Friday, 26 November 2021

Rudolph Days Challenge - November 2021

Maureen's husband Al is thankfully making good progress after heart surgery and the November Rudolph Days Challenge is now up and running HERE. The best news of course is that Al is so much improved.

I made my card for the challenge about a week ago - it's a slimline one (DL size) using more from the Whimsy scenic paper pack:

I used:

- UK size white DL card stock - 8.25" x 4" - tent style

- a sheet of paper from the Whimsy Stamps Slimline 'Frozen' scenic  designer paper pack. It's just a snowy slope with sky and mountains in the background - but a perfect foil for what I did next (IMHO)

- cut a piece of silver pearlescent card to 8" x 3.75" and then cut the background Whimsy paper to 7.75" wide and left the height at 3.5" so that it was even all round

- had already chosen the stamps to use and they're from the MFT 'Ready, set, snow' set of stamps - love this set!

- stamped the three really cute snow boarding 'critters' plus a couple of trees onto white card using a Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad

- coloured them all using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils

- then die cut them, using the co-ordinating set of MFT dies

- at that point I knew how the scene would fit together, and also that it was safe to stamp directly onto the background (from making a couple of cards using the same scenic background pad back in May) so I added the sentiment directly onto the background, using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink

- then positioned the 'still not stuck down' snowboarding trio plus two trees and worked out where some ''flipped back snow swirls' would go - using the Misti of course

- stamped the snow swirls, using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' again

- then glued the pearlescent silver panel on to the card blank

- followed that with the Whimsy back ground panel

- added the trees using a glue pen and the snowboarding critters using thin sticky pads

The colours are actually brighter, but still quite pastel, the best I could get as it was so dull here this afternoon when I took the photo. And the little shadows you can see around the images and their snowboards were just picked up by the camera due to the light (I'm not clever enough to have added them deliberately), yet as they're slightly raised, you do get that effect when you look at the cards in real life. 

I'm a big fan of 'Ultratape' sticky pads and have used them for many years. They come in a sheet of 40 pads at approx. half an inch by one inch each in size. As they're lovely and thin, no worries about going into 'Large letter' postal rates - they're quick and easy to use, not messy and also snip into the tiniest pieces.  

It made sense to make two cards exactly the same whilst everything was on my desk, particularly as the background papers come in twos. I totally love the Whimsy 'Frozen' scenic background papers - and already have plans for more pairs of cards. 

As the set of stamps and dies is having its first outing, I'm linking this into Darnell's NBUS Challenge #32 HERE.



24 comments:

Jenny L said...

Hi Di,
Happy Rudolf Days.
Oh I love the scene on this wonderful card they look like they are having so much fun.
Beautifully coloured also and wonderfully created as always.
Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

Viv said...

Fab card Di. x

paperpapier said...

Such beautiful winter scene card!

Sarn said...

What a fantastic snowy scenic Christmas card. Those characters are cute! Happy belated Rudolph Day!

Good to hear Al is making a good recovery.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Liz said...

Great Christmas card Di, you've created an adorable little scene. I've never heard of 'Ultratape' sticky pads, but I think it may be something I 'need'. lol!

Carol S. said...

The little critters are adorable Di. Have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Carol S.xxx

Pat said...

I love your cute snowboarding critters Di, and the die cut trees and scenic dp work brilliantly and finished with a nice sized sentiment. x

LesleyG said...

Fabulous fun card Di, cute characters and what a great background paper! Xxx

Sue - said...

Love it Di! Not heard of those sticky pads before so off to search Mr Google, as I hate all the tiny squares of white paper that find their way all round the house!

Jackie T said...

Hi Di this is a fantastic card. It is just so cute. I love it. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Such a wonderful card Di, I love the scene that you've created.

Sue xx

TK said...

Adorable scene, and your coloring is wonderful! I enjoy the snow A LOT, so this looks like terrific fun to me

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

OH! This si fabulous Di, beautifully put together.
Faith x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Super cute snowy scene, love those critters!
Hugs

Dotty Jo said...

Nearly bought this set a couple of days ago. I'm having a little retrospective buy of Birdie Brown images. Your card is adorable and makes me think I need to go shopping again! Hugs, Jo x

Donna said...

Beautiful and fun card!

Sandra H said...

Gorgeous card Di super cute images too x

Megan J said...

Hi Miss Di, we heard this morning the UK has had some significant rainfall courtesy of Arwen, we have not seen the sun for over a week and we have spent much of the last week in the clouds, well okay it is fog and mist. Love your snow scene. Have a wonderful weekend.. Megan

Aquarius said...

Missed this one on Friday - Blogger doesn't always move the latest posts to the top of my sidebar list!! Fabulous scene - they are having fun 😀

Linby said...

Love it - I wondered how you did the amazing background!

SHartl said...

Oh my goodness, this is just adorable!! Back years ago (not that many years, but it just seems like ages) I used to love snowboarding, so this really brings back memories. That MFT stamp set looks like something I'll have to check out because it's so cute.

Em Louise Fairley said...

So cute! xoxo

linda said...

haha! such a fun card featuring some adorable skiers that look like they're going to fly off the card! thank you so much for playing along with the Rudolph Days Challenge and for the kind words about my DT cards.
Linda, DT

Greta said...

Oh my goodness--one of the cutest cards ever, Di! That paper makes the perfect background for the sweet snowboarding critters which you colored perfectly!