Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Not a Christmas Card.....

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Hello everyone: I hope your Holidays were full of the warmth of family and friends and enjoying the sweet smells of the Season, opening gifts and cheering the New Year.
I wish for all of you, Peace, Health, Joy, Love and Prosperity in 2017.

So, here we go, with our first challenge for you for 2017 over at the RETRO RUBBER challenge blog, that will give you a chance to make a card that has NO Holiday theme in it, we just want to see some SNOW.  If you live in the Northern part of this Country, you definitely have snow on the ground so, here is my card, picturing one of the fun and fabulous things you can do with snow.

This sweet image is from a long ago retired Stampin' Up! set called "Winter Memories" from the 2012 Holiday Mini. All 3 images are totally different, so beautiful and very Vintage.
I stamped it onto a die cut panel of Strathmore multi media paper and colored it with SU markers and a couple of Crayola markers for the little girl's outfit, I sponged some Broken China Distress ink for the sky and then, using a snow fall stencil, I applied some embossing paste, I've been practicing, it's fun and this embossing paste truly adds a lot of beautiful dimension to your cards. I added a bit of Dazzling Diamonds to some of the snow shadows for some sparkle.
Then I embossed the background with the retired SU Northern Flurry embossing folder and added some Rhine Stones to the snowflakes for a bit of bling, this embossing folder is lovely.
The sentiment is from the also retired from SU set called "Snow Much Fun" from the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog, super adorable images, I masked the part that says "Wish your Christmas is" and only ink up the  "snow much fun" part.
Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.

The frame is from a retired Flourishes set called "Country Charm Labels", the sentiment is from the "Winter Memories" set, I cut it in 3 sections to fit the frame because it's a long sentence.
The little pine cones branch is from a Power Poppy set called "Merry Littles".
I hope you find a bit of time to join us in the gallery, remember to please use stamps that are at least 1 year old, whether you purchased them a year ago or they were released a year ago, the RETRO RUBBER challenge is dedicated to all of our old and beloved stamps that we have been neglecting for a while, we want you to ink them up and show them off in our gallery.
Please read our rules, they are simple and few but important.
For more inspiration, go to my teammates blogs or to the challenge page HERE to see their wonderful creations.
Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my blog, I want you to know I appreciate this more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping. 
Hugs from Maria.


Katy McGloin said...

Maria, I love this card! The stamp image of children mnaking a snowman is timeless!! I want to try some embossing paste also, so thanks for the reminder. It added great dimension to your scene! Love that embossing folder also... really sparkles with the rhinestone jewels! Great card!

PJ said...

Your card just sparkles with all those dazzling diamonds and the way you colored your picture so perfectly it just pops. How super clever and crafty to cut your sentiment into 3 sections to have it fit so nice. Great job.

Donna Idlet said...

Maria, love your card! Love the scene of the children building a snowman. Love your coloring and the frame you put around the image. And lastly love the embossed snowflakes! Great card all around!

Neva Cole said...

Maria, it is great how you framed your image by die cutting the dimensional layer! Wonderful coloring job of a great little scene!

Jan Clothier said...

Such a sweet scene. I like the way the bright colours of the children playing contrasts with the white of the rest of the card front. That embossing folder you've used looks gorgeous: a perfect choice. I'm impressed that you used embossing paste in the scene - such detail. It's a lovely piece of work.

Mary Fish said...

Lovin' your snowy scene!

Debbie Mageed said...

Absolutely fantastic card, Maria! Everyone has mentioned all of the great details, but my favorite is how you layered the stamped image. That is the perfect touch for this card!! I always love seeing what you come up with for our challenges. This stamp set was available when I was "never going to watercolor." Now I sure wish I had it in my stash!

Jane Knudsen said...

I LOVE this card! Your coloring is magnificent of course but really the embossing paste snowflakes really make this card! Beautiful!!!

Claire Grantham said...

As always Maria, a beautifully coloured image. I love the embossing paste snowflakes, as Jane said, they really make the card. Clairex

Christine Traversa said...

What a great card! Love all the details, embossing and vintage feel too! Thank you for the lovely inspiration! Ps. Thank you for the lovely bd card!❤️❤️