Winter sunset scene - Make your Own Background

This card will be for my daughter's in-laws who have a little cabin in the woods, very remote and isolated in a heavy snow area - no running water or electricity. When Julie and husband Jeff went winter camping a few years ago, they took the skidoo up the mountain road and snowshoed into the cabin. They were walking on the snow at the top of window height level! Jeff had to shovel down to get into the door. There is a generator and Jotul wood stove, so once it gets warm, it is nice and cozy. They often hear coyotes howling in the nightime. There are a lot of sugar maple trees on the property and in the Autumn season, the mountain is ablaze with all the red and gold leaves. Actually, it is beautiful there in all seasons!

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For the background, I sponged TH inks (Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Chipped Sapphire, Worn Lipstick and Dusty that order) on specialty paper creating a winter sunset sky.  I really like this product by Ranger as it allows you to "move" the sponged inks ensuring good blending. The ink doesn't soak into the cardstock  immediately upon application. I gave a quick burst with the heat gun to ensure everything was dry before stamping the trees with Versamark, applying detail black EP and heat embossing.  Hint.... If the distress inks are even slightly wet, they will pick up embossing powder and ruin your image! Finally, I gave a quick burst with TH Picket fence distress spray to look like snow in the air.

I cut a white "snow hill" layer of paper for the bottom section and created snow hills with distress inks. The white trees have an application of Deco Art snow and Stickles glitter, and the large one is popped up with foam tape. Stamped the verse on the very bottom with Archival black ink.

The coyote was cut from gray cardstock. Then I sponged Walnut Stain distress ink over his back and haunches creating dimension to the body. Gave a light touch of white pen to his tail and front of chest.  Now he looks more like a real coyote than a flat gray diecut.

Well, I think I captured the feeling of the winter scenery around the little cabin in the woods and a sunset winter sky.

Thanks for popping in and I love reading all your comments. They are truly appreciated!

Dec. 14, 2014

Products Used:
- Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper
- Tim Holtz Distress Inks
- Hero Arts "Winter Trees Pattern" wood stamp
- Tim Holtz Picket Fence distress spray
- Impression Obsesssion dies - Fir Trees
- Deco Art Snow Painter
- Stickles Glitter Star Dust
- Verse stamp - Daniel Johnson 2006 - set of holiday verses
- PoppyStamps Inc. die - "Fine Foxes" (but I think it can also be a coyote LOL!)
- Recollections Mercury Glass paper - silver


Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Create your own background - winter sky

Craft Stamper - December Take a Technique  - distress ink sponged sky background

Little Red Wagon - Snow much fun


  1. Sharon I think this is one of my favorite card that you have made . It looks 3D with the sponged sky and the popped trees with all the snow and mister coyote just passing through. Love it

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! You achieved so much dimension!

  3. You have created such a lovely scene! We have lots of foxes where I live too.
    Merry Christmas

  4. Stunning festive card with many wonderful details to look at.
    Hugs Julie x

  5. Wow, Sharon! I love this! It captures a perfect winter scene. The cabin sounds like a wonderful getaway although I think I would miss running water!

  6. I agree with Marilyn above Sharon this is a very beautiful card. Well thought out and the background is amazing.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  7. Wow Sharon, this is just stunning!! Your sky and treeline create such a wonderful atmosphere, I can really picture the cabin in the woods! Sounds like just the place for me! Love the snowy trees too! hugs :)

  8. Fantastic card! Your background is so lovely! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

  9. LOVE your creation for our challenge!
    Thanks for joining in with the TIMI challenge...

    xxx Ellie Knol xxx

  10. Gorgeous design, love the background and the trees :) Take care, Shirleyx

  11. Wow! Very beautiful work! Yours sincerely -Peninia

  12. Wow beautiful winter scene! thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this time!
    Claire xx

  13. What a beautiful winter scene .... I love that sky!! Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge. Linda xx

  14. I wouldn't fancy a remote cabin in the woods deep in snow, but I love your card! Great background, and fabulous icy trees. Thanks for playing along at Craft Stamper Take It Make It :)