Ice Rink

by France Martin

Create a chilly winter scene with a icy pond.


  • Watercolor paper (Stampin’ Up® brand used here)
  • Watercolor medium (SU watercolor pencils and ink used here)
  • Watercolor brush (SU Aqua Painter used here)
  • Scenic stamps (SU Lovely As A Tree set used here)
  • Liquid glue or other glaze that dries clear and glossy (SU Fine Tip Glue used here)
  • Embossing paste (SU Shimmery White Embossing Paste used here)
  • Palette knives
  • Ink (SU Balmy Blue and Smoky Slate used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (SU supplies used here: Balmy Blue, Basic Gray and Cherry Cobbler cardstock, In the Woods Framelits, Be Mine Stitched Framelits, Beauty Abounds stamp set, Aqua Painter )


  1. Step 1

    Using a watercolor pencil (Pacific Point used here), draw a pond. Scribble lightly inside the drawing to fill in the area.

  2. Step 2

    Use a waterbrush or a wet brush to blend out the pencil and watercolor the pond.

  3. Step 3

    Place a piece of copy paper about 2” from the top as a mask. Use a waterbrush or wet brush and a light blue ink to apply a light tint of blue for the sky. Let dry completely before continuing.

  4. Step 4

    Add stamped details to the scene.

  5. Step 5

    Apply a heavy layer of fine-tip glue over the pond. Lay flat and let dry. This will take a few hours to dry, untouched.

  6. Step 6

    Apply embossing paste all around the pond and at the bottom of the sky line.

  7. TIP:
    Die cuts can be tucked into the snow while the embossing paste is still wet.

  8. Step 7

    Embellish 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 Ice Rink. 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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Such clever techniques; love it and thank you for sharing.
Linda from AZ  |  Wed Jan 2, 2019 at 8:32 AM
Thank you. Such beautiful results with this technique. The card inspiration is wonderful. Sometimes I like to pick up the embossing paste with a wooden coffee stirrer or skewer. But love the palette knife you demoed.
Prissequito  |  Wed Jan 2, 2019 at 8:47 AM
Such a lovely card for winter. Thank you for sharing card and tips along the way.
hopemitchell  |  Wed Jan 2, 2019 at 8:59 AM
This is magic. Thank you so much sharing your amazing talent with us.
Susie Williams  |  Wed Jan 2, 2019 at 3:06 PM
Very nice technique! Thank you for sharing this. I think you'll have an easier time with the paste if you use the back of your palette knife to pick it up.
Jeanette Giancaspro  |  Thu Jan 3, 2019 at 1:15 PM
Nice tutorial.
Glassdancer  |  Sun Jan 6, 2019 at 4:29 PM

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