Saturday, December 26, 2020

A Snowman and His Shadow

I learned so much during the Virtual Stamp Night challenges on SCS. They stretched me and helped me to step out of my normal style, which is always a good thing, I think. The card in this post is actually the last one I did. It wasn't the last one presented in VSN, but I'll admit it kind of intimidated me so I kept bypassing it and doing others instead. I guess I secretly thought if I didn't finish the challenges then I could avoid it. LOL.

Silly me. There was no need to fear this challenge. After all, Lydia had an excellent video of two options to use for creating the needed shadow for her Light and Shadow Need Each Other Challenge. Check out her video - HERE. It really does make this very easy to do.

I didn't have any graphite paper, so I had to go with her second option. That being said, I really like the way option one looks and wish I'd had graphite paper so I could have done that.

I used Raisin Boat (SumMore Fun) stamps to create my simple scene.

As per Lydia's directions, I first stamped the snowman (where I wanted him in my scene) and then also stamped a mask of him to use in creating the scene. He's from the Raisin Boat Believe in Christmas stamp set.

After cutting out the mask, I covered him up and ten cut a mask of the snowy hillside, being sure to overlap it over the base of the snowman to keep him from "floating" in my scene.

I didn't have a background stamp so instead I used snowflake stamps (from three different Raisin Boat stamp sets - Dear Santa, Holiday Hang Ups, and Tangled Tinsel) to create the snowy sky.

I then removed the snow bank mask and using the backside of the snowman stamp I stamped his shadow onto my paper. Isn't that clever? Thanks to Lydia... of course I would have never thought to do that without her "how to" video.

I then used the reverse piece of the snowbank I cut and protected the sky while blending some blue ink to the edge of the snowbank.

After that I simply removed the snowman mask and colored him. I also added a little blending of ink to the edge of the sky. I added three snowflake brads and then assembled the card.

This is such an easy technique to do. I would highly recommend it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp Sets: SumMore Fun Believe in Christmas stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers and Raisin Boat Dear Santa, Holiday Hang Ups, and Tangled Tinsel stamped with Lawn Fawn Moonstone Ink

Paper: Accent Opaque 120# White and SU Misty Moonlight CS

Die: Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Stitch

Embellishments: Snowflake Brads from an unknown vendor


Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Very nice shadow effect. You did an awesome job!

Barb said...

How Cool. I will need to check out the video and see how to do this! Sweet Card!

Lynn McAuley said...

Great job! I love your shadowed snowman!