falling snow

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A star led the way

Happy New Year to one and all! I hope this year brings much happiness, creativity, and blessings to you and yours.

The Christmas season was quite busy here with many unanticipated activities. I now find myself wishing to hold onto the season for as long as possible. There is still a bit of snow on the ground here in Missouri, and it is good to be at home for lengthy stretches of time now that the busyness has settled.

Materials: Stamps: Hero Arts - S4878 Old Letter Writing,CG222 Music Background; Penny Black 4272K A Splash of Winter
Inks: Memento - Summer Sky, Danube Blue, Elderberry/ Dies: Memory Box - Deer Trio, Star of Wonder; PTI - In The Meadow

Since my blog is just now emerging, I'd like to share the Christmas card I made for my husband this year. The month of December found me entranced by Heather Telford's blog and the beautiful snow scenes she created by layering inks and stamps and the use of masking fluid for snow. After studying the tutorials and video she provided, I couldn't wait to try her technique. The best way for me to learn something new is to try to recreate a design - I followed the tutorial and used the same or similar materials. I used Penny Black's tree image, "A Splash of Winter" and the same colors as Heather except for the substitution of Memento Danube Blue for the Paris Dusk. I also used Hero Arts Music background and Old Letter Writing stamps instead of the ones by Penny Black. I didn't have any masking fluid for falling snow, so I splattered paint with a toothbrush and Pearl Acrylic Paint Dabber. Certainly not the same effect as Heather obtained, but at least I had a light snowfall! I noticed an updated post from Heather that Masking Fluid can be found at Hobby Lobby or Michael's - I'm feeling a visit to the local craft store in my very near future!

This was a fun technique, very calming as I blended the colors and saw the multiple layers develop. I am looking forward to more creative sessions and snowy scenes as I settle in for quiet, contemplative, and restful times during our Winter that has been slow to arrive this year. I welcome the respite, a time to reflect and renew for the New Year waiting to be born in us all.

Wishing you times of reflection and renewal,


  1. Sally, I love this card you made for your dh! And I look forward to learning so much from you. I am so happy you have opened the door to your attic and let visitors in!!


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