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Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in Cardmaking 301, Stars and Stamps, Tutorial | 6 comments

Tutorial: Snowy Scene

Happy Tuesday Everyone! Did you know that the last day to send in winter themed cards is January 10th? That day is coming soon and so here is a beautiful tutorial to close out the winter card season! These cards have created quite an uproar on the OWH Facebook and Pinterest sites. Lucky for us, Debbie D. was glad to share with us the technique she used to create them. In short, there are three steps to creating this look. Stamping with clear embossing powder, stamping with black ink, and then creating the background. The background color is “resisted” by the clear embossing powder leaving a magical, snowkissed look to the images! Isn’t this beautiful! To make things easier on yourself, you should definitely read all the way through the tutorial first, so that you “get” the whole idea.

The original post by Debbie can be seen here at her blog. I’ll copy the tutorial here for easy reading, but please do stop by Studio 3D to see all of the other things that Debbie has to offer. There is some fantastic stuff! And now, on with the tutorial. Debbie wrote:


You will select some stamps with folliage. I chose a mix of wood-mounted and acrylic stamps mounted on a clear block.

Select stamps with foliage

You will need some clear embossing powder, Versamark ink, and a waterproof black ink pad.

You will need Versamark Ink, Clear Embossing Powder and Black Waterproof Ink

You will need a stamp positioner to align (actually, to MISalign) your images.

You will need a stamp positioner

You will need some blue blendable ink (I used Distress Inks) and a foam blending tool. You could also use foam daubers.

Select blue inks and a blending tool - can also use foam daubers

Get a large sticky-note pad and cut yourself some pieces of white cardstock. Smooth is good – glossy is not good.

White cardstock, not glossy, and a pad of large sticky notes


Use black ink to stamp each of your images onto the plate of your stamp positioner. Each one that will be stamped separately needs to be aligned in a separate corner of the plate. CLEAN YOUR STAMPS THOROUGHLY AFTERWARD – NO COLOR RESIDUE.

Use black ink to stamp each of your images onto a different corner of your stamp positioner.

Use a sticky note to mask off a band at the bottom of the card – I do a one-inch section.

Mask off one inch at bottom of cardstock.

Ink up a stamp with Versamark ink.

Ink up image with Versamark pad

Stamp onto white cardstock.

Stamp where desired on masked cardstock.

Place plate of stamp positioner over the stamped image so it is slightly mis-aligned down and to one side.

Place stamp positioner with image slightly down and to one side of Versamark image.

Add your corner piece to the stamp positioner and carefully remove the plate. Ink the image with black ink.

Ink stamp with black.

Stamp over the Versamark image with the black image, aligning with the stamp positioner.

Remove the positioner overlay

Repeat to complete the scene. WARNING: If you are using the same stamp more than once on the same scene, stamp all the Versamark versions before inking any with black.

Repeat with other stamps until scene is done.

Sprinkle with clear embossing powder.

Apply clear emossing powder.

Heat to melt the embossing powder.

Heat to melt embossing powder

You can barely see here that both the Versamark and black get embossed by this method and that they are slightly off register.

You can see that both the clear and black impressions get embossed and how they are offset from one another.

Tear a sticky note to create a hill (make sure you leave some sticky on it) and put it on the card toward the top.

Tear a sticky note to form a hill.

Working on a non-stick craft sheet, use the foam applicator to apply blue ink to the ‘sky’ where you have masked off. Work from the craft sheet towards the cardstock and this can be a fairly solid coloring.

On a non-stick craft sheet, use foam applicator to apply blue ink to the sky, blending as you go.

Remove sky mask. Tear another mask to create a snow bank, apply to card about 1/2 way down toward the straight-line mask. This time do the inking more lightly and work from the mask upwards. Add ink a little at a time so you don’t get too dark.

Remove sky mask and tear another for the next hill.

Remove this mask and repeat the same style of inking working upward from the straight-line mask.

Remove hill mask and repeat the upward inking from the original border mask.

Remove the bottom border mask

Remove all masks


Trim the panel.

Trim panel

Stamp sentiments in black ink into the white border.

Stamp sentiments in the white border.
Back with a thin black border.

Border with narrow black.
Apply to white or colored folded card base and you’re done!

Thanks so much, Debbie for this great tutorial! Are you going to give this technique a try? I’ll leave an InLinkz for you to post your creations if you decide to give it a whirl. Please also leave some love for Debbie in the comments for sharing with us today!



  1. Wow, what gorgeous cards, thanks for the tutorial, I will have to give it a try!!!

  2. Great technique. Looks sooooo snowy.

  3. Thanks for a thorough and creative tutorial!

  4. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. I had a lot of fun with the technique.

  5. Cool tutorial. Beautiful cards. Thank you.

  6. mine aren’t nearly as pretty as Debbies, but I gave it a try!


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