Monday 24 September 2012

Sparkle the Dark Up!

The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is "for the love of sparkle".  I've been getting quite into the Christmas spirit with this one - all those cosy thoughts of snuggling up to a log fire and watching the snow sparkle in the light outside.  Of course, I don't actually have a log fire and I'm much more likely to be digging my car out of the snow than sitting back and watching it sparkle, but that's hardly the point!  It's so magical to be out in a thick snow fall, watching the flakes slowly fall to the ground where they twinkle and sparkle - roll on December!

I've used this theme as an excuse to make a start on my holiday cards (I just hope that the next one I make isn't in a rush on Christmas Eve, lol).  I stamped the snowflake 4 times with Versamark watermark ink to create a resist on the background and then applied Distress Inks in various shades of blue over the top.

The main snowflake was stamped with black archival ink and then filled with a white paint pen.  I used the same technique on the "merry" panel, using the white pen and a grey Promarker to highlight the lettering.  Both panels were mounted on white card that had been lightly inked in blue and the card was assembled.

Oh, and "Sparkle the dark up"?  A line from my favourite Christmas song, "December will be magic again" by Kate Bush!

Supplies I used included:

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Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Dan, love the resist in the background and your focal image really pops with the white highlights . Great lettering too. Ooh I wanted to say thanks for joining in the challenge then , it's just automatic for me lol. Tracy x

Candy C said...

Dan, I always get such a kick out of reading your posts. Your humor is so infectious. You almost had me imagining myself, sitting by the fire, sipping hot cocoa and watching out the window, as the snow was gently falling. Then, you burst that cozy bubble as you bring back the reality of digging out your car! haha Your sparkle piece is beautiful. I love how you've used the blueprint snowflake to create such a lovely piece. Love the idea of the white opaque pen to fill in the snowflake! And I love the blue background! <3 Candy

Dorothy said...

I like it Dan!

Andrea said...

Christmas already have I missed a couple of months LOL your arts as wonderful as always Dan and have to agree your postings are a pleasure to read x

misteejay said...

What a super card.

I could have done with the reality of the blazing fire today - it was soooooooooooo cold at work (and the heating doesn't go on until October).

Toni xx

Sandra said...

Gorgeous card, Dan! Love how you've shaded those letters! Very cool! Hugs, Sandra

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Beautiful holiday, piece! I love the simple sentiment of "Merry", just beautiful!

Simon Says Stamp!

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful blue hues and the touches of snow really pop! Lovely Christmas card!

fatmonica said...

Love the background and the snowflake.It's a great card!

Words and Pictures said...

Fantastic... looks just like ice cracking on the background - what a great card, and a great post to read too!
Alison x

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