Hi all. I can't believe another month has gone by, and May's Rudolph Day is here. Stamping for Pleasure's Sarn runs this challenge which asks for two cards, and I am going to try to enter each month from now on. I started last month as personally I find it difficult to think about Christmas cards too early in the year.
I recently acquired a set of hexagon dies from X-Cut so I thought I would christen them on this first card. I used a snowflake stamp from Chocolate Baroque called Snowflake Shadow and I stamped it onto a snippet/scrap of white card using Versamark Ink and WOW Sparkling Snow EP, and die cut with the smallest hexagon die. I coloured these with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and then some cut from plain white card I coloured with a combination of Peacock Feathers and Memento Nautical Blue. I kept adding the ink until the colour was quite dark, as you can see, but when finished I think they would have looked better slightly lighter in tone, but never mind. I found a design I liked and stuck them to a square white card. On the left hand side I used the three deer and tree from the set by Claritystamp, and stamped using the Memento Nautical Blue ink. I finished by adding some shadows under the deer and tree, and on the snow to give some shape, and added a sentiment with the same Nautical Blue ink.
The second card uses a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder called Winter House, which I have had for several years, but now seems to have been discontinued. I used a scrap/snippet of white card and then as I wanted to put it on a square card, I cut it down. I like the monochromatic look in blue, as you can see, so I used some Adirondack Stonewashed Ink which I added with a water brush to the sky and the houses, and then I added a little shadow to the buildings in the Nautical Blue, but it doesn't show up that well in the photo. To add sparkle and texture I used a Versamark pen and painted some on the roofs and on the snow in front of the houses, and heat embossed with the WOW Sparkling Snow EP. I then added some Perfect Pearls to the little dots of snow and the smoke from the chimney, and to the roofs and snow in front as well. I think it just adds some extra shine, and I also added a sentiment with the Nautical Blue. I then finished by matting on to some dark blue card, and then on to the base card which I decorated using the snowflake stamp from the Clarity set using the Nautical Blue ink.
I hope you had a good weekend. Those of you in the US I see had a Memorial Day on Monday, our equivalent of which is Remembrance Day in November. If we lived in the perfect world there would be no need to have Memorial/Remembrance Days, but I don't see things changing much for the foreseeable future, so we all remember in our own way all those who have served and are still serving their countries in this way.