The highest High-Contrast Color Scheme comes from placing Black with White. This is the most dramatic color combination and any other color goes with it. Black and White are favorites of high-fashion photographers and television camera operators. The colors are particularly flattering when worn near the face and are great for creating silhouette designs on cards, pages and other crafted items.
Black and White are naturals to use when creating a snowman design. You typically use White for the snowman himself, then Black for his hat, eyes and sometimes mouth.
In my Craft Stick Snowman card, I colored the craft sticks with a thick coat of ink from a Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad (101731), then embossed it with a Heat Tool (129053) set on the highest speed and Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109130). This technique set and coated the color at one time, and it’s quite a bit faster than waiting for paint to dry.
I adhered the craft sticks together before I started coating to make it easier to work with them. I used a piece of Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (100730) cut slightly smaller than the width of the craft sticks and about 1-1/2” wide. Then I glued the sticks, one at a time, next to each other on the card stock with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), overlapping the edges so the card stock wouldn’t show.
For the hat area, I used a Basic Black Craft Stampin’ Pad (currently retired) and thickly coated one-third of the length of the craft sticks. I embossed this again with the Clear embossing powder.
I also coated a separate craft stick, but used Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109133) instead of Clear. I did not use Black embossing powder on the main piece because it’s too easy for flecks to escape and freckle the White area. The Embossing Buddy (103083) does not work as well to remove static on embossed craft sticks. When everything was set and dry, I glued the single stick across the join of the Black and White areas to create the hat brim.
You can repeat the process to make a back for the snowman and glue both pieces together with a ribbon or piece of twine in between to hang it up. I would use hot glue to adhere both sides together for an ornament as this will make it more secure. Add the face components and it’s ready to go!
Tip: Use the flattest, least-warped craft sticks to make your snowman. You want it to lay flat on a card or page, and you definitely want it to lay flat when you’re making your ornament.
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