Can you believe it’s been a year since I joined my very first design team? I can’t! Since then I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of a number of teams as well as various guest design posts (you can find details of them all here.) And I’m happy to say that I’m joining another team! Starting with today’s post I’m going to be creating monthly for Christmas at Sweet Stampin’. As you can no doubt guess the challenge is a Christmas themed one, and I’m sure it will be a big help towards keeping me on track with my Christmas card making!
For this card I started by die cutting all my elements. The darker trees were actually in my stash having been die cut a while ago. They’re cut using Impression Obsession’s Evergreen Trees dies. For my background I used a retired die from Clearly Besotted to create the hill and tree border. I used a lighter green for the background than for the trees.
I picked out a blue card base and used my white pigment ink to add clouds. I have mentioned before that I’m not a huge fan of this pigment ink. I find it very difficult to work with as it does not seem to give good coverage. I was again struggling trying to blend it with a sponge when I gave up and instead just applied the ink directly with the ink pad. I was surprised at how well it worked! It gave a much better coverage than the ink blending had.
Once I had my clouds added to the background I continued to add pigment ink, this time to my green elements. I coated the stand alone trees with the ink, as well as the top edge of the hill and trees. I then swiped the pad along the green panel at various levels to give the looks of hills and valleys. Once I was happy with it I also went in very lightly with a white pencil to shade along the tops of the hills I’d created to help give them a bit more definition.
I adhered my hill panel to my card base, then played around working out how I wanted to arrange my three trees before adding them on. I settled on having them arranged from smallest to largest, with the smallest furthest back. This helps them make sense in the scene, as further away objects would appear smaller.
The final element to add to my card was a sentiment. I used one from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages and stamped it with silver pigment ink towards the bottom left of my card, where it fit nicely alongside the trees.
When I showed this to my husband he told me it’s not a proper Christmas card, because it’s not snowy enough. (He was being silly!) I suppose it depends where you spend your Christmas! Here in Finland, which is where my husband is from, most Christmases are snowy. And when it snows it seems to snow a lot! I grew up in South East England though, where snow was a lot less normal than it is here. So a snowy Christmas in England might look more like the scene on my card – just a light dusting of snow. In any case, I’m quite pleased with how the scene came together, and I particularly like the depth I managed to achieve once I got the white ink to behave!
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Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ – Anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas
Digi Choosday – Anything Goes
HLS Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
So Suzy Stamps Challenge – Christmas In July
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)