It's often difficult to visualize the possibilities of our dark gray squares...available in all 3 sizes...and we find they are easily overlooked. But there is real magic to be had, especially when working with stamps that beg for white ink and the magic of embossing powder.
The magic begins by stamping the birch trees, from Savvy Stamps, in white pigment ink (we used Fresh Ink) on the 2" dark gray Twinchie Squares. Remember, use pigment ink with embossing powder, it's thicker, stickier and more opaque than dye based ink and consequently slower to dry - which isn't an issue when embossing since you will be heat setting/drying after stamping. You will need to stamp the trees twice to attain the forest look...stamp the first time slightly off center and then come back a second time to fill in the blank.
After stamping you want to quickly cover the stamped image with a generous amount of embossing powder. White Diamond by JudiKins contains not only a white embossing powder, but micro glitter, giving a perfect sparkle! Tamp off the excess, use a knife or paint brush to sweep away any extra powder dots that adhere to the non inked areas and then heat set.
We stamped two Twinchie Squares to show the difference, with, and without the embossing powder. The one on the left was just stamped with just white ink, while the one on the right was stamped and then covered with the embossing powder. The embossed version is definitely brighter and although it's hard to see in the photo, does have a significant sparkle from the glitter.
Stamp Fred P. Bear, from Memory Box, on white card stock and color with Copic Markers. Be sure and use a light hand and the pointed tip to color the scarf with R29 and then using C1 Cool gray #1 just inside the black line. When you cut out the bear, leave a little white space - don't cut exactly to the black line.
'Float' the bear in front of the trees by using bits of foam tape. (PS - we buy ours in HUGE rolls from the hardware store!) Finish with a Winter Wishes greeting from Rubbermoon stamps.