I started by cutting out a circle from some Inkadinkado Masking Paper to create my moon and sky. I used a standard circle stacking die. I aligned the masking paper on my card so that just the circle would be peeking through and used a blending brush and some Squeezed Lemonade and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks to create my moon. I used the die cut circle from the masking paper to cover up the inked moon so that I could use different inks for the sky background. I used regular Distress Inks, but I wish I had used the Oxides. I didn't have a dark enough blue, so I'll have to pick one up! I used Chipped Sapphire for the blue, darkened the edges with Wilted Violet, and added some Black Soot around the very edges for depth.
I used some white acrylic paint mixed with water to spatter on some snow to my background. I decided to use the flicking technique with an acrylic block - though I'm not sure why. Haha! This was my first time using the block - usually I just mix some onto my work surface and pick it up with a brush and flick. I thought it would be tidier to do it with the block, but as you can see - I need some practice! I got a few big globs of white and not all the drops are completely round - some have tails and have a pointed trajectory. Oh well! I wasn't about to start over! I never do! I'm a firm believer in Tim Gunn and "making it work"! Haha!
I used the Lawn Fawn Village Border die and cut it from black cardstock and used some yellow cardstock to back the windows and doors to make it look like a city with lights on in the buildings!
I stamped the reindeer from the My Favorite Things Santa & Friends stamp set onto watercolor cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed it with clear powder so that I could do some watercolor. I used my Staedtler felt tipped markers because that's what I have and what I'm most comfortable with, but I encourage you to use whatever coloring method you like best! I added some color where I wanted it to be the darkest and used a waterbrush to pull out the color.
I stamped my sentiment onto white cardstock and trimmed it down into two strips and adhered them and the reindeer onto my scene with foam tape. Watch the full video below!