Monday 26 October 2020

Dashing through the snow

Hello, crafting friends!

Having seen deer leaping about in the countryside around here, it's easy to see how the idea of a sleigh drawn by flying deer came into being! Today's card was made with a stencil from Funky Fossil called Leaping Stags. It comes with a mask of the stag too which enabled me to create this scene quite easily.

I started with a card panel, positioning the stag stencil off the edge and sponging Crumb Cake ink into it. The stencil was removed, the mask placed over the stag and I added a torn piece of paper over the bottom of the panel which was to be snow. Then I was able to sponge blue inks above it to create my sky.

To finish, I added detail to the stag with markers, added a sentiment from a retired Uniko set, and dotted snow in the sky with my oh-so-useful Uni Posca white paint pen.

I made this card using the beautiful colour palette at CAS Colours and Sketches challenge. They have a DT call there and I'm going to put myself forward for it! I'm also joining in with Rudolph Day where every month on the 25th, we all make Christmas cards. I shall also link up with NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) as this is the first time I've used the Schtag Schtencil - I think I'm on safer ground with this Darnell, lol!

While walking in the countryside the other day with Eva and her chum Otis, a black lab, the pups were excited to see a pheasant fly out of the hedge. They darted after it like hunters and I got the impression they were doing that thing that small children do when they pretend they are a princess or a pirate and really get into character. When the footpath led us through a gap in the hedge, we startled a group of deer who immediately took off across the field. The dogs looked at each other and half heartedly wandered after them but you could tell their hearts weren't in it at all - they had been playing Bird Dogs and deer weren't part of the script!

Sending hugs,


  1. I love the reindeer Vicky, a beautiful image shown off with your beautiful background, it looks like one of the Santa's reindeers has decided to have a practice run :).
    Love it.
    Faith x

  2. Your blended sky is fabulous!!! Wonderful use of the colors. Love your card. Thanks so much for playing along with us at the CC&S challenge and best of luck to you!!!

  3. I love the sweet eye, nose and white spots you added for details. I thought this was a die at first, but a stencil with a mask is quite clever. Your getting a great start on your Christmas cards!

  4. He's a stunning beast Vicky,your background colours are so beautiful but he takes centre stage,love your card

  5. What a fantastic (nay AWESOME) Rudolph Day card. Really effective masking and inking. Good luck with becoming a DT member.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  6. Beautiful image and a super background.

    Kath x

  7. What a wonderful deer, Vicky! And the sky is fantastic! Wouldn't it be something to see flying reindeer!

  8. I find it hard to believe you used a stencil for your beautifully detailed buck, Vicky. Using your markers and Posca white pen added lovely depth and detail to your high jumping deer. Beautiful sky too. TFS Hugs..Nancy

    TFS your dog story too:-)

  9. wow incredible, I thought it was a stamp with all the detail :)

  10. This is looking fabulous! Love the inky background and the deer looks so well shaded and lifelike.
    Thanks for taking part in the October Rudolph Days Challenge.

  11. What a beautiful holiday card! Love it and thanks so much for joining us at CC&S!

  12. Love the deer it looks fabulous on the night background

  13. Oooo what a simply gorgeous CAS card and thanks for joining us at Octobers Rudolph Days Challenge, Luv Sam x

  14. This could be called Dashing Through the Hedge, Vicky! Eva and Otis are such blessed doggies to have your countryside byways and waterways and hedgeways for playing and chasing all matter of wildlife! The schtag (haha) on your card is certainly a handsome dude! Your coloring of him and the snowy sky is fantastic! Thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Keep well! Hugs, Darnell

  15. A beautiful card. Thank you for joining the Rudolph Days Challenge this month.

    Sue xx

  16. So good to see my girls! I'm glad Eva had a great outing the other day which led to your inspirations! This is a beautiful card and love how the colors worked with your inspiration! I am so excited to see you accepting the Design Team Member challenge, wishing you the best of luck. Thanks so much for joining us at CC&S

  17. Just one beautiful card! Congratulations on being chosen a Weekly Winner.


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