52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Sunday 1 December 2019

Lavinia Stamps December 2019 Monthly Challenge - Snow at Christmas

On the first of every month, Lavinia Stamps announce their new monthly challenge theme.  The theme for December 2019 is "Snow At Christmas".

If you enter the challenge (you can enter up to five times), and your name is randomly drawn, you will win £40 of vouchers to spend on lovely Lavinia goodies.

For my card, I started off creating a background using a selection of Distress Oxide Inks.  I used the swooshing technique and a paint brush to get this look.

I then stamped the "Shanty", using Versafine Clair "Twilight" which is a dark blue ink.  At first I stamped direct onto the card and then the second time on to a piece of rice paper.

At the top corner of the rice paper, I wrote right side in pencil, to remind me which way round was the right way.  I then flipped the rice paper over and started to colour the background using Arteza Brush Pens.

I then tore the edges of the rice paper so that there were no straight edges and pasted PVA glue on to the back. I then flipped it over and very carefully positioned the shanty over the original stamped image on the card.

The reason for me using the rice paper, was that I was able to achieve better colours to the shanty, rather than them beind distored by the Distress Oxide background.

Using the same "Twilight" ink, I stamped "Rory" from the "Rory and Darcy set".  His image didn't come out very cleanly, so I went over his image with a green Sakura Gelly Roll pen, which made him colour match that used on the shanty - so a happy accident!

I stamped the "Every Dream" sentiment in two lines across the large moon, using Versafine Clair "Twilight" ink.

I used a white Posca pen to create snow flakes, but it didn't really stand out very well, so I decided to get busy with the "Lavinia Holographic Moon Dust" to add some icy sparkle to the card.

I decided the foreground looked a bit bare, so I added some dots of "White Opal" Liquid Pearls.  As I was moving the card to the side to dry, I managed to drop it and smudge the wet white pearl droplets.  To cover the error, I used some green Liquid Pearls called "Mermaid", which very handily matched the colour of Rory and the door, so another happy accident.