I’ve always wanted to have a white Christmas, but in the South it is very very rare.  To be able to feel the brisk cool air on your warm skin.  The feeling you get from cold soft fluffy flakes of white touching your tongue.  To be wrapped in nice warm coats all bundled up while the cold whips around you.  This is the feeling I get from today’s card.  But, I also wanted to convey to you the viewer that same feeling to you.  I hope that you get the same feeling of the cool crisp breeze of a wintery Christmas Day as you view today’s card.

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Blending Colors:

Ink blending can be a very hard thing to do.  One trick is that when you start out always start with the lightest color.  Start your ink blending off the cardstock and blend in a circular motion.  This motion will help you to get a nice smooth blend.  I always start at the top and work my way down.  Adding more and more layers as I go.  After I get the blend that I am looking for I move to the next darkest color and repeat the process.  At this point I come along the top edge and start with my darkest color.  I make sure that the vignette is not to far down, because I feel that this makes it look more natural as well as draws the eyes down to the main focal image of the card.

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What happens if your blend is not smooth?  I repeat the process adding a little more pleasure as I blend each color.  Always make sure you start of the paper, because if you accidently touch the freshly inked sponge to the paper to hard you are going to leave the inked mark of the sponge.  When you try to blend over it you will make the dark mark even darker.  This is caused because the amount of ink on the sponge is very little.  This small amount of ink when blended is very transparent.  Each layer of ink that is layered on top of the other layer shows the layer underneath.   This is the same process that watercolorists paint.  They paint many glazes of watercolors over each area.  If I were to blend a yellow over a blueberry that I painted it would then have a green appearance.

A Little Marker Work:

I wanted to use my Spectrum Noir markers to color the little Eskimo from Cookie Cutter Christmas.  I used a BT1, BT2, BT4, TN 5, TN7, & TN9.  In copics I used E00, E11 and    to color the skin.   I added just a little BT1, BT2 and BT4 to the hill in the background.  I am not a big alcohol marker person.  I am really just getting in to it, but I have watched enough videos that I can do it now.  Sadly we do not have a replacement for Add to blendablities yet, but I can tell you that in the upcoming Occasions Catalog we will have new Watercolor pencils that work fabulously.  As an artist I did play with them at OnStage in Atlanta a little more then most people did.  Because I was so excited to get them that I wanted to see how well they really work.  And I can tell you that I will be ordering a couple more packs of them, I loved them that much.  They melted like butter with water added.

A Little Stitching Makes Everything Better:

To create the snow mounds, and the sentiment at the top I used Whisper White cardstock and used the new Stitched Shape Framelits.  I took the next to largest oval ran them through the big shot.  I had stamped the sentiment first and ran it through separate.  The first one that Iran through I took it and cut it in half, added it to the card and snipped off what wasn’t needed.  I think these are my new favorite Framelits, they add just enough to your projects that people will look at them and not really notice what is drawing them to it.  They will differently know that something is different.  Once they look a little closer they will see the detail.

Video Tutorial:

Thanks for dropping bye today. I hope that this video tutorial and blog post helps you with your ink blending.   Have a great day.

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