Friday 9 December 2011

Inky Serene Snowflakes

Yesterday I promised to show you my favourite card design so far this year and so I will! It's a snowy little number and I shall enter it into the St Lukes Charity Challenge where the theme is Let it Snow and 'anything goes as long as it's cold and frosty'! Come and have a look:

It's a one layer card that doesn't look like one layer - and I like that. It's ever so simple to make: Just stamp the snowflakes in a variety of blues, mask the inside of the card and sponge ink round the edges to form a frame. Unmask and finish with a little shading round the frame with grey watercolour pencil, some rhinestones and a sentiment. Et voila!

Here's a close up of the snowflakes - aren't they beautiful?! I love the iciness of the blues and how they're warmed slightly by the Naturals Ivory card stock.

The sentiment is one of my favourite Christmas sentiments of all time - I think it's a perfect design! I'm hoping to make a whole series of these cards in different colours - Pool Party is calling to me! - so watch this space...

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Contempo Christmas
Ink: Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler
Card stock: Naturals Ivory
Other: Basic rhinestones, stamp-a-majig, watercolour pencils
I'd be delighted to order any of these supplies for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I am committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to help and advise. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. 

Talking of iciness reminds me of the time I took the children to visit an open air skating rink in London. My youngest son was maybe four or five years old at the time and couldn't get on with skating at all. When asked if he was enjoying himself he shook his head. "I don't like it," he said. "It's too slippery!" 

The weekend is upon us again and Buckingham is to have its Christmas parade tomorrow. That same son will be taking part so I'll need to come up with a costume for him - I don't know what yet, but I think thermals will be featuring quite heavily!

Whatever you have planned for the weekend have fun and keep warm! See you soon,


  1. Brilliant card Vicky and perfect for posting!
    Val x

  2. This is really beautiful - and I like the idea of using a watercolor pencil to define the edge of the frame.

  3. WOW! Vicky, I really thought this was layered. I WILL have to try this. Beautiful card!

  4. L-O-V-E this!!! :) Masking is such a fabulous way to create more depth on a one layer card. And the blue you chose is awesome! LOVE IT! :)

  5. Beautiful card Vicky! I love this Serene Snowflake set and I have nade some lovely cards with it this year! Thanks for the inspiration.
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  6. Beautiful and serene, just how I would describe a snowflake! Gorgeous card Vicky, have a great weekend!

  7. You're right there Vicky . . . until you said about it, I didn't realise it was a one layer card! Very clever. x

  8. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous Chrissy card ...simple but stunning .....
    enjoy your weekend ......

  9. Fabulous card, and very appropriate as it's snowing again here today (Derbyshire)! The thermals are definitely on here, too!

  10. Too right it doesn't look like a one layer card!!!
    Excellent inking and shading Vicky and love the flurry of icy snowflakes:)
    I bet a nice fleecy snowman costume would keep your lad warm...a bit of padding under a white fleece blanket would do the trick :)
    Thanks for submitting this for the St Luke's Charity Card Challenge
    Jenny x

  11. Wow! Vicky this is just gorgeous - it has so much depth!! I love the snow storm here (my favourite flakes) and the red sentiment is just perfect. Thanks for playing along with St Luke;'s Charity Card Challenge!

  12. This is such a clever card. I didn't realize it was one layer until you mentioned it. That's a great technique.

  13. Fabulous as always Vicky. If you pop over to my blog you may see something you recognise!Thanks again and hope you enjoy the parade tomorrow
    M x

  14. Beautiful images and colour, have to admit I thought it was matt and layered, gorgeous card Karen x

  15. Very clever card Vicky - might have to have a go at that myself - Jacqueline xx

  16. Your card is so perfect Vicky,I'm loving the tiny gems on the oh so perfect snowflakes,soooo beautiful!Have a great weekend,Julie.x

  17. Lovely card the one layer effect
    Thank you for joining in our challenge over at St. Luke's


  18. So beautiful, Vicky! I love blue and white for the holidays but never remember to use that combo. Thanks for the inspiration! I love your new photos, too. You look beautiful! I hope your holidays are wonderful!

  19. It really does look like a multi-layer card! Fabulous!

  20. Very pretty card
    Hugs Julie P

  21. Love the snowflakes carrying onto the border and the colours do give a crisp icy feel. x

  22. Such a beautiful card Vicky :O) Viv xx

  23. So pretty! I love the depth the sponging gives. You are so right - this does NOT look like a one layer card. Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers, Karen

  24. Well you can't get much more snowy that this one! Thanks so much for playing along Vicky.
    Tara x


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