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2/20/2016

Christmas Card Club - Icicles

Hello again, and time for the group of ladies calling ourselves The Christmas Card Club. We are a group of cardmakers, who choose to make Christmas cards all year long, in order to have a little stash on hand, come December. We submit a card every 2 weeks, based on a theme that one member has selected for that date. If you'd like to join in the fun, do leave us a message, so that we can get you the info as to how to join us. (very easy to do!). All the members are listed on my right sidebar, so you can check out their styles.


This week the choice was Icicles, picked by Sweet Kate (known to us as Culliesocks). So here's my take on Icicles, and I hope Kate will approve of my design.


- PSX image, colored with copics, WoS and such fun. It looks intimidating, with all the intricate details, but actually was quite fun to color. First airbrushed the background, after using a masking product called Molotow Masking Pen. I didn't want to have to cut a paper mask for all the elements, so just got the pen flowing (it took a bit to get the fluid down to the nib). Colored very quickly those things I didn't want the copic blues to get on; airbrushed various blues & blue violet copics to look like a stormy snowy sky. Once the airbrush no longer felt 'sticky'  as it can with layers of ink -  just used my fingers to 'rub up' the blue mask and it came _right off_ . No lifting of a finicky paper mask in areas where I didn't want extraneous ink either.

- for the icicles, I used a Sparkle n Sprinkle Brushable glue on the roof, the snow covered ground, just any place I thought needed snow & ice. Then generously sprinkled on some SnS Sparkling Snow Semi-Transparent glitter.  This stuff really sparkles just as ice really does. Also added in some Ranger Star Dust Stickles in a few places as well.

- using 2 sizes of stitched squares, created a frame from silver glitter paper.

- Royal Blue Mirror paper was embossed with a 6x6 Crafters Companion snowflake EF.

- HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments inked with Delicata Silver, then sprinkled some Judikens Aegean Silver over the ink & heat embossed. So pretty. The strip was too white when added to the card. Removed (carefully!) and used some DI Stormy Sky over it, added some Star Dust Stickles around, and readhered it.

I hope you enjoyed the Icicles card, and please do take time to visit my team mates, (list in the sidebar) and see some fabulous interpretations on Kate's choice this time.

Coming to you from beautifully sunny & lovely South Florida with lots of Cyber Hugs.

57 comments:

Carol L said...

That mirror cardstock makes a beautiful backdrop for this pretty snowy image! I wish I lived in a little cottage like that sometimes! Your card is so pretty, and I know you're enjoying much warmer weather where you are! *wink*

Liz said...

Gorgeous card, Mary. I'm always amazed at your colouring - such a detailed image to colour. xx

Lisa said...

This is so gorgeous, Mary!! I love the beautiful scene!! It's so peaceful and Christmasy!! The blue mirror paper is fabulous!! Love it my friend!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Jean said...

Lovely card Mary, such a pretty scene and some beautiful icy sparkle.
Jean x

Shona Erlenborn said...

Wow - that's a lot of sparkle! Beautifully colored, and bedecked in glitter! Love it! Have fun in sunny Florida!

Birgit said...

This is really pretty and so Christmas looking. Love the way you coloured the scene and love the background paper and the mist of the sky

Maxine D said...

What a wonderful card Mary - it sure looks cold!! and gloriously sparkly.
Blessings
Maxine

LesleyG said...

What a wonderful snowy scene, wish the sparkle showed better on photos, I suspect it positively glistens xxx

Petra Swart said...

Love your beautiful winter scene, Mary!!! Great colouring and love the mirror paper!! So beautiful!!!
Have a great day!!!
Hugz

brenda said...

Warm and sunny Florida gives me lots of happy memories Mary, it's been far too long since I was there.

And in contract to the warmth you produce a super traditional feeling Christmas scene with the pretty holly wreaths on the door and gate, it's a beautiful card.

B x

Christine Harrop said...

Wow this is gorgeous Mary! This was the very first stamp I ever bought back in the late 1990's and I have never coloured it in totally. Until now I have always stamped and embossed in silver and just coloured highlights and added masses of glitter. I will now be having a go at this. It looks almost like a different stamp. I had to get my stamp out and check because I didn't recognise the large tree at either side because mine are usually heavily encrusted with diamond dust. Now the stamp is out I will be playing with it. Hugs to you. Christine xx

Patricia said...

Brilliant card, love the wonderful colouring.
Patricia x

Rita said...

Wonderful icy card Mary. You do have some great ideas and this is perfect for Kate's challenge. Hope you are both well my friend. Hugs Rita xxxx

Pippa said...

A very icy card Mary. Love the image you have used.

Sue said...

Hi Mary, Another lovely Christmas card.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

dutchess said...

fabulous Mary all that intricate detail and your colouring really makes the image pop.....a really cold snowy card with all that sparkly snow and icicles....wonderful card xxxx

Granmargaret said...

Lovely card.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Brrrrr! I can feel the cold from here Mary! What a beautiful picture that is coloured to perfection! That foil background, with the glitter border all adds to the overall snowy feel . . . fabulous! Have a lovely Sunday my friend! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Barb said...

Hi Mary, I think you've done a great job with your icicles card. I was interested to hear about your airbrushing. I'll take your word for it that the image was fun to colour. It certainly does look a tricky one but you've done a super job. It's a lovely card. Barbxx

Pat said...

A very pretty winter scene Mary and beautifully coloured and wonderfully shown off by that blue mirror paper in the background. Glad you are enjoying your time in sunny Florida. x

scrAPpamondo said...

Ooohhh, Mary!! The ice and the snow seem true! Wow!! Great work on colouring and adding texture!! You have been very careful and accurate!
Love this scene, so paceful and happy. The two sparkling silver frames and the blue mirror back match very well with the image and I think all the details are just perfect for the theme!

Brenda said...

Wow, this is a gorgeous Christmas card Momma Mary! I love the beautiful sky. I've seen that masking fluid in action and it looks so neat. Your house is colored up so pretty, like in real life. I bet it sparkles really pretty too. I love seeing the snow and ice sparkle in real life, then I'm ready for it to melt. LOL Yes your card is just beautiful!! Hugs, Brenda

Stampsnob. said...

Lovely job on the chill factor the icicles are perfect Would that I had time to join you in this group just an't take on anything more Know my limit Lis

Rita said...

I posted a comment early this morning, but obviously it has gone missing. Loving your card anyway. Hope your both well. Your friend in Scotland. Hugs Rita xxx

Sandy said...

I think that is the first thought that comes to mind when thinking of icicles. A country home or Victorian with icicles hanging from the roof. Gorgeous Christmas card. Wow!
sandy xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A beautiful, icy scene you have created here in this image Mary. Love the snowflake back ground too.
Lorraine

Donna said...

snowy scene but so glad that's not what our landscape looks like right now. Although it did look like it last week at this time. Beautifully colored! Love the glittery frame. Hope you have a wonderful week!

Gerrina said...

Love the card, but looking so much forward to warm and sunny days...:) Enjoy your sunday!

Joi at RR said...

You know it's funny how much more I am enjoying seeing these Christmas cards at this time of year!!! No worries, no stress, no pressure of all the holiday prep etc... just enjoy the lovely cards!!! This one is really lovely Mary. Your house is soooo gorgeous as is the entire scene. Just such a BEAUTIFUL card. j.

Olga Fink said...

Oh wow! This is a great card! I love everything about it!
Xoxo Olga

Sarah said...

Such a beautiful icy scene Mary, rather like here in the Uk at the mo. Can't wait for warmth to hit us!! Although I would like to see a bit of snow before winter leaves us!! xx

Gail said...

This is a beautiful scene! Glad it's sunny in Florida! It's unseasonably warm here!

Donna Ellis said...

Beautiful card, Mary! Such lovely coloring (and very nice pale blue sky to contrast with the pretty Christmasy colors in the card!) the Mirror CS really stands out - so pretty! hugs, de

Daffodil Cards said...

Mary this is stunning and I'm sure it sparkles everywhere. Love the blue frame and the lovely image.

Anita in France said...

What a fabulous wintery scene, Mary ... I can just imagine being inside that cute home, sunggled up by the fire, drinking hot chocolate ... yum! Hugs, Anita :)

cuilliesocks said...

Oh Mary, what fabulous, just love your creation, it's a gorgeous image and so beautifully coloured, wonderful icicles and frostiness, perfect for the challenge, Kate x

Darnell J Knauss said...

It's hard to imagine a beautiful and sparkly winter scene like this when we are having an early spring with temps in the 70s, but you have succeeded in making me feel the chill from your icy wonderland, Mary! Well done!! Enjoy your day!! Hugs, Darnell

Redanne said...

I would love to live in that beautiful home, it looks so welcoming and warm and cosy! A truly beautiful card Mary! Hugs, Anne xx

Bonnie said...

Love, love, love this snowy house, Mary! I'm glad to know that masking pen works well. I've hesitated to buy it but now I think it will go on my list.
Hope you are enjoying some sunshine.

pam said...

Beautiful card Mary, love your colouring on this gorgeous scene stamp..
Pam x

Gibmiss said...

Hi Mary
Fabulous card... Love the beautiful scene...
Hugs Sylvie xx

rachel said...

a really beautiful card Mary - just gorgeous - super scene - really festive! Hugs rachel x

Team Clark said...

What a lovely wintry scene, Mary! Gorgeous card!

Mrs A. said...

A beautiful icy wonderland. Love your blue background. I read everything you put on how you make your cards. Lots of detailing going on here. just spotted the snowflakes on your blog banner too.
A lovely cool card. Kate's choice really had me outside of my comfort zone which is not a bad thing. Hugs Mrs A.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

So much lovely sparkle to your card. What a fab winter scene.

alexandra s.m. said...

What a beautiful Christmas scene Mary!
Love your card!!

jimlynn said...

SOOOO BEAUTIFUL! I love that blue mirror paper you used too. I'm not ready for Christmas but love your card Mary.
Lynn

Charlene said...

Mary this card turned out so beautifully!!!!

Zoe Tant said...

Fab card Mary. I love all the sparkle and shimmer and the house is definitely showing off it's icicles. Zx

Pia S said...

A beautiful detailed Image and winter scene, with lots of sparkle and glitter that enhance the feeling of cold. I haven't made more than a few Christmas cards so far this year, unusual for me, better get going soon...

Diane said...

Greetings Mary, wow what a stunning colored image, stitched framing and card design.

Hugs diane

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful Christmas card love the image and sparkle -sorry been absent for a while but had the flu and doing just as much as I needed lol
Carol x

Shelly Schmidt said...

A beautiful winter scene- love the snowy glitter you added. The blue shiny paper really adds dimension. Love the idea of making Christmas cards all year long too- you are very wise : ) We are trying to get home today from Texas, and the snow in Chicago is slowing us down...... but, despite its turmoil, I still love the look of snow : )

Donna said...

Stunning card Mary, especially when you enlarge it and look at all the beautiful details!

Carol said...

What a gorgeous wintery card Mary, love the image. Carol x

Brenda in IN said...

What a beautiful winter scene. Your coloring and shading is so pretty. I'm so glad you made it to Florida and are enjoying the warmer weather. We had snow yesterday, just a little bit but it's still winter here so your scene fits right in. Hope your car was repaired with little trouble. It is always such an inconvenience to have to deal with it. Have a safe trip home. Today I am on break from working in this house and it feels good to visit.

aussie aNNie said...

Brilliantly designed creation and love the awesome colours used.
Sorry have been missing but we had a bit of time out for a few days away....takes a while to catch up on over 200 notifications...xx
 {aNNie}