It's the middle of the month already and you only have until January 24th to enter this month's CAS Watercolour challenge.
I went with a stamp that Loll Thompson used for her example in the original post for this challenge, but gave it a very different treatment.
I created my watercolour background first by sprinkling blue and black brushos on coated cardstock. I over-spritzed with water and ending up make the blue more grey than it normally is and not having any of the interesting colour tones the black usually gives. But I quite liked the chilly feel of the colour and I liked the way I got a nice speckled border that makes a natural snowbank. I also liked the dip where I situated the tree as snow often piles up outside the tree's drip line and leaves a hollow where the branches have sheltered the ground a bit.
I stamped the tree in Versamark and heat embossed with a very sparkly embossing powder. In order to get a good photo of the whole card, I couldn't really pick up the sparkle of the tree, but here's a close-up that shows it.
I trimmed it down so that I could have more white space around it, popped it up on fun foam and added a few die cut snowflakes.
I originally stamped a smaller sentiment directly on the focal panel but smudged it on the coated cs. I had a different sentiment stamped and heat embossed on regular cs, already die cut and mounted on silver glitter cs sitting in my UFO box, so used that to cover up the smudge!
Be sure to link up your clean and simple cards using watercolour and a snowflake or two over at our challenge, and check out today's new inspiration from the rest of the Design Team!
I'm also taking the card over to the Christmas Cards All Year Round challenge "add snowflakes" and to the SCS CAS challenge "Frozen".