Frosted Trees

by France Martin

Create a frosty shimmer with stamped paint.


  • Cardstock (Stampin’Up!® Whisper White, Night of Navy and Pool Party used here)
  • Shimmer, pearl, or metallic paint (SU Frost White paint used here)
  • Ink (SU Night of Navy and Pool Party inks used here)
  • Detailed stamp image (Sheltering Tree by Stampin’Up! used here)
  • Stamp positioner
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (SU supplies used here: Still Night and Spirited Snowmen stamp sets, Swirls and Curls embossing folder, 1”, 1 1/4", and 1 1/2" circle punches, sponge, sticky note)


  1. Step 1

    Shake the shimmer paint well. Add a few drops of paint onto a cello bag or other palette surface.

    Punch out a 1” circle out of a sticky note to create a reverse mask. Lay it onto your focal panel (Pool Party cardstock used here). Sponge some shimmer paint lightly in the opening. Remove the sticky note and let the paint dry.

  2. Step 2

    Using the sticky note circle punch out, mask the shimmer circle. Sponge ink around the mask. Remove mask.

  3. Step 3

    Place the cardstock panel onto the stamp positioner. Position the tree stamp on top of cardstock.

    Stamp the tree using a dark ink (Night of Navy used here). Keeping the stamp in place on the positioner, clean it well.

  4. Step 4

    Using a sponge and shimmer paint, sponge the tree stamp and stamp on the cardstock. Repeat about 3 times to have the full effect of frost. Let dry.

    Move the cardstock over just a hair so the frost appears to be on one side of the tree.

  5. Step 5

    Stamp little dots with shimmer paint for snowfall.

    Using a sponge and shimmer paint, sponge at the bottom to add some grounding to the scene.

    It’s very important to wash all stamps under warm water to remove the shimmer paint.

  6. Step 6

    Assemble the card to complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Frosted Trees. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Great tutorial as always. TFS
Linda Tarolli  |  Wed Oct 24, 2018 at 5:07 AM
Great. Winter is not my fave, but this is beautiful.
Phyllis  |  Wed Oct 24, 2018 at 5:23 AM
Love this technique. It makes winter seem almost bearable.
Amber Frank  |  Wed Oct 24, 2018 at 6:49 AM
This is a winter wonderland! Thanks for sharing Frenchie!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Oct 24, 2018 at 8:00 AM
So beautiful! I can’t wait to try it out!
Nicole Aitken  |  Wed Oct 24, 2018 at 8:46 AM
Very lovely, especially like the idea to move just a nudge.
Sonja Van Laar  |  Wed Oct 24, 2018 at 9:11 AM
Fabulous cards, Frenchie! Thank you for your excellent demo!

Shirley Baker  |  Wed Oct 24, 2018 at 9:31 AM
Lovely! Thanks for all the tips
Joan Spevak  |  Wed Oct 24, 2018 at 12:02 PM
Oh, Frenchie, what beautiful cards and a great technique! Thanks so much for sharing the great step-outs and doing the video. It's always so nice to hear your sweet voice! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Wed Oct 24, 2018 at 5:26 PM
Beautiful! I love your tutorials. I will use this technique for my card swap at the Orlando convention 2018. Thank you xo
Gail Logsdon  |  Thu Oct 25, 2018 at 6:42 AM
These are so shiny and stunning looks! Thank you, Frenchie!
Rosy Newlun  |  Fri Oct 26, 2018 at 12:03 AM
So pretty! I've done this technique with white ink in the past, but I never thought to use shimmer paint. Thank you for the inspiration. I love the "e voila" that you throw in when you reveal what you've done. It adds such a wonderful bit of charm. C'est magnifique!
Jeanette Giancaspro  |  Fri Oct 26, 2018 at 12:05 PM
Thanks so much for this lovely tutorial.
Susie Williams  |  Sat Oct 27, 2018 at 5:31 PM

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