Little Houses

Welcome to Day 7 of my Advent calendar!  Today I’m joining with Ute at Bastel-Traum on their Advent calendar.  I’m sharing a tutorial on how to add snow to an every-day image.  For this project, I’ve used Little Houses clear stamp by Little Miss Muffet Stamps. 

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For each of the images below, you can click on them to make them larger.
First, I stamped the image in gray. It makes it dark enough that I can see the lines really well but also light enough that I get a good no-line coloring effect.  I used Memento London Fog ink.
 
I then colored the houses as I normally would except I didn’t color the green grass. That part will be colored later as snow by adding a little grays.

Here’s where I start on the sky. I put down a solid layer of B0000 to get the paper wet.
 

Then I used B000, B91 and B93 to gradually make it darker. I swiped the brush tip from the top down, making sure I didn’t go all the way down. For each color the strokes got smaller. I had planned to go as dark as B99 but the paper had some oils on it which I could see as I was using B91.  I then decided to stop at B93 and go for a light colored sky.
 

After all the colors were down, then I used the lightest color, B0000 to swipe up from the bottom to help blend in some more.
 

My next strategy is to work on the snow instead of the grass. I used C2, C3, C1 and 0 to create some depth and shadows.
 

This is where the fun part starts with the White Gel pen. I first added snow to the red house, then the blue house. Then I added icicles on the roof and finally snow flakes across the entire image. Remember to add snow flakes in front of the image too. This is a good way to hide some blunders.  LOL 

My last step is to add drop shadows or cast shadows.  I do this with BV23. Be careful not to color the white snow or the snowflakes. I added shadows under the snow on the bushes and tree, under the roof line and a little on the ground under the bushes. I also added some for the icicles. If you really want them to stand out, you can use BV25; or a mixture of both.

For the final product, I cut out the paper with some dies and layered the card. I added snowflake chipboard from Make it Crafty and some white gems for a sparkle.  
Hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial on adding snows and thanks for stopping by.
Fröhliche Weihnachten!

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