Friday, 20 November 2015

Winter In Paris

Hello there, 

Before I start, I'd just like to welcome my new followers and say thank you for joining me on my crafting journey.  I really appreciate the time that all of my followers so kindly spend leaving such lovely comments on my blog, it really means a lot :)

The card that I'm sharing with you is one that I've made for this month's 'Fashionable Stamping Challenges' and their theme this month is 'Winter In Paris.'

I don't really have many Parisian stamps so I decided to use one that I've had for many years by Stampendous. When I think of winter colours, it's the cool colours such as blues and purple that come to mind and so I chose to use Distress blueprint Sketch and Memento Lulu Lavender as the background colours.
I started the card by stamping the main image in the center of the card using Versafine Black Onyx.  I then masked off the word Summer and stamped in the word winter to make the sentiment appropriate for the challenge. I  decided that instead of just blending the colours for my background as I usually would, that I would try something a little different to give the card more of an 'Arty' feel.  I tend to stick to making cards that are in my comfort zone but I feel that it's definitely time to try some new techniques so I used a stencil by Stamposaurus which I bought at the Doncaster show a few weeks back. I'm wishing now that I'd bought a snowflake stencil as that would have worked perfectly on this occasion but the one that I've used sort of gives the feel of looking through a leaded  glass window and I quite like the end result. I had originally planned to colour the flowers in blue but I felt that it needed some contrast from the background so I water coloured them with Distress Fire Brick and used a Marvy marker pen to darken the centers.  Using a Twiggy Branch stamp by Inkylicious, I stamped some black branches and then used a Crystal embossing powder to give them a frosty look.  I then used the same branch and used a white embossing powder to look like snow on the branches.  I finished the card by tearing some strips of white card and adding them to the bottom of the card to give the effect of fallen snow.

    I'd just like to say thank you to those who asked about and sent good wishes for my Granddaughter.  I'm pleased to say that she's on the mend, still looking a little washed out but she's back to her happy little self which is a great relief to us all. x


brenda said...

So many techniques and a wonderful finished creation Sandra, Paris in the Winter is a lovely theme as well.

B x

Mac Mable said...

Ohhh this is a striking card. I love how you explain what you've done as I am always intrigued about techniques etc, so thank you. The stencil background really does work well and adds another layer to the card. The colours you've used are just perfect with the pop of red. All perfectly set off with the twigs, the torn paper snow hills and the gorgeous stamp. So very glad your granddaughter is on the mend x Always good to hear 'good' news x

Donna said...

Very pretty :)
I have so much to learn when it comes to stamping, but with talented people like you who share on the web I'll hopefully get there one day :)

Pamellia said...

What a gorgeous card Sandma! You have really created a wonderful winter atmosphere, I can almost see the snow as it falls through the lights of a Paris night! hugs :)

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous card Sandma
Gr Karin

Di said...

How lovely to see you in the Snippets Playground Sandra! What a beautiful card too - gorgeous wintery scene and absolutely gorgeous. I just love how the twigs frame the whole corner/top and I can see you'll be a great playmate. We love folk who explain how they did things - always new techniques and tips to relish :) Come back soon please!


Di xx

Di said...

Following you too now - watch out on Sunday as I always introduce new playmates and the little stickybeaks will come over to take a peek at your blog :) You need more followers to see your fabby work for sure.


Di xx

pam said...

Hi Sandma, beautiful winter scene you have created on this gorgeous card, fabulous background using a stencil..
Pam x

Michelle said...

Beautiful card Sandma - love your gorgeous winter scene - Michelle x

Mrs.B said...

Hi Sandma, Love the wintry blues of this card and the contrast of the red flowers.
Such a great idea to alter the wording on this, one of my favourite stamps,
Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
Avril xx

Shirley said...

Oh my Sandra this is a beautiful make and is perfect for our challenge.

Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

Gerrina said...

I have the same problem with not having Paris-stamps, so I haven't made a project for this challenge...
Love the background you made! And the sentiment; great to change the word! Looks like a card that was a lot of fun making!
Enjoy the sunday!

cotnob said...

A fabulous card Sandma, you have created a gorgeous background for your fabulous stamp.

Sarn said...

Waving hello from the Snippets Playground.
LOVE this classy card.
Hugs, Sarn xxx

Laura said...

A very beautiful and classy card. I love the background you have created it really sets this card apart. x

Inkypinkydelights said...

I am pleased I have stumbled upon your Blog. Such lovely work and this is no exception. Judy x