Friday 25 December 2015

Heartfelt Christmas Greetings

Hi there to everybody.  Before anything else I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a happy, healthy and creative new year.  I have had a most enjoyable blogging year, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who follows, or who drops by regularly, or even just occasionally, as I really appreciate your continued interest in what I do.

I have used this Serendipity stamp called Winter Fenceline once before, but last time I changed it to Autumn.  That is the beauty of this stamp as you can make it any season you like by varying the colours.

I stamped the image on to a snippet of white card with Versafine Smokey Gray ink and coloured using Distress Inks and a brush and some water.  The colours I used were Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Seedless Preserves, Walnut Stain and Mustard Seed.  I did water the colours down well, especially the Seedless Preserves and the Mustard seed as I wanted it to be quite subdued.  Afterwards I did add a little more yellow using a Spectrum Noir yellow pencil as the sun needed a little more colour and the pencils are more controllable for finishing touches I feel.

I cut the image using a Simon Says Stitched Squares die set and then added a mat from a snippet of dark blue.  I then decided to back it with some embossed snowflakes using a Crafter's Companion Snow Flurry embossing folder and another snippet of white card.  I also added three die cut snowflakes again cut from another snippet of white card using Craft Emotions Snow Crystals die set.  I finished with a sentiment die cut from another snippet of dark blue card.

Thank you for  visiting today.

Pat  x

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 208 and 209 where we use up our snippets of card and paper etc.
Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge - December 2015. 
Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge - December 2015.  My favourite technique which I have used here is watercolouring with inks.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Winter Wonderland.


Di said...

Wow Pat, this is absolutely beautiful! I love the scene you created here - and the embossing and die cut snowflakes are just a perfect touch!

Merry Christmas!


Di xx

MaryH said...

Loved this scene in autumn.It's equally beautiful as a winter mix, and your sky lights are just perfectly lovely over these snowhills. Lots of old wandering fences around where we live. Embossing the snowflakes just added more pretty & icy to this brrrr look. Hope your day was lovely & happy. Happy New Year too. Also appreciate you being one of my blog followers too. Enjoy seeing your work. TFS & Hugs.

Viv said...

You are soooo good at these scenes Pat. Gorgeous. x

Maura said...

Pat, what a gorgeous scene you have created on your card, and I love how it is displayed against your textured snowflakes! Thanks for joining us for the Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp where we are celebrating a winter wonderland!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Love that pretty scene Pat and fabulous colouring skills too! Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Jean said...

Oh this is so beautiful Pat, you are brilliant at these water coloured scenes.I love the colours in the sky, they give a real wintry feel.
I hope Christmas was a good time for you and wish you a year of wonderful creativity in 2016.
Jean x

Sarn said...

You are a true artist Pat. This is such a wonderful card.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

AlisonC said...

A lovey evocative image, I really fancy going for a walk down there and then home for a hot choklit.

Inkyfingers said...

What a beautiful and peaceful winter scene Pat and I love the texture of the snowflakes.
Thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers and I hope you will join with us again soon.
Carol x

Bonnie said...

This is such a peaceful watercolor scene, Pat! A gorgeous Christmas card! Happy New Year!

Sue said...

Pat, what a beautiful scene you've created. Fabulous water colouring. Thank you for joining in at Happy Little Stampers.

Susan said...

Beautiful image, gorgeous water colouring!! Thanks for taking part at Happy Little Stampers.

BożenA said...

Beautiful card. You made provision for every detail and the card looks like a photograph. I love putting shadows in the snow and the sun, which coyly pierces through the trees. Wow!