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