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Winter Wishes

Hello Everyone,

My name is Franka and I’ve been a Hobby Art Design Team member for several years. Because I live in the Netherlands my English isn’t my best part, so normally I only design cards. But I heard that there where many questions about my cards, so I’ve made a blogpost for you to explain one of them. I have used a lot of photos because I hope they give you more information than my English text 🙂

Before we start here is a list with materials that you need:
– white card 10 x 15 cm
– brown cardstock
– sticky paper
– a stencil with an 8 cm circle
– some extra paper to tear a mountain
– Memento Ink: Rich Cacao and London Fog
– Versafine Ink: Vintage Sepia
– Versamark Ink
– WOW embossing powder: Opaque Bright White or any other white embossing powder
– Adirondack Ink: Caramel and Stonewash
– Hobby Art Stamp sets: Nature Trail and Christmas Post
– Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Weathered Wood, Black Soot, Ground Espresso,   Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen

Step 1:
Place the stencil with the circle over your card. Sponge the lower part of the circle with Distress Ink Antique Linen. Sponge the upper part with Distress Ink Tumbled Glass.


Step 2:
Tear some paper to use for the mountains. Sponge the mountains with Adirondack Caramel and don’t use too much ink. On the photo you see I used the mountain paper 3 times.
When you begin to sponge the mountains begin with the lowest one, then the central one and end with the highest one.


Step 3:
Take some sticky paper and cut a circle of 4 cm. This is your sun. Place this sun somewhere half behind your mountains. Sponge with Adirondack Stonewash around this sun. Beware of putting blue ink into your mountains. On the photo you see where you have to sponge.


Step 4:
At the end sponge some extra ink around the edges of the circle to create more depth. Sponge Distress Ink Vintage Photo for the lowest part and Adirondack Stonewash Ink for the upper part.


Now starts the stamping part. The Hobby Art stamp sets I’ve used are:

Nature Trail – CS138D
Nature Trail

Christmas Post – CS068D
Christmas Post

 Step 5:
Now you can remove your sticky paper sun. When you stamp the small pine tree you have to use the teared mountain paper again. I stamped the small pine tree with Memento London Fog. You start stamping with the most highest tree on the left site.


Step 6:
Then you stamp the small deer with Memento Rich Cocoa. Place her at the right site of your landscape and just stamp a part of her. Now it looks like she looks around the corner.
After that you stamp the large pine tree with Memento Rich Cocoa too. Stamp this tree in between the small pine trees and the small deer.


Step 7:
Now you can remove your torn paper for the next step. Stamp the small dove near the sun. I stamped it with Memento London Fog.
At the bottom of the circle I stamped some small ‘bushes’ with Adirondack Caramel. Use not only the first print, but also the second print too. This gives more depth in your landscape.


Step 8:
Now you can remove your circle stencil. Take the Post stamp of the Christmas Post stamp set and stamp it at the right upper corner of your circle. I stamped it with Memento Rich Cocoa.
On this photo you see how your landscape could look like, but feel free to play with other landscape designs.


Step 9:
Now you start with the colour section.
The small deer and the dove I coloured with Derwent colour Pencils. You have to colour it with pencils because it is stamped with Memento Ink. This is a water based ink and gives a reaction with Distress Ink, for example.


Step 10:
I stamped the birch trunk and the big deer on watercolor paper. I stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia so I can colour it in with Distress Ink or other water based Inks or Zig Markers. The colours I used for the birch and the big deer are: Distress Inks Weathered Wood, Black Soot, Ground Espresso, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo.

When you finish your coloring, give the birch and the deer their right position on your card. Now you can see where you have to stamp the sentiment Winter Wishes. I stamped this sentiment with Versafine Vintage Sepia.


Step 11:
The next step is to white emboss the snowflakes. You can emboss them randomly on your card, but always choose an odd number, for example  3 or 5 snowflakes. When you emboss these snowflakes you hardly see them. To make them more visible put a little Distress Ink around them. I used Distress Ink Weathered Wood. But be careful!!!! Use a very, very little ink.
At the end I drew some lines around the mountains with a silver pen. It looks like a thin layer of snow. And I draw some snowflakes with 3 small points close together.

When you´re happy with the results, you glue the birch and the big deer on your card. Mat your card on brown cardstock and you have a wonderful winter or Christmas card.


I hope you enjoy this step-by-step tutorial and we look forward to seeing your results.


Busy Bees


Hi All, 

I’ve had quite a few requests for Busy Bees to go on the gallery. This is especially for Sarah Kallender who I promised these quite a while ago (I always get there eventually with reminders) Sorry for the delay and there will be more coming soon when they get their TV debut (so I will update then)

Thank you for your patience

Becki 😀