Scene Building with Picket Fence Studios

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Hello everyone! Bonnie here from BONNIECAROLLEE MAKES CARDS. Do you find scene building a challenge? Picket Fence Studios' makes a large range of products that are specifically designed for this purpose. Scene building just got a whole lot easier! I have a Christmas card that illustrates a number of these products put to work!  A link to a Video Tutorial to see everything in action can be found at the end of this post!


  • A panel of Canson XL water colour paper about 6" x 9" was colour washed using Gansai Tambi paints. I chose these water colours because the colour is vivid and it is easy to build up the intensity. 

TIP: A couple of minutes before your session, add a few droplets of water to the pans of colours to be used to soften the paints.

  • Using a 'wet on dry' technique blue and purple is applied to the top half of the paper and green to the bottom. (wet paint on dry paper😉!) After a couple of applications, the colour will be bolder. The paint is dried with a heat tool between coats.  
  • Two profiles from Scene Building: Mountains were used to cut the blue/purple section of the paper and Evergreens On A Hill Cover Plate was used to cut the green area. The Evergreens die was also used to cut white card stock and the trees were trimmed off.


  • Slimline Our Town Cover Plate and Scene Building: A Street Lamp were cut from black card stock.  
  • White card stock was used to cut a third profile from Scene Building: Mountains die set.
  • A card front size panel (4” x 5 1/4”) of the water colour paper was colour washed using a ‘wet on wet’ technique. Starting about halfway up, red paint was applied to wet paper followed by purple and dark blue. The colours were slightly overlapped to blend them.  After the panel was dry, a second coat was applied.
  • Yellow card stock was adhered to the back of the windows on the section of the Slimline Our Town Cover Plate die cut that would be used in the scene.


  • The two white hillside panels were stamped with Versamark ink using Scene Building: Winter Scenery. Sparkle Puff was used to emboss the snowy texture. The Versamark ink pad was rubbed along the top of the panels and the edges also embossed.
  • All of the die cut sections and the background were spattered with Dr. Martin’s Bleedproof White using a fan brush.
  • The die cuts were layered onto the background.  As each layer was adhered, starting with the mountains, they were trimmed down to the width of the background.  Trimming the die cut layers as the scene is built allows some flexibility positioning each profile.
  • The white hillside was adhered to the Evergreens On A Hill Cover Plate before it was mounted.

  • The final layer, the white snowy foreground, was mounted on Extra Wide Foam.
  • After yellow card stock was adhered to the back of the lights on Scene Building: A Street Lamp die cut, the portion that would overhang the foam-backed foreground was mounted on a foam die cut. The base of the post was adhered directly to the foreground with liquid adhesive.
  • A media paint brush … the bristles are stiffer than a water colour brush … was used to apply Paper Velvet Winter Snowfall to just about EVERYTHING!!! These snowy accents were given a twinkle with Paper Glitz Sparkle.
  • A pale yellow Zig Water Brush pen was used to add in light reflection on the snow.
  • The sentiment from Swanky Christmas Sentiments was stamped with Hybrid Black Ink and clear embossed.  Both the sentiment and foam were cut with the coordinating die and stacked to finish up this card.  

A Video Tutorial is available HERE.

For more ideas on using products from Picket Fence Studios, visit my blog at  Until next time, don’t wait for the perfect moment to create … just do it and have fun! Thank you for visiting us! 


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