Let It Snow … for Simon Says Stamp

Hi everyone! It’s lovely to be in the Designer Spotlight over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this month. Thank you for all your kind comments and support last week!

This week the theme is Let It Snow.

I was inspired by Simon Says Stamp (SSS) Frozen Fractals and Tim Holtz Urban Tapestry stamp sets to create a mixed media panel that could be made into a card or in this case used as the centre piece for my art journal page.

To create the panel, I started by cutting a piece of mixed media paper to A5 size, and then I stamped the pretty white snowflakes using the SSS Frozen Fractals stamp set, Versamark Watermark ink and white Stampendous embossing powder. I coloured it using Milled Lavender, Chipped Sapphire and Salty Ocean Distress Ink by spritzing the panel with water then applying the inks. The bird and foliage are from the Urban Tapestry stamp set and they are stamped using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink and a brown Faber-Castell Big Brush marker.

Next I created the die cut ivy and berries using Tim Holtz Sizzix Garden Greens Thinlets, white cardstock and two different blue shades of vellum.

The ivy is coloured using Moss, Leaf Green, Bud Green and Chocolate Spectrum Aqua Markers and detailed using a black fine line marker. I layered the coloured ivy leaves and vellum berries over the white die cut pieces, so they were slightly off centre making the white cardstock look like a coating of snow.

To continue the snowy theme, I doodled snow onto the branch and foliage using a white Uniball gel pen. To finish the panel, I embellished it with SSS Frozen Fractals sequins and added some Icicle Stickles to add some sparkle to both the centre of the sequins and the die cut berries.

As I wanted to use the panel as the centre piece for my art journal page, I also created a wood effect background. Firstly I applied a thin wash of Ground Espresso Distress Ink to the page using a paintbrush and then I used the same ink to stamp snowflakes using the SSS Frozen Fractals stamp set again. I also used a blending tool to stencil the Ground Espresso ink using a Mini Specimen Template by The Crafter’s Workshop. Then I sprinkled Dark Brown and Sandstone Brusho powders onto the page and applied glossy gel medium over the top using a paintbrush, making sure I dragged the paintbrush vertically down the page to create the wood grain effect.

I mounted the panel onto the page using double-sided tape and added the wording, some more die cut berries, SSS Frozen Fractals Sequins and Icicle Stickles, which finished the page.

This page reminds me of Christmas a few years ago and the lovely woodland walk that we went on with my family; as you can see I was very happy to see the snow!

What could be better than a steaming cup of hot chocolate to warm you up after a walk in the snow – I’m wishing the T Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday a very Happy T Day !

I enjoyed creating my art journal page for the Let it Snow challenge and I hope you will join in the fun too! For more inspiration please check out the fabulous creations from the Design Team over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Don’t forget that Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the Simon Says Stamp Store! and one lucky participant will be randomly drawn to win this voucher. How amazing is that! Good Luck to everyone!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Challenges

I’m pleased to join Art Journal Journey and the lovely Erika for her Vintage or Modern challenge this month with my Let it snow page.

I’m also joining Moo Mania & More and their Tic, Tac, Toe theme (Designer Paper – vellum, Die-Cut – foliage, Circles – sequins and stencilling).

Here is a list of the materials over at Simon Says Stamp that were used to create this art journal page:

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37 thoughts on “Let It Snow … for Simon Says Stamp

  1. Oh my goodness Jo! I have spent ages admirning this gorgeous art journal page! I would frame this and hang it on a wall! The wood effect background is stunning and I love the little bird on a branch against all the beautiful blues and snowflakes, absolutely jaw droppingly AWESOME!!! 🙂

    Love your pic too, yes, it looks like you’re enjoying the snow 😀

    Hope you have a great week!
    Luv
    Lols x x x

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  2. I love how you used the frozen fractals in your background, Jo! They make such a beautiful snowy backdrop for your lovely little bird. Love how you have framed this with the plants – Beautiful!!! hugs, Maura

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  3. I don’t like snow, but in your case I’ll make an exception. Your page is just lovely. I can see it as a greeting card or gift wrap. I also looks like it could have been the background to your photograph. You have such a nice smile. Hot chocolate sounds good on a frosty day. I love the matching mug and cookie. Stay warm!

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  4. Wow Jo. when I looked at the first photo I thought you had placed your card on a piece of wood. It is a fabulous background. It proves you should read everything before having a conclusion.
    it is a gorgeous journal page with lovely stamps, dies and winter details.
    Your hot chocolate looks yummy, just right to drink on a cool day.
    Happy T day wishes for tomprrow.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. This is beautiful Jo. Very wintery and holiday-ish, and actually quite like around here. 🙂 Winter has arrived early for us. I love the die cuts and how they work on that blue background. I like that background and your wood looking one too. And coco would taste great with all that snow and cold. In fact I could go for a cup! Happy early T day, and a big thanks for joining us at AJJ! This is the perfect vintage winter page for this challenge. Hugs-Erika

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  6. fantastic texture and details – and following your making obviously a project with a lot of labour! i really enjoy the look, i think that makes the forecast of snow a bit friendlier for me;) love the wooden background, too! great contrast!
    happy t-day, have a great week:)

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  7. This is one my favorite art pieces of yours so far-so lovely, the textures, the colors, love the wooden background piece too it is very special
    Mmmm hot chocolate is just the best on a wintry day
    hugs and Happy T Day wishes Kathy

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  8. Your “Let is Snow” journal page is fabulous, Jo. I wouldn’t be surprised if you were chosen for the Designer Spotlight again next month. They probably don’t do that, but you surely deserve it!

    Your background sky with snowflakes is really pretty. Thank you for sharing the techniques you used. Very clever snow effect you created by offsetting the white die cuts.

    Until I looked closely, I thought the background looked like vintage wood – like on the side of a barn. Lovely contrast to the snow scene.

    Love that smile!

    Happy T-day! Eileen xoxo

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  9. This is such a beautiful page – I love the panel and the clever idea of putting it on this great background – that looks so real. Great effect! Wonderful created Jo! You are a fantastic Spotlight Designer – many congrats on being in the Spotlight! So well deserved! And you look so lovely on the photo! We got a lot of snow Sunday night . But now it isunfortunately more rainy weather. But still much snow around. Many thanks for yet another wonderful entry for Art Journal Journey and I am happy to see you at Moo Mania & More as well for our TIC TAC TOE challenge! So much appreciated dear Jo! Happy belated T-Day! Hot chocolate always is delicious! Specially on cold days!
    Wishing you a wonderful week my friend!

    Big hugs and creative greetings
    Susi

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  10. Woowwww that´s a really magical art page Jo !! It´s really amazing, I love the so great background , well, both backgrounds in reality, love the stamps, this little bird is so sweet.
    Congratulations for being a Spotlight designer again!! ♫ ♪ ♫
    You look so happy and lovely on your photograph!! I wish you a very nice afternoon, big hugs, Caty

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  11. Another beautiful page. I love the way you stuck the ivy just slightly offset so it gives a depth to it. Very effective.
    That’s a gorgeous photo of you in the snow.
    Happy belated T-Day,
    Lisca

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  12. Ahhhh!!! Beautiful journal page this week and yes it does tie in with our big snowfall well ♥ Thankfully mine is gone now but yours can be enjoyed for times to come.
    as usual I am running late getting around to everyone. Mondays and Tuesdays are my busiest days of the week so I’m always grabbing minutes here and there to check in with my T friends.
    Thanks for stopping by!
    Carol

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  13. oh my goodness,your snow page its stunning,love the leaves around the page,and the woodbackround its perfect,love the bird and snowflakes too 🙂
    the hot choclate looks su yummy 🙂
    i liked too a cup of hot choclate when the snow is coming and outside its cold come a cup of hot choclate so good 🙂
    the photo from you in the woodland looks so happy,i loved too a walk in the woodland 🙂
    wishing you a happy rest of the week,dear jo ! 🙂

    hugs jenny

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  14. First of all congrats on your Guest DT appearance on SSS! What a gorgeous page, Jo, I love the dark wood background and how it sets off the pastel blue of the focal image. The bird stamp is beautiful too…

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