Introducing Our November Guest Designer - Meghan Peterson

Happy Friday!  Today we're introducing our November guest designer, Meghan Peterson.  Meghan has a beautiful, colorful style, and she's a master with watercolor.  You guys are in for a treat this month!  Here's a little more about Meghan as well as her first project:

Hello! My name is Meghan Peterson and I am so so excited to be a Guest Designer for Neat & Tangled this month. I decided my photo should include my favorite winter coat as it is officially November :). I've recently moved to the Northwest where my boyfriend is attending law school. I work full time in an office but my true passion is all things creative, and card-making is at the top of that list. I've been making cards since I could use a glue stick and would deliver them via tricycle to my friends who were sad or sick or I just wanted them to know I loved them, and i still hold that philosophy today. I found this community 2 years ago and haven't looked back. The absolute kindness and joy and empathy and talent is amazing, and Neat & Tangled defines all of those things. Thanks for reading!

For my first Guest Designer post, I wanted to do some soft wintery colors as we move into November, before I get into some Christmas cards. I tried to make it simple and classy, and I think I have achieved it with this one!
The main focal point of my card are these mountains from the Neat & Tangled stamp set Layered Landscape. This is a set perfect for all year round, it can be used in so many ways. Using the many mountain shapes, I layered my mountains in varying shades of blue. The thing to keep in mind here is to make sure your darkest colors either cover the bottom lines of the stamps for smooth layering or crop out any harsh lines. The easiest way to do this is to start with pale ink higher up and then layer more darkly lower down.
Then I used another favorite stamp set for my sentiment: Scandinavian Prints Christmas. This is a set I love using for Christmas cards but there are some seasonal sentiments as well, including this wonderful one about friendship. I stamped this twice in black Versamark ink just above my mountain range. I then blended some moonstone Nuvo Tonic paste in the sky to give the illusion of shimmery winter fog. This gives another yellowish color to my mostly blue card, which I think look lovely together. I added some swirl of crystal drops to the bottom of my mountains for some snow. I thought about adding it to the tops of the mountains, but I didn’t want to take away from the ombre layering of my mountain range.
For the envelope, I found a dark blue envelope and used the same moonstone Nuvo Tonic paste on Christmas tree stencils, called Tree Duo Stencils. Another great one for cards but wanted a fun image for my envelope. I blended it with an ink blending tool to give it a subtle shine for our Christmas trees.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I will see you again next Friday!
Xoxo Meghan


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