German Phrase of the Day: Ich kann ihn reparieren. = I can fix it. A phrase my husband uses quite a lot, and now my daughter has picked it up too. However, for today, it is appropriate, because I did fix it. A card at least!
Remember this card? The one I was not totally happy with? Well...I kept playing with it, and I think this new and improved version is indeed that...new and improved!
For this remake, I centered the window image left to right, but left it up near the top of a portrait oriented card. Next, I decided to have it be a true "window" card, and so the stamped image is INSIDE the card. Next, I covered the window with a light layer of glue from my glue pad, and then covered it with Dazzling Diamonds glitter to make the window really sparkle with frost, and to keep the glitter contained, I adhered a second window to the back to sandwich the glitter together.
Next, I created the frame for the window. I mitered my corners, and lightly sponged some River Rock ink around all edges of the 4 pieces to give them a little more depth. For the window muntons, I ran them through my white craft to give them some highlighting. Then, I assembled my window onto the card, having already layered a piece of sponged River Rock designer prints paper. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment on the bottom right corner. I thought about making some curtains, but decided they might look to kitschy, and I wanted something more elegant.
Next, I painted some white craft ink onto the window in each pane from the back. You can see it a little better in the photo of the open card. I like how it mimics the way snow and ice can build up on a window in those corners.
I stamped the snowman building image using my Palette Noir ink, and colored it in with ink and my aquapainter. I used Ruby Red for the snowman's scarf and hat band because I think it gives a truer red when watercolored than real red does. I used Soft Sky and Blue Bayou for the little boy, and pretty in pink and Regal Rose for the little girl. I of course added a little rosiness to their cheeks since they are out in the cold! I decided if the one on the left were a little taller, it could be my brother and I when we were young. Before finishing, I added some shadows with going grey to the snowman and the snow. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment on the bottom to give it a more finished look inside.
It was really weird for me to make a card without any ribbon, or even any hardware at all. I still look at it and think, can't I just add a little something more? But I like the absence of that, it helps to keep the focus on the image itself, which I just love!
Supplies: (all supplies are SU! unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Got Snow? by GinaK Designs
CS: Stamper's Select White from PaperTrey Ink, River Rock, River Rock Designer Prints DSP
Ink: Palette Noir, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, River Rock, White Craft, Ruby Red, Regal Rose, Going Grey
Acc: sponge, aquapainter, Glue pad, dazzling diamonds glitter, acetate sheet