I am so excited to share with you a special tutorial today courtesy of Simon Says Stamp as part of their fun Die-Cember celebration on their blog! We had to split this tutorial into two parts because it packs in so much detail and technique! Part one covers the background, which you see here on my blog. Part two covers the die cut elements which you will find on the Simon Says Stamp blog. You can find part two here: Simon Says Die-Cember Snowman Tag.
I wanted to give this super cute snowman die cut a winter scene for a background that combined lots of color and texture.
Begin by using an ink blending tool to apply Scattered Straw Distress Ink to the center of a #8 manila tag.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Broken China Distress Ink to the top of the tag. It should overlap and blend into the Scattered Straw.
Mist water onto your hand. Flick the water onto the tag.
Blot the excess water with a dry cloth. Dry the tag with a heat tool.
Mist the yellow area on the tag with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.
Scribble Picket Fence Distress Paint onto your craft sheet. Cut a cloud shape from Cut & Dry foam. Pick up the paint with the white side of the Cut & Dry foam. Stamp the paint onto the tag over the yellow areas. Apply multiple layers of the stamped paint to make a cloud-like appearance.
Use a heat tool to dry the paint.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Stormy Sky Distress Ink to the edges of the tag.
Tear a piece of manila cardstock so that it is large enough to cover the lower 1/3 of the tag. Tear it so that it looks like hills.
Apply a generous coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint to the manila piece by tapping the paint onto the paper using the dabber tip of the bottle.
Sprinkle clear embossing powder onto the manila piece. The wet paint will hold the powder to the paper.
Use a heat tool to melt the powder and dry the paint. The piece will have a glossy and bumpy texture.
(PS- I switched to a Milwaukee Heat Tool for melting embossing powders. It melts them so fast! It gets super hot!)
Apply another coat of paint over the first.
Again, sprinkle clear embossing powder onto the wet paint.
Use a heat tool to again melt the embossing powder and dry the paint.
To add sparkle to the snow, apply a third coat of paint over the previous layers.
Sprinkle Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter onto the wet paint.
Use a heat tool to dry the paint. The dried paint will bind the glitter to the piece.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the tag and to the top and bottom edge of the manila piece.
Adhere the manila piece to the bottom edge of the tag.
Trim away any excess from the manila piece.
Ink the sides of the trimmed manila piece using an ink blending tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
To see how I used the background, head over to the Simon Says Stamp blog and check out part two of my tutorial.
Part two features die cutting and a few tricks for creating a layered die cut with texture. You can find part two here: Simon Says Die-Cember Snowman Tag.