Today's card is another Christmas card, although really it could be used anytime during the winter I think. It would also make a nice thank-you card for after the holidays, depending on what you wrote on the inside!
I think it's such a lovely, soft, peaceful scene. There are a lot of possibilities with this stamp (it's one large stamp). For today's card I kept it simple and monochromatic, but later below I'll show you what I did with it last year. To do the darker blue inside the oval, I created a mask by stamping the full image onto some scratch paper, then hand cutting out the oval part so that I had an oval frame. I placed the frame over the image that I had stamped onto my cardstock, and sponged inside the oval. Then I removed the mask and sponged the outside of the postcard area, getting lighter as I approached the center. The holly leaves on the outside of the frame are watercolored with Midnight Muse ink, and then I filled in the oval ring itself with a thin line of Diamond Stickles, for some snowy sparkle. Here's the sparkle in a close-up (click on it to see better):
Last year I did a warm colored card with browns and reds, for a real vintage feel. Here's how that turned out:
I actually like this one best because it has a more realistic look and a warm glow to it. But the monochromatic one was quick to make, and there is something calm and serene about it, I think. The stamp is called "Snowy Postcard," and it's by Stampendous. Hope you're having a great day - thanks for stopping by!