Thursday 29 September 2011

Three Minute Thursday - Welcome Christmas sledging

Good morning! Are you ready for another in my weekly series of speedy cards? We are experiencing quite a heatwave in Buckingham and in much of the UK but I'm definitely bringing the temperature down today with another trip to Christmas-land! Come and have a look:

This has to be one of the quickest Christmas cards I've come up with yet but it's also one of my favourites. The Not Quite Navy card base is swiped with a Whisper White craft ink pad and I love the snowy, icy effects this technique creates.

Those fabulous sledging figures are stamped on top with Basic Black ink - I did wonder whether the image would show up properly over the craft ink but it works brilliantly. There were a few little spots that didn't 'take' but it's easy to run over those with a Basic Black marker.

The sentiment is from Season of Joy, another of my favourite Christmas sets. I stamped it in more of the Whisper White craft ink. This ink is a real must-have - not only for Christmas cards but all year round! The falling snow was made with dots of my Uni-ball Signo pen which shows up beautifully on the dark card stock. It doesn't look great in the close-up photo but it's quite effective when you see the whole card!

Supplies needed for this fast card:
Stamps: Welcome Christmas, Season of Joy (sentiment)
Ink: Whisper White craft ink, Basic Grey classic ink
Card stock: Not Quite Navy
Other: Uni-ball Signo pen, Basic Black marker, Stamp-a-majig.
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. Click here to view the Last Chance List - only two more days to bag a bargain!

There are only two more days until the brand new Stampin' Up catalogue goes live! Are you ready? I have catalogues ready to post so, if you'd like to have a browse, just click the paypal button on my sidebar and I'll get one sent to you first class. There'll also be a link in my sidebar on the 1st October so that you can view it online. If you're planning on making an order with me, you could be lucky enough to win a prize - there'll be something different every day next week!

Don't forget in all the excitement that there are only two days to order from the Last Chance List - and also from the mini catalogue. Baby Blossoms, Plane and Simple, Strength and Hope... these are just some of my favourites that won't be available after Friday. I'd hate for you to miss out.

Thank you so much for visiting me today. I'll be back tomorrow with a sneak peek and - with any luck -an announcement! Do come and join me!



  1. Your card is so effective, Vicky. You've made the scene look wonderfully realistic. I love how you swiped the Whisper White to make the snow, and the snow speckles look amazing. A really gorgeous Christmas card!:)

    Don't think I've forgotten you over the next couple of weeks. I won't be blogging as we will be on holiday x

  2. Awwwwwwww, this is so cool! Except for the gel pen, which I cannot ever get to keep working for me (after buying the 4th one, I gave up) I could totally make this too! I actually thought you might have brayered glossy card stock...I can't believe it's just Not Quite Navy!!!

  3. Oh, I love this! I will tuck this idea away because I am no where near starting Christmas cards yet. Alas

  4. Wow! I LOVE this Vicky. This welcome christmas set is my new favourite for this year's cards. The craft ink looks fab on the not quite navy base and the snow flurries with your uniball looks amazing. Hope you won't mind if I 'Case' this one!!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  5. Hello Vicky

    Your card is amazing and gorgeous. I love the use of white and the stamped image is just perfect.


  6. Wow! Spectacular! I thought you'd brayered it, but this is much quicker and really effective.

  7. This cards looks like it took a lot longer than 3 minutes. A fabulous scene which does go Brrrrrr! x

  8. Love this classic scene Vicky, it really makes think of wintery days. Love the snowy blizzard effect too :)
    Jenny x

  9. I LOVE IT! As always Vicky, you have done it again.... I hope you don't mind, but I will be CASeing this one!
    Enjoy the sunshine.
    Luv Lynney

  10. Oh Vicky this is just gorgeous! Love the snowy scene you've created, it's perfect :o) Lisa x

  11. SUPERB Christmas card . . . and brilliant that it's a quickie!

    Hugs, Sandra

  12. Oh who's a clever girl then? That white craft ink certainly has a lot of uses. The card is lovely.

  13. Another great card Vicky - love the snowy effect you have made with the craft white ink pad.
    I have got my new catalogue - can't wait to start ordering all the great stuff in there! - Jacqueline xx

  14. What a wonderful wintry scene. Brrr. Looks cold. But fabulous!

  15. This is wonderful. I have had a similar image for years and never EVER thought to use it like this on it's own. I only thought to use it as part of a whole scene. This is brilliant! Love how you used the white ink pad too. Thanks for sharing!!
    Cheers, Karen

  16. love this cards SO much, Vicky. Pure art! Hugs Janna

  17. I love this it reminds me of being a kid at Christmas such beautiful stamping and colouring once again.


  18. Wow, I actually have this stamp set but have never produced anything as lovely as this and don't suppose I ever will but I am going to give it a try. i expect it will look as if I dropped the ink pad by mistake despite you making it sound easy!
    Linda x

  19. Vicky this is Fab. The snow with the ink pad is really effective and sets your stamp off a treat!
    The new catalogue is awesome and I want most of it already, so you may be busy!!


  20. Love this Vicky - I was going to say exactly the same as Linda (sure mine will look like I've dropped the ink pad!!) but she beat me to it
    M x

  21. A fabulous card, Vicky! I LOVE it! It might be simple, but so effective

  22. This is just an awesome card. Simple and lovely!

  23. What a great Christmas card! I love the snow storm.

  24. I'm so glad I came across your blog. I love this card. I am going to give it a try. Thanks for inspiring me!

  25. This is a super Christmas card - love the bold blue card base and the silhouette image is gorgeous! Fab!


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