Thursday, August 16, 2018

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Last month I had a win over at the Little Miss Muffet Challenge Blog and the delightful Kathie asked if I would like to be part of their "Customer Appreciation Day" today... of course I said "Yes please!"

I got to use an image that is brand spanking new, and even though it's called Spooky Park Scene" I thought I could use it for an (always-needed) Christmas card; I just knew it would be perfect for a moonlit scene to go with a line from the Christmas poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas", I decided to make a pull-tab card so the "Miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer" would magically "appear"
I extended the lines of the snowy hills a little and added one to the front.  
I used one of the uber-talented Jennifer McGuire tutorials to learn how to make a Hidden Slider card (here's a link, the card structure starts at about the 4-minute mark - I just used a ruler and scalpel as I don't have the slot dies) and cut hidden bits and the "covering" snow hill out of scraps by hand to make sure it was big enough to conceal the sleigh and reindeer until you pull the tab.
Getting an image with a sleigh and 8 reindeer was, well impossible! I ended up grabbing a free coloured image from the web that had three reindeer and by copying and pasting added the extra reindeer using Photoshop.  Here they are peeking from behind their hill :-)
I used different inks, pigment, dye and alcohol to colour the night sky then flicked watery white acrylic paint on for snow. I coloured the moon with Copics then put a coat of Viva Pearl (Creme) on it and a thin coat of Viva Pearl Ice White.  The stars are Swarovski crystals.  I coloured the rest of the image with Copics, added Jo Sonja Texture Paste to the snow and then heat embossed it with white glitter EP (homemade using Clear EP and fine white glitter)  Of course it ALL looks so much more glittery in real life!
I cut the little Christmas trees from a border die that I've had for SO long, and that I can't remember (and didn't write on the storage box for) the name of... any ideas please let me know :-) that got the coloured with Copic, texture paste snow and glitter treatment.
The snowflake (I don't have the maker of that noted either, sorry) and the holly (Cottage Cutz Winterland Holly) were embossed the glitter and the red Candi centre is from my stash
I stamped the sentiment (from Kaisercraft) on the pull out tab using my fabulous fool-proof Press to Impress stamping platform... and STILL managed to get it crooked!! (I DID stamp it after the card was assembled, so not the platform's fault, lol)
That's about it for my pull-tab card.  This wasn't the first one I've done, but the first one I've blogged... the other will make an appearance from my Drafts Folder one day :-)  In the meantime I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges;

Do pop over to the Little Miss Muffet Challenge Blog and check out the new images on show in their Customer Appreciation Day, I enjoyed being part of it, I'm sure you will too.  Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna


Jane Savage said...

Ha love the 'surprise' element on this fabulous atmospheric card! What a gorgeous Christmas scene!
Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday! Jane S (DT) xxx

An Occasional Genius said...

Wow, that's fantastic! I love that sliding sleigh piece & gorgeous night sky.. So pleased you've played along & shared with us at Sweet Stampin' & Christmas at Sweet Stampin' too xx

Carole said...

This is truly wonderful and worth all the detail and hard work that you put in to it!

Lorraine said...

A gorgeous scenic card Donna, love the design
Lorraine x

Chris said...

Oh my goodness, what a fabulous card! Love the design and the way that the sleigh appears...magical! Thank you for entering our challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week.

Chris said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful card at CaSS too!

Judy V said...

Fabulous card! Thanks for joining us for Week 32 at Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge!

Sammy said...

Absolutely lovely! Very well designed. Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Sammy-x

Kathy Curry said...

Donna, like I said in the email, this is just too cool. Amazing way you've used the scene, and the pull out element is so awesome. Really in awe of this stunning card! Thank you so much for joining Customer Appreciation Day at Little Miss Muffet Stamps!

Claudia Rogier said...

Awesome card. I love it. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge

DT Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge

D.L. Walls said...

Wonderful card Donna! Even though it's a Spooky scene, you made it a nice wintery scene. Goes to show what one can do with a good imagination! Thanks for sharing and joining the fun this month at Crafty Creations Challenges and best of luck to you in the draw. Donna - DT Member

Kathy Barnett said...

Thanks for joining us at the Crafty Creations Challenges for our latest challenge. Good luck and join us again soon. Hugs, Kathy {Crafty Creations Challenges}

CraftyNatalie said...

Such a fun, interactive card. Love it. Thanks for joining us at Christmas with the cuties this month.

Larelyn said...

Your scene is fabulous! Thanks for sharing on The Merry Christmas Challenge.

Michelle B. said...

So much going on and you pulled it all together, wow! Such creativity! Thank you for playing with us at Creatalicious Challenges!

Keen Crafter's Hand Made Goodies said...

Love this lo0ve the textures Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

Michelle DT for

CraftyNatalie said...

Thanks also for joining us at The Paper Shelter too.

Patty Sue 2 said...

I am so sorry this comment is so late. I have been having computer issues and have not had access to the internet. Anyway, I wanted to you to know how darling your card is. You created the perfect setting I hope you will join us again with the spooky die cut and I love the way Santa and his sleigh appear! Thank you for joining the fun at THE PAPER SHELTER! I hope you will join us again! I look forward to seeing more of your lovely work!

Dotstolines said...

Great winter scene! Thanks for playing with us at The Craftroom Door ATG Challenge! Looking forward to seeing you next time and good luck!
Sunila & Aditi- DT
Dots to Lines

debby4000 said...

Oh what an amazing winter scene card, love it.

Inkypinkydelights said...

Lovely! Very many thanks for sharing at Christmas at Sweet Stampin and good luck with the challenge. Judy x DT

Julie said...

Oh my you created a gorgeous winter scene
Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments
Julie T

Melanie said...

A lovely Christmas card!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional no square or rectangle card” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

(DT Crafty Friends)

(DT The Sketchy Challenges)

PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…