOTICE!, so don't stress out about little things like that, only you will know!

Time to go build some more snowmen with these great designers:

Happy Creating,


Kristine Reynolds said...

What a fun technique! Love how it turned out! And...I like the second sentiment!

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Oooh I love your snowman reflection! Looks fabulous!

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Oooh I love your snowman reflection! Looks fabulous!

Dee said...

Clever idea to have a reflection of the snowman... so well executed!

Bunny said...

Very creative and cute. Wonderful card.

Pam Hornschu said...

So stinking clever, Louise! Haven't done that technique in forever. I'd love to see this card in person (hint, hint). Thanks for sharing all the details!

Lyn Bernatovich said...

Such a clever card Louise! I love the reflection of the snowman in the pond. Thanks for the stamping tip!

Stampendous said...

Clever and fantastic! Such a great technique with some sparkly fun added to the pond, too. Thank you for sharing such a fun project with us today.

Carolina Kathy said...

I really like your reflection idea! Fabulous card!! Love the sentiment you used as well. Thanks for sharing.

Carolina Kathy said...

I really like your reflection idea! Fabulous card!! Love the sentiment you used as well. Thanks for sharing.

Viki Banaszak said...

What an awesome technique! I love the way your reflection looks!

barbara macaskill said...

LOVE how you did the reflection!! I prefer the second sentiment but if I was mass producing them I would go with the first one because it is more generic!
Totally awesome card and I am definitely going to attempt to do a reflection card! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!!