Indigo Blu Snowman

Hello everyone. I hope you managed to enjoy the festive period in whichever way you chose, and hopefully looking forward to the New Year.

I haven’t had much time to put a card together, though did manage a little crafting, just not to make anything in particular. I have been spending some time thinking about up-coming challenges for the ABC Christmas Challenge – as I will be on the Design Team for the next 6 months!! Yay!! My first Design Team position – and it means making Christmas cards every month – a win-win situation for me. Hopefully, you will be able to join us.

The card below was one I put together whilst having a sort-out of some of my Christmas crafting boxes:

It incorporates some distress oxide blending, masking, a little stamping – and generally getting a little messy! That always happens when I ink blend, and especially when using a mask. If the ink isn’t all over my hands, then it’s where I don’t want it to be, or all over my glass mat – and therefore transfers to everything!

I found this Indigo Blu snowman stamp in a box of Christmas stamps I had ‘filed’ away. Goodness knows how long I’ve had it – and it’s never been used!

I stamped the image, then stamped again on some masking paper, then went ahead with the masking and ink blending. I used a darker blue for the upper part – trying to make it look like the sky, and a lighter blue for the ‘snow’ on the ground.

I then splattered some water on it, then splattered some Gansai Tambi ‘white gold’ – and just kept splattering. More mess!

I wasn’t truly happy with how this turned out – but then I added the MFT sentiment, and it seemed to tie the whole thing together.

I left the snowman white – a little shading around the edge, and also left the little birdie white – a very monochrome card. And it’s also a one-layer card. I took on the challenge – no idea why – but I am pleased with how it all came together.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

The Library Craft ChallengeThe Snowman

Watercooler challengesanything goes

The Male RoomMasculine and the colour blue

Ready, Set, Snow

Hello everyone. I have a big card for you today, made for the Guest Designer spot on the current challenge at 52CCT. The challenge is to use any challenge from 2017, and I chose the October 2017 theme challenge of ‘Winter Sports‘:

I stamped the images from MFT ‘Ready, Set, Snow‘ using Gina K amalgam ink, then coloured with my Copics – attempting some shading again. Once I was happy, I die cut them, then set about the scene itself.

Now – this scene took me forever to work out. I wanted a card large enough to take all my images, which meant I had to die cut the mountains and the slopes by moving the die along.

I distressed the edges of the slopes to give some dimension to the layers, and also used Distress Oxides for the sky.

I then played with the layout of my snowboarding animals, moved the tress around a little, then stuck them down. I did stamp and colour the little houses, but felt they would have been too much in the background, so I left them off.

Then – I forgot the sentiment! What to do? What to do? Shall I attempt stamping it onto my card? Dare I brave it? Well – yes – of course! I could always put a banner there if it went wrong….. 🙂

So – using my Misti – I took the sentiment from MFT ‘Santa and Friends‘ and stamped it. Phew! Thank good ness it worked alright.

All-in-all I think this card has taken me the longest to make for a while. I keep trying the scenes, and sometimes it works – sometimes it doesn’t. I  seem to get the layering wrong, or go too far with the elements, but I really like how this card turned out. Hubby has already nabbed it for the Christmas card for his his business partner!

I hope you are managing to play along with this challenge…… 🙂 🙂

ps – I see a little stray cat hair has got behind one of my mountains…….oh well!! They do like to keep me company when I am crafting.

Current challenge
October 2017 theme challenge

Merry Christmoose

Hello there. Phew – it’s been a busy week. I have made time to practice my Copic colouring, but found I was colouring loads of things – but never making a card. So – here is one I made this evening:

I ink blended a background with three blue colours, and decided not to splatter or splash or change those blues, as I like how clean and almost pure it turned out. This was placed behind the Lawn Fawn backdrop die. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted ‘Merry Christmoose’ stamp set.

Once I had stamped and Copic coloured the reindeer/moose I die cut them and stuck them down as you see. I only used a couple of colours on these images, as I am still learning about shading etc.

The trees are from MFT ‘Ready, Set, Snow‘ also coloured, die cut, and slotted into the background. This time I used three green colours – gosh…….I’m getting very fancy, aren’t I? 🙂

I added some sparkle to the tress and to the top of each of the hills, which is slightly showing on the photo – much better in ‘real life’.

The photo was taken in a light box I recently purchased, as I found that being able to take bright pictures at this time of year – winter, UK – is quite difficult. This is the other picture:

This is something else I’m trying to get to grips with – but I think I need a bigger box………..gonna have a look later….

So, what with the light box and colouring, it’s a learning curve at the moment for me. I bought some Copics recently, and am really loving playing with them. I also joined the Kit and Clowder Monthly Colouring Class, and even just playing with the first two lessons – video and work-sheet – I feel I have learned lots about using Copics, and using a light source. 

Here is my practice sheet:

The odd coloured berry at the top is using a different set of reds – not bright enough for me so I changed them……………I don’t think I’ve done too badly with my first lesson…..positive thinking!

I shall be entering the card into the following challenges:

The Alphabet Challenge – ‘R’ for Reindeer

Crazy 4 Challengesa card that features a tree

Try It On Tuesday  – winter wonderland

Inkspirational challengeanything Christmas