This is my card for the Splitcoaststampers October Fan Club Challenge where this month, we have a photo inspiration challenge. If you are a Fan club member, come and play along and get ahead with your Christmas cards and beat the rush. You can see the details on the challenge here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/fo...e-t579015.html Thanks Stacy for running these challenges - I have a growing stash of cards :-) Yay!
The ink that I used for the brayered sky is by Kaleidacolor - Blue Breeze. For some reason, the photo looks a bit patchy here but the colour graduation is super-smooth IRL - weird - although I did use a different photo editing program as the LCD screen on our main home computer failed yesterday and I don't have the same editing program on my laptop.
I stamped the trees using Stazon Jet Black and stamped some without re-inking to give the impression of depth. The Santa and Sleigh Silhouette was also stamped with Jet Black ink. I diecut a small circle of glossy cardstock for the moon and sponged on some Colorbox Bisque (yellow) chalk ink then stamped part of the silhouette image on the moon and simply glued the circle to the background matching up the reindeer. I have found this method works better for me than masking off a circle for the moon and then brayering over the top as I would always end up with ragged edges on the moon and I just didn't like how it looked. Either that or the ink would soak through the mask which would ruin the whole effect :-( The method I used is far simpler and way easier for me as I am not very skilled at brayering (yet!).
Please note that the Inkadinkado Silhouettes stamp set is RETIRED but I have some suggestions of other stamps that you could use instead on my blog post at the link below. Once the trees were dry, I rubbed my Anti-Static pad over the bottom of the trees and stamped my sentiment using Versamark Watermark ink and heat-set it using AED White Detail embossing powder. Whilst it was still hot, I poured on AED Bubble Fizz fine glitter and then heat-set it again to set the glitter - but you have to be careful not to overheat the embossing or it will go flat. I saw this technique done by Gina from Gina K Designs on a recent video - thank you Gina :-)
I used a finger dauber and Ranger Picket Fence (white) Crackle Distress Paint to sponge around the edges of my image panel to give the impression of cold, snowy conditions. The white dots of snow on the trees were done with a Uniball Signo White pen UM-120AC.
I did a teeny tiny little red nose on the leading reindeer using Ruby Red Liquid Pearls (I have a close-up photo on my blog). It is hard to tell in the photo but I went around the edge of the main panel with Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue then popped the panel up on dimensionals.
The dps are by Lili of the Valley (UK) from their Frosty pad. I again used Picket Fence paint around the edges of the base panel. The side panel was punched using an EK Success Scalloped Scallops border punch. All the layers were trimmed to 1/16" using my Perfect Layers Tools.
The 3/8" or 10mm wide white organza ribbon was attached in a separate elements and the bow itself was made using my Bow Easy. I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying. I added 3 diecut My Favorite Things Die-namics Snowflakes (smallest die in the set of 3) and only glued down the centres and bent the points up a little. I added a light blue Kaisercraft rhinestone SB774 to the centres.
Accessories: Brayer, Perfect Layers Tools, Big Shot, Lifestyle circle die, MFT Die-namics snowflake die, white detail ep, fine glitter, Ruby Red liquid pearls, ribbon, blue rhinestones, EK Scalloped Scallops border punch, white gel pen, Ranger Picket Fence paint