I hope you're managing to keep warm and safe in this horrible freezing weather. We and our neighbours have spent the weekend shovelling snow and chopping out ice to try and make our cul-de-sac accessible so that those of us who have to go to work could get out this morning. I'm not one of those thank goodness but my Hubby is. With great trepidation I took the dog to the park for the first time in a week today and came back having made my mind up that for once I'm going to be making a strong complaint with the high ups on our local council. Apart from the main bus routes, hardly any roads and no pavements at all have seen a snowplough or a handful of grit! The 5 inch thick ice is lethal to try and walk on and having injured a tendon slipping on ice at the beginning of the year I was petrified of doing a repeat performance. Okay, sorry about the little rant but now I've got that off my chest I'll get down to more important matters like crafting, Lol!
My first make today uses one of the latest Crafty Individuals stamps which combines two of my favourite types of image - trees and swirls! The card is made using simple stamping and matting and layering with just a couple of swirls cut with a Marianne Creatable die.
I stamped the main image and the single swallow on the background using Coffee Archival ink and just added Sakura Sparkle pen to the swirls and the swallows on the main image.
This next card uses an image from the Elusive Images Damask Reindeer set (UA4SP0263). I stamped the image with Onyx Black Versafine and then colours with Copics. I added some ultrafine glitter which was very difficult to show on the photo and then layered it onto a piece of green mirri card run through my Big Shot in a Tim Holtz/Sizzix embossing folder.
It's very rare I use mirri card or glitter but the mirri does show off embossing really well.
I stamped a holly sprig with Versamark and clear embossed on the black card layer and then stamped the main image using Onyx Black Versafine and touched in certain areas with a very fine paintbrush and Ecoline Gold. That waterbased ink is absolutely gorgeous and looks like real molten gold in the bottle. I was really pleased with the classy look of this card (even though I say so myself, Lol) so I decided to make it again this weekend as my Christmas card for my Mum.
Details of any of the Elusive Images stamps can be found by clicking on the Design Team logo in my sidebar and the Crafty Individuals stamps and the swirl die (which is from a set) and any of the inks used are also available at Graphicus.
As always, thank you for your visit and any comments you have time to leave so that I know you have stopped by and I can visit you back. I've had a lovely time this past few days catching up with all the lovely creations my blogging friends have been posting recently.
Warm hugs to you all,
PS I keep forgetting to remind everyone that the photos are clickable if you wish to see a closeup.