Monday 1 January 2018

Winter Sunset

Well I hope you haven't got too much of a hangover following last nights festivities. We had a quiet one, OH stayed up to keep the dog company because of the local hotel's firework display and let me catch up on some Zzzzs. We have our daughter and Grandsons with us as well this New Year as their hot water heater blew a fuse on Friday so no hot water, with holidays etc, no repair until Tuesday or Wednesday and when you've got a 10 week old that's a pain. So a dash down the M6 delivered them here while Dad stayed at home as he had to work. 

It's back into the the DT commitments with a bang though with a brand new challenge over at STAMPlorations with our CUTplorations challenge. Here is my card 

based on this fab piccie.

When I saw this inspiration photo I just had to get my watercolours out and have a play.
On a piece of watercolour paper, I washed in some pink, purples, blues and a little yellow to create the sky and some of the same colours into the foreground snow.
When dry, I took a piece of copy paper torn across and laid down over mt scene where the trees would meet the snow then took the smallest of the stamps from the Feathery set and using Stormy Sky DI and some water stamped some shaped to represent the distant trees. Leaving my paper mask in place, I used the same stamp to create the foreground, this time using  Black Onyx ink.
A few freehand flicks with a black fineliner and that part was complete.
The phrase die Warm Winter Wishes was then used to cut the panel and it was replaced by a black foam one that I had previously cut. Don't loose the small pieces because you need to replace them back. A strip of double sided tape on the reverse of the panel works well to secure the inserts.
I wasn't sure whether I would use the original die cut or not but in the end I decided to use a contrast die cut from plain white card.
Job done.
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  1. So beautiful. Julie. What an artist. Happy 2018 teamie! Sounds like it got off to an exciting start.

  2. Oh wow, this is a real beauty Julie. Your sky is amazing and the die cut sentiment perfectly placed. No hangover here, Martin was back to work so an early night as there was such rubbish on TV. Hope your daughters heating is soon fixed although it must be lovely to have them staying!! Happy New Year xx

  3. Your card is totally stunning, Julie - I love the watercoloured scene and using the feathers stamp for the trees is inspired!

  4. Lovely card. Thanks so much for having us. Even if we do tire you out! We love you very much.

  5. So soft and pretty!
    Great winter colors!

  6. Awesome background Julie. Love your feathery trees with the soft misty ones in the background. Perfect choice of sentiment too.

  7. Your watercoloring is gorgeous!! Remember, you must use a die from a company carried at the Dies R Us store to qualify for the prize. Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Anything Goes DRU’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  8. Julie, that is gorgeous winter scene! LOVE IT!
    Happy New Year, teamie!

  9. Your wintry scene is a gorgeous interpretation of the photo, Julie! Impressive water-colouring! Happy New Year!

  10. Gorgeous winter scene, Jules. Your watercolouring is always amazing! xx

  11. Jules, really, which is the photo and which is your card?! Your work is THAT good! I am in awe of your skills!! Happy New Year! Hopefully, everyone is back home and things are back to normal, even for the wee one! Hugs, Darnell

  12. Gorgeous Sky and stamped trees using your feather stamp..very clever. Love the colors for your sky. Such a beautiful scene. TFS Jules. Hugs.

  13. It's a gorgeous card, I could get lost in it... it's like a painting where you imagine yourself. It's simply stunning x

  14. Have already commented here but got my DT hat on now. What an amazing scene you created here Julie. Simply stunning. Thanks for sharing with us at HLS Watercolour Challenge.

  15. Finally finding the time to tell you how wonderful your card is!!!! LOVE!!!!

  16. Beautiful winter scene! Thank you for sharing your card at Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge.


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