H for holidays

Welcome – it’s time for a new letter over at the Alphabet Challenge! We’re up to H and Veronika has opted for ‘holidays’ as our theme. Now this can mean different things – Christmas or a vacation. I’ve tried to combine both with this stamp from Claritystamp, which made me think of skiing holidays as well as Christmas!

I started with one of my inky mop-up backgrounds (it’s been a while since I used one up). This one was the result of cleaning some of my blending brushes – I just dipped a couple of brushes in water and spread the across a piece of Clarity’s stencil card (I’d used Distess Oxides on them). I was amazed just how much ink they were still holding – I’ve got a whole pile of these now waiting to be used! I stamped one of Clarity’s linocut stamps onto the background – this one is the ‘log cabin’ from the winter linocut series.

I trimmed the card down and edged it with a black Sharpie. I decided not to use the co-ordinating stamp from the set to fill in the background, as I wanted the colours to show through. Instead, I sprinkled white ultra high WOW powder across the upper part of the image and heated it (best to do this from underneath, otherwise it will just blow away!!) I added snow to the trees, landscape & cabin with a white gel pen.

The final touch was to attach it to an A6 card blank and add an appropriate Clarity word sticker.

Do come and join us at Alphabet Challenge with your holiday themed cards – we’d love to see what you create. In the meantime, I’m off to share this with TGIF, where it’s ‘Christmas in July’, Happy Little Stampers and Merry Little Christmas (for obvious reasons!)

4 thoughts on “H for holidays

  1. I love the winter scenery you’ve created, it’s so peaceful and quiet, and the exact opposite of the current heatwave. What a brilliant idea to create backgrounds by cleaning brushes, I’d never guess. The sky looks like it’s lit up by northern lights, and the black stamp gives the impression of a silhouette. I like how you brought it to life by using white highlights.

    Hugs, Veronika

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