Sparkly Moonlit Evening

Stampscapes Scenic Card

We had a fun first month with the new Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers – well the fun isn’t stopping there! This month the theme is Sparkle, so I figure what’s more sparkly than Snow?

HLS Christmas Challenge August 2015

I whipped out some of my favorite stamps for this beauty – Stampscapes. And I have a treat for you today  – I filmed it too! The first video is about the Ink Swipe technique using a Colorbox Stylus and Sponge Applicator. I’ve always admired Kevin Nakagawa’s (Artist and Owner of Stampscapes) videos and creations, so I hope I do his technique some justice! It’s quite a bit longer than my regular videos, so grab a beverage, and enjoy all the creative tips along the way!

The Second video shows you how to put the Sparkle in your card  – that’s the Christmas Challenge theme after all…and how to create the snowflake window with your scene. That one’s a bit more normal length…lol! Both showcase a very cool idea, so have fun with them. They are completely step by step.

View Scenic Card Portion on YouTube

View Snowflake cutout card portion on YouTube

The videos will teach you how to use the Colorbox Stylus tool on glossy card stock for a mystical moonlit scene. It’s loaded with tips and how to’s so enjoy! And I can’t wait to see YOUR creations at Happy Little Stampers for the Christmas Challenge – be sure to play along!

And if you didn’t get a chance to visit any of the challenges at Happy Little Stampers…be sure to stop by to see the new Stamps! What???!! Yes, there is a new stamp company in town – get your hands on the first series. Definitely check out the shop here.


  • Card Base – 11 x 5 1/5″ top folding card
  • Card Front – White – 5 1/4 x 5 1/4″
  • Glossy Card Stock for Scene – 4 3/4 x 4″
  • Glimmer Paper, Navy Card Stock – Stampin Up


  • Stamps – Small Lakeside Cove, Doe – Stampscapes
  • Stencils – Winter – Memory Box
  • Dies – Handlettered Holiday – WPlus9, Festive Flurry – Stampin Up (Retired)
  • Inks – Tuxedo Black – Memento; Ranger Distress –  Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, Pumice Stone; Illuminate – Stampin Up, Frost White – Colorbox
  • Other – Colorbox Stylus Tool with Sponge Applicator, Fun Foam, 2 Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter – SU, White Gel Pens, Q-Tips, Mini Sponge Tool, Liquid Glue

Ink Swipe Technique

Creative Tips – 

  • Be sure to add a light layer of ink (Distress, Adirondack Lights) to your glossy card stock first to help the rest glide with the stylus tool.
  • To keep your scene elevated evenly use fun foam to mount it for a bit of elevation off the main card.
  • Sponge lightly but thoroughly. Try not to press too hard through your stencil to avoid unsightly marks from your sponge tool.
  • If you don’t have a pearlescent pigment ink like Illuminate – try silver, white or even versamark.
  • If you’re not into scenic cards – throw a photo in that spot!

Snowflake Stampscape 002

I also love to play along with other challenges – another one of my favorites is Muse Christmas Visions – and this week the inspired card had snowflakes in it. Even though the stars spoke out to me too, it was the snowflakes that ended up on my card to provide the sparkle. Cool how it all tied in!

I also played along with these challenges too this month:

So, now that you’ve learned a little here – be sure to check out all the other great inspirational projects at the Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.


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  1. CONNIE BROOKS says:

    You are an amazing artist. Your snowflake card does sparkle ( I can vision it) and I see it too. Just beautiful.

  2. Wow! So glad I found your video. Amazing talent. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Lori Ritchie says:

    Awesome videos, just learning how to do stampscapes

    Lori from Canada

  4. Absolutely beautiful. Amazing. Than you for sharing

  5. This is a magnificent card design!

  6. Robin in WA says:

    Wow!! Great videos!!! Thank you for the step by step!! Beautiful work and card! Thank you for sharing.

  7. This is such a beautiful card, Ingrid! Thank you for sharing this technique!
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  8. WOW! This is stunning and I love everything about it! So glad you shared it with us for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge.

  9. Simply stunning! Love the sparkle, and tucking the image behind the snowflake panel. Wonderful idea 🙂 Thanks so much for joining us at Sparkle N Sprinkle’s Creative Challenge.

  10. nancy littrell says:

    I loved your card so much and your helpful videos that I made my version of your beauty Ingrid. Member name: nancy littrell I do not have a blog. Thank you again for your inspiration and wonderful videos. Hugs, Nancy

  11. This is a beautiful scene Ingrid and the video explains it all so thoroughly. The idea of using the snowflake die cut to display the scene behind is an inspired idea and the stencilling on the top piece is so pretty too. x

  12. Oh this is just the cutest card ever what a lovely image and just perfect for our challenge over at “ Sparkles Christmas Challenge “No Designer Paper“ good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H xx

  13. Your card is beautiful. Honestly at first I thought it was a piece of paper and then when I saw the stamp company I knew it was your creativeness, I too have the stamp. Your video was excellent.

  14. A beautiful card, I love the scene through the snowflake

    Thanks for joining us Sparkles Christmas challenge


  15. Really unusual card. Beautifully combined techniques. Great movies.

  16. Wow! An amazing card. Greatly enjoyed both videos, thank you so much for sharing your talents and skills in such a generous way. Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Monthly. Caz

  17. Shona Erlenborn says:

    This is drop dead gorgeous! Love everything about it. Thanks for all the awesome tips. Thanks for sharing with us too over at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge.

  18. OH WOW! This card is amazing!!! You have my address right?
    🙂 LOVE!!!
    Kristie G. recently posted…Stamp of Approval Blog HopMy Profile

  19. Finally had a chance to come back and enjoy both of the excellent videos. The card is just beautiful, but I liked the detail that you put into the video, showing each step so well and explaining why certain things were done a specific way. Thanks for sharing. (I LOVE stampscapes…and have not used these stamps for a while. Good to be reminded just how versatile they are).
    Mary H. recently posted…Butterfly Challenge #36 + W is for WashiMy Profile

  20. Jane Willis says:

    Oh what a beautiful card, it really conjures up the magic of winter. Thank you for sharing at Sparkles Christmas

  21. Pat Jandacek says:

    Stunningly beautiful and I have that cove stamp! I live in Florida and have been reluctant to use snow scenes for Christmas cards because of that. This, though, looks like a CASE to me! Thank you for the videos and, yes, of course,
    I’ve signed for further info.. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • I’m so thrilled you love it Pat! I get that, having lived in Florida for 10 years myself. But I need a little cool in those warm months, so it’s snow without the snow…lol! I’m excited you’re whipping out your Lakeside Cove again – who knows…maybe a sunset Christmas card! 🙂
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  22. Big WOW! Love the frosty scene (and will get back to enjoy this video as soon as comments are caught up!) and that you made the window a snowflake. What a clever design, and so effective at drawing the eye in. A simply beautiful sparkling icy snowflake scene. LOVE it! TFS
    Mary H. recently posted…Butterfly Challenge #36 + W is for WashiMy Profile

  23. This is just gorgeous, I love your wintery scene!

  24. Fabulous! What a gorgeous scene! Love the snowflake cut-out to frame it. Thank you so much for the videos explaining how you did it all.

  25. What an awesome card. Speechless, which rarely happens !
    LesLee Stone-Rasmus recently posted…Turn on the TwinkleMy Profile

  26. What a beautiful card! Love the scene you created with the snowflake. Thanks for playing along at MCV this week.

  27. This is beautifully elegant, not at all Suessian, and yet it reminds me of the Who’s down in Whoville, because of all the life inside the snowflake. lol! So glad you joined us at MCV this week, Ingrid!

  28. This is so FANTASTIC, I am going to have to “CASE” it !!! LOVE!!!!!!
    Thanks for joining MUSE Christmas Visions!!!!
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  29. wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!!! This is simply amazing, beautiful, serene, gorgeous, brilliant….. What a creation!!!!

  30. WOW!! This is AMAZING, Ingrid!! One of the most beautiful Christmas scene cards I’ve ever seen. Great job! xx

  31. This is gorgeous Ingrid, a beautiful scene and design. Carol x
    Carol Dunham recently posted…HLS Christmas Challenge #2 “Sparkle”My Profile

  32. Such a beautiful, peaceful scene card

  33. love it!!!!! it is beautiful!

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