Monday 23 November 2020

Leaping out of a bauble

Hello, crafting friends!

We had the most beautiful sunshine here yesterda and Eva and I made the most of it out in the countryside. When we got home, I made a quick, one layer card in the small window of light opportunity that is the British winter!

Masking, sponging, stencilling, stamping... all my favourite techniques have been used on this card! The first step was to make a mask for the small stag on Funky Fossil's Leaping Stags stencil with a sticky note. (There's one provided for the large stag but not the small one for some reason.) I stencilled the stag directly onto a thick card base and then covered it with the mask. I positioned a circle stencil over the top and a piece of torn paper over the top of that, so that I could sponge blue ink over it for the sky. I added trees from Stampin' Up's Waterfront stamp set then repositioned the torn paper and sponged more blue ink gently to create shadows on the snowy ground. 

Time to remove all the masks to reveal my stag leaping out of a winter wonderland! Then I had the idea of making the circular scene into a hanging Christmas ornament. I brought out Ornamental, another Funky Fossil stencil, and added a topper and chain to my scene with a silver marker. To finish the card I added detail, highlighting and shading with a Posca white paint marker and a fineliner pen, and stamped a Uniko sentiment in bright red ink.

I'm linking this card up with 52 {Christmas Card Throwdown, where the lovely Gill is hosting *waves hello* and the theme is Winter Wonderland; also Less is More for their One Layer Festive challenge, where it's lovely to see Chrissie returning as a guest to the challenge she founded with her friend; Last but not least, I'm linking up with Uniko's 'Tis The Season challenge with optional sparkle! There are fabulous prizes on offer so do pop across and join in!

Deer are not uncommon in the countryside here and you can even see muntjacs in the green spaces of the town in the early morning or at dusk. I wasn't prepared for the rare creatures I spotted in the trees in the park the other day though...

... the Lesser Spotted Tree Surgeon!

Sending hugs,


  1. OH! I REALLY love your card Vicky, what a wonderful design. A rare sight to see those Lesser Spotted Tree Surgeon! You are so lucky to see them and get photos too LOL.
    Keep safe
    Faith x

  2. Wow! What a lot of work for a gorgeous card. Well worth all the masking! Thanks for playing along with our One Layer Card Challenge at Less is More.


  3. You created a beautiful winter wonderland scene the deer leaping out of the trees is exquisite

  4. wow gorgeous ornament with the winter scene - So beautiful :)

  5. Oh what a fabulous design. Love the way you have combined the 2 images

  6. Love your one layer card Vicky. Funny how it’s called that, when in fact you do all those layers, but just with ink, so clever. I had some of those funny creatures in my garden yesterday! Xxx

  7. This is absolutely awesome Vicky! What an amazing use of the stag stencil and such an imaginative idea to have him leaping out of the bauble. Thanks for playing at Uniko, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

  8. A bit like old times hey Vicky!
    Your stamping is as crisp as ever... terrific design too!
    Chrissie x
    Creator/Guest Designer LIM

  9. Wow, what a beautiful design, and exquisitely executed. Absolutely stunning card. Thanks for playing along at 52CCT this week.

  10. Wow that is amazing!!! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Throwdown!

  11. Beautiful card, Vicky! My stomach is turning just seeing those tree surgeons though as I absolutely hate heights! xoxo

  12. This is awesome, Vicky! Love that leaping stag and how he's popping out of that beautiful bauble!

  13. What a gorgeous card Vicky. You are the queen of masking and layering and STILL making it a CAS card! How do you do it?

    Gosh, that's a rare siting in the trees! I hope you put a big tick in your birders book!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  14. Super masking and stencilling on your OL Christmas card.
    Tree surgeons always put my heart in my mouth when I see them, no fear! Thanks for sharing at Uniko. :0)

  15. Beautiful card Vicky- I love the pop of red for the sentiment

  16. WOW wonderful card, fantastic design.

  17. How beautiful ~ You are so good at masking and sponging and getting all those details in without making a smudge ~ Well done! those tree Doc's look too big for those branches ~ I think I would have had to look away ~ don't try this at home ~


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