Hello friends!

I hope you are all feeling festive as we hurtle towards the big day.  Isn’t it funny how everything speeds up the closer we get to Christmas?  What happened to November?  I just have a few little things still to do and some presents to wrap but everything else is done, so it should be a stress-free break with plenty of time for relaxing and hopefully arting!  I am Guest Designing over on the Funkie Junkie Boutique blog today after winning the Tag It challenge last month and so my project today is a set of last minute Christmas cards made for that GD post which you can see here.  I hope you like them and if you need some last minute cards, maybe they’ll give you some ideas!

today’s art . . .

Today’s offering are these sparkly dark winter’s night cards using black card, Distress Oxides, white paint and gold embossing powder.  I thought I would use a dark background for these cards as my winning ATC’s also had a black background.

I used two Kay Carley stamp sets from Paperartsy – EKC52 for the trees and the sentiment, and EKC22 for the stars – so if you have these or similar stamps it would be easy to make a similar scene.

Here’s a closer look at those Oxides and the snowy background.  I don’t have any step-by-step photos for you today as the light is very poor at the moment and I wanted to finish before it got too dark to take photos of the finished cards, but I managed to take one of the backgrounds after adding the Oxides.

I painted the background with white acrylic and used the leftover paint to make some snow-like splatters.  After that was dry, I added the Oxides – Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough – on top of the white acrylic.  I changed my mind in the middle of making these cards as the intention was to use them in portrait format as you see above and use some ribbon I bought but then the ribbon arrived and I didn’t like it LOL so change of plan!
I used the sentiment and the tiny trees from the new Kay Carley Christmas set EKC52 and the snowflakes from an older Christmas set EKC22, and stamped them onto the background using Versamark and my stamp platform.  I sprinkled them with Wow’s Gold Rush embossing powder and heat embossed them.

I grounded the little trees with some gold paint under them, and then I finished off the edges of the card with some Paperartsy Fresco Gold paint.

I used A4 card which is similar in size to US Letter but not the same size.  So that the cards could be made easily wherever you are, I cut them to 5 x 7 inches so you can get two card fronts from one sheet of card, and the card base can be cut from another sheet of same sized card whether it is A4 or Letter sized.  I mounted mine onto Gina K Tranquil Teal card stock which matches the colours of the Oxides on the front, quite well.  Hopefully I have enough cards now, I need to get these in the post before I remember any others I’ve forgotten!  Please don’t forget to visit today’s post on the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and left a comment!

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
black card, acrylic paint, distress oxides, wow embossing powder, versamark embossing ink, Paperartsy stamps (EKC52, EKC22) teal card for base, blackliner pen, glue,


Creative ArtisteChallenge #78  – December Challenge – acrylic paint, wow embossing powder, distress oxides,
Country View Challenges– Christmas Anything Goes December Challenge

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Jo - Let's Art Journal
December 31, 2021 6:05 pm

Such beautiful cards! The night sky with all the gold stars looks amazing – love it ?. Thanks so much for joining us at Creative Artiste! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and wishing you all the best for 2022! Hugs Jo x

Monika Gulyas
December 30, 2021 11:23 am

Your winter night cards are magical!!! Thank you for joining the December challenge of the Country View Challenges!

December 29, 2021 5:02 pm

These are fabulous, Elle! Glad you shared them at Creative Artiste!!

December 27, 2021 9:57 pm

I should have added:
Thank you for joining in with our December challenge “Anything Mixed Media Goes” at <a href=”http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.co.uk/“>Creative Artiste Mixed Media. </a> Good luck x

December 27, 2021 9:57 pm

Beautiful cards! The snow colours look amazing against the fabulous black starry sky.

December 24, 2021 1:33 pm

Elle, your cards turned out so gorgeous! I just love the beautiful wintery night you created. It’s always a fun adventure when the art insists on a different direction from original intentions. These cards are a grand success.

December 23, 2021 7:07 pm

Simple inking, simple stamping and striking colours! Gorgeous design, thanks for sharing with us at Country View Challenges and Happy Christmas!

Sara Emily Barker
December 23, 2021 1:51 pm

Just beautiful, Elle! I can almost feel the lightly falling flakes and hear the hush of a dark winter’s night. Wonderful to see you as Guest Designer at TFJBB, and I just know we will be seeing more of you there! Merry Christmas!

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