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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Peace on Earth...

After mailing or hand-delivering a total of 80 Christmas cards for family and friends, I realized that I still had a few people that I wanted to connect with via a card over the holidays. That meant I needed to pull my Christmas cardmaking supplies out and get busy. One of the cards I came up with was this:
I decided to create a quiet, wintery scene using some distress inks, masking off the snowy hills, the sky and the moon as I began to add some color.

For the snow I used some light shading with Evergreen Bough distress ink, which is really more of a teal than a green. For the sky, I used Broken China and Dusty Concord. The trees were stamped with an old wood mounted stamp from Inkadinkadoo called "Stand of Pines."

I added some sparkle to the trees and to the star under the sentiment with a glitter pen I think you can see the sparkle in the picture at left.

The whole scene was matted with some dark purple cardstock. In fact, the cardstock I had on hand wasn't quite dark enough, so I used my Dusty Concord distress ink along the border that would show before I adhered my main panel.

The inside was simply done with a stamped sentiment matted on some more of that inked up purple cardstock.

I had fun making this card, but realized that I ought to invest in some sponge daubers so that it's a little easier to blend my background colors. I've been using makeup sponges and smaller pieces cut from a larger sponge. There were  couple of times when I thought I might have to start over, but with a little elbow grease, I managed to blend the colors to my satisfaction.

Edited to add: As I was writing this post, I meant to enter it into the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #139 - Winter Wonderland. Somehow as I neared the end of my post, I completely forgot to link it up, so I am doing it now.

I also made a completely different Christmas card, but I'll save that one for another post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.


designbydonna said...

Beautiful card. Just looking at it causes me to relax and feel peaceful.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card Cheryl and I love your sentiment stamp!

Sue said...

Cheryl, I love scene stamping, and I love your card. Something so peaceful about snow and trees. Just lovely.


Windy Ellard said...

Beautiful scene you created and it really feels peaceful! Thanks for sharing!

Mona Pendleton said...

Stunning card Cheryl! Love the beautiful winter wonderland scene that you created! Makes me want to go play in the snow!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Such a pretty, peaceful scene! Love the touches of sparkle - lovely! Thanks so much for playing with us at Merry Monday this week!

Angela Walters said...

This is such a beautiful card. It looks so peaceful and quiet! I love the scene you created!

debby4000 said...

Beautiful Christmas card.

Bananastamper said...

This is so beautiful! I love the background you've created!

LauraVi said...

Love the sky colour and the shiny trees!

Darnell said...

It's a good thing you had more cards to make and that you went back and linked up with Merry Monday, Cheryl!!
Congratulations on the HM honors!!

It's a pleasure to meet you and become your newest follower! I'd love to have you visit me and join me, too, if you like! Happy Holidays!! Darnell