Saturday, October 18, 2014

Snowy Christmas


Hi everyone.  It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS.  This one is being hosted by our very talented and fun-loving, Marie (bailey rosy) ... and she chose this wonderful code word ...





Prize:  3 digital images



I started out by sponging two colours of Distress inks on vellum for the misty sky. Diluted white acrylic paint was splattered over top for the falling snow.  I printed off a fun digital image of a snowman, but he seemed too solid white to go with the background, so I printed it off again onto vellum and layered it on top of the white snowman ... love how he has a bit of a misty look as well.  His nose and scarf are coloured with Copics, and dots from a white gel pen decorate the scarf.  Easy, peasy card.

I loved the look of the sponged sky on vellum so much that I had to make a second card :)  This time making it more elegant with a snowy hillside scene and lots of glitter.




Hannelie is again joining us as our Guest Designer at ATCAS.  Click HERE to check out her amazing vellum design, along with the fabulous vellum cards from the rest of the Design Team.

The challenge is open for two weeks so there's lots of time to join in the fun! :)


I'm entering this into the fabulous challenge at Merry Monday (#130 - Silent Night). It is being run by LeAnne and she picked a gorgeous inspiration photo ... and I think my second vellum card works well for the challenge.











Smiling Snowman:
Stamps:  Smiley Snowman (Sweet 'n Sassy);  Winter Chuckles (C.C. Designs)
Paper:  White (Neenah);  Vellum (Bazzill - 40 lb.)
Ink:  Broken China, Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz); Smoky Slate (SU!); Copics
Accessories & Tools:  Sponges, paint brush for splattering, white acrylic paint, Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)white gel pen

Snowy Hillside:
Stamps:  Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower - sentiment only (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Vellum (Bazzill - 40 lb.)
Ink:  Broken China, Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz); Smoky Slate
Accessories & Tools:  Sponges, paint brush for splattering, white acrylic paint, Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), dazzling details (SU!); Fir Tree border die (impression Obsession); Modern Landscape die (Memory Box)


Challenges:
Merry Monday #130


43 comments:

Hannelie said...

I LOVE the effect of the vellum on your card Loll!
Thanks for your kind words, and the link to my blog!

Julie Beech said...

Love both of these Loll, the vellum gives the cards a really soft effect. :) x

Marianne said...

Oh, I love the effect of the vellum and the acrylic paint. More techniques for me to try lol.
The first design would also be really fun as a shaker cards, but of course it would not fit the current challenge theme.

sandie said...

The sponging does look great on the vellum and both cards are stunning. I love all the sparkle on the second x

Joan said...

What a beautiful effect on the vellum, love both your cards

Judith said...

Beautiful cards! Love the first one!

Valerie Nolan said...

Love how you've used the vellum Loll, both cards are fabulous and I just love the expression on the snowman's face :-)
Val x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Oh my gosh Loll, this is so sweet! Love you made windows to put your wintery scenes in, makes it feel so much more 3d, like I'm watching one of those old animated specials on TV. Especially love your snowman, I want to hug him! ha! hugs :)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Fabulousness!! Both cards are so awesome, but the cute snowman got my attention :)

Stamps and Paper said...

Two lovely Christmas cards Loll...love your cute little snowman he's adorable...and you've created a lovely winter scene

Anne

Betty Keefe said...

wow - both fantastic cards - love what you did with the vellum - especially the second card!!!

Maura R said...

Love both of these cards, Loll - particularly the second one, Love the softness and the sparkle, and the background!

Cathymac said...

Love the look of the vellum on these, Loll! You used one of my favorite snowman images…so adorable!

Lee-Anne said...

Love that delightful snowman...such a sweet smile! Love the soft colors you've used, Loll! So pretty! And the snowy peaceful scene is stunning in its simplicity...LOVE!

Patricia Gessner said...

Am going to make these for sure! Love it!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Love them both Loll! Great art with tHe vellum, acrylics and paint! I must try this too.
You are on such a creative roll :)

Inky and Quirky said...

Gorgeous cards Loll,love the snowman,he's a cutie :)

Hugs
Donna xx

LEELOOE said...

Wonderful cards. Wellum background gives amazing impression- warm and soft. I love it.

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Fabulous inking on the vellum Loll - the splatters of acrylic paint create a very authentic snowy sky. Love both designs - the snowman is so cute, and the snowy village is one of my fave dies!
Hugs, Sylvia x

Bonnie said...

What an adorable snowman! He looks so happy in the snow flurries! And the village is very elegant! Love the vellum sky and the forest that anchors the village! Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

Susan said...

Both gorgeous! Especially love the second one with the layering of the diecuts - you achieved great dimension!

Deepti said...

Truly beautiful !!! I love love love the vellum sky, so serene and pretty :)

nancy littrell said...

OMG Loll, your snowman is so cute and your winter scene so beautiful. Wonderfully creative uses of vellum on both cards. TFS and always inspiring my friend.

Harriet Skelly said...

Oh Loll, these cards are gorgeous!!! I never thought to sponge distress inks onto vellum - I only tried coloring vellum with copics or watercolors and I didn't get very good results - I need to try this!

Lyn Wallan-Smith said...

Oh my such beautiful cards <3

Nonni said...

Hmm, I wonder what happened to my comment... In case you didn't get the first comment I was admiring your sponging on vellum (will try it!) and thanking for your help: I got the goodies you recommended from SSS yesterday! Yay! xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Loll you certainly rocked this challenge not one but two outstandingly beautiful cards. I love the coloured vellum and its misty look and your snowman looks fabulous against the gorgeous sky. The second card is glorious with its beautiful tree lined scene and the touch of sparkle is perfect.

Marie

LeAnne said...

Oh my....what can I say, your challenge card is gorgeous and the snowman is adorable! Those trees and little houses (I have the houses, now you've made me WANT the trees) are perfect with the pale blue background! LOVE! Thanks for participating in my Merry Monday challenge this week!

Sandy said...

Fantastic Christmas cards! Doesn't that snowman look happy!
Sandy xx

Notes by Nina said...

Both card are so beautiful Lol, I love that you were able to joining us this week for Merry Monday.

Linda said...

Fabulous Christmas cards Loll. I love your little snowman.... soooo cute!!!

cm said...

Swooning...major swooning....The sponged vellum backgrounds are amazing, as is your vellum overlay snowman. As for the village...a place I'd love to visit! I may have to 'chat' with my distress inks, as this seems a do-able (maybe...) technique I may be able to handle! Love these cards!
Hugs~c

Debbie Bonczek said...

Absolutely stunning!

MaryH said...

Both of these are just super lovely. I don't work much with vellum (guess it intimidates me), but the effect you've achieved is very soft & dreamlike. Did you sponge on the front or back side of the vellum? I loved the way you've added the sparkly diecuts on #2, and done the shadowbox effect. I always get such inspiration when I see your techniques. I'm hunting for one of your mixed media cards, where you used the clear gel beads (as I found some!) and want to re-read your process. Someone shared it on FBook or else I might have missed it. Well done on today's card. I loved each one! TFS & Hugs.

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Mary. I sponged on the front of my vellum ... it worked for me and the ink dried nicely. I'll email you about the glass bead card ... Loll xx

Lisa Lara said...

Oh I have to try this. I love love love how you sponged your bg on vellum Loll. Awesome cards. I just especially adore that snowman.

Ingrid said...

Both cards are gorgeous, but I just LOVE that snowman. I don't know why I always forget to sponge on Vellum - one of my favorite surfaces...thanks for the idea! Super cute cards. :)

Benzi said...

Loll, I LOVE the snowman and the card is just beautiful.....super job. Your second card is a beautiful, wintry card, also.

Linda Callahan said...

You are amazing! These are wonderful!

Barb Ghig said...

Two really fabulous cards, Loll! I love the effect of inking on vellum...it created such a dreamy feel to your cards! I also love all the special touches you added to both cards...they're just perfect!

Brenda said...

Wow Loll, both of these cards are amazing!! I so love the ink on the vellum, must give that a try sometime. The snowman is so adorable and I love that you put a vellum snowman over top of the white one, really gives him a cool look. Pun intended! lol The second card with this technique is stunning. I love the winter scene you have created and as much as I love seeing the snow, I'm not looking forward to it this winter. I'd rather look at it on your beautiful cards instead! lol Hugs, Brenda

Mau xx said...

So slow getting around ..Sorry Loll, I love both cards, So love the snowman idea!
I haven't used Velum in ages so maybe I should just get it out and have a go :o) My new little person has stopped my crafting this past week, so I think its less cuddles for the next hour or so.
Hugs Mau xx

Jaydee said...

Loll, I love both cards, but your snowman card warms my heart. The sponging on the back of the vellum is soft and beautifully executed. Simply GORGEOUS
hugs
jaydee