A Frosty Nights Seasons Greetings

And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling:  “How could it be so?”
“It came with out ribbons! It came without tags!”
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,”   he thought,  “doesn’t come from a store.”
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

D day 4 Seasons Greetings 31.10.2014
Where I live,  my neighbours and I are surrounded by huge pine trees.  80 feet (plus) tall.  Now I have to admit that I love them, they give my garden some wonderful cool shade in the summer months, and offer protection in the winter.  However there’s a downside to these fabulous trees – because in the autumn and winter months they shed pine needles like crazy and bury all our gardens under a deep carpet of them,  – and they also shed pine cones.

(Which my dog loves!  She sits in the garden, staring up at the trees, waiting for the pine cones to drop, …  and the minute they do, she chases round the garden to collect them and promptly brings them into the house as a present for me.).

I wanted to make Christmas cards for some of my neighbours which had some sort of personal ‘thing’ about them,  so I chose my stamps to include a pine cone  and also a silhouette of a large black cat …  as a representation of one of my cats – who all my neighbours know.

I’m owned by three felines.  One is a very old lady who’s almost 19 years old and the ‘boss’ (and how!) of the trio, and the two others are loveable rascals of two years old who love nothing better than to play Cowboys and Indians at breakneck speed through my cottage!.  One of these youngsters is a beautiful, huge,  luxurious,  black velvet coated beastie, called Alfie.  He’s way too heavy for me to pick up – but not overweight;  long, tall, sleek, powerfully built, adept at walking along the edge of a high fence with such elegance, which makes his muscles ripple like that of a panther.  However, he’s a big softy, who loves a chinny tickle, and who has the teeniest meow you’ve ever heard!

To make this card;  I began by masking off a circle on the card, which was to be the moon, and also masked off where I wanted to put in a snow drift so that it added depth to the card.  I blended three ink pad colours;  two blue Memento Archival Ink pads, and a tiny touch from a black Ranger Archival ink pad.  The photographs haven’t captured the true colours of this card.  The blues are a little darker than they show here, making the whole scene very much like the sky at midnight, on Christmas Eve.

Once the sky and snow drifts were in place I then went straight into stamping:    I Stamped the Pine trees on the snow drift, and then the crescent wreath shape, using the second generation stamping method which I’ve talked previously about in the Christmas cards which I posted about over the past few days.

B day 4 Seasons Greetings 31.10.2014

a section of the card, in close up, to show the second generation stamping method. (click on photograph and it will open up, in a much larger size, but remember to click ‘back’ on your browser window so that you come back to this post to continue reading).

I wanted to add a tiny bit of colour , so stamped some small red flowers to represent Christmas Poinsettia flowers, and stamped the pine cones in a dry brown colour.

C day 4 Seasons Greetings 31.10.2014

Next came the Seasons Greetings sentiment – which I wanted to be in gilding flakes, so I stamped the words using  Cosmic Shimmer Flake and Glitter Glue,  and then used Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes to gild the stamped words.

Following this I added some glitter to the snow drift and the wreath, using a fine nibbed glue pen and Wow glitters;  and then used a Graph It white marker pen to add snow ‘dots’ falling against the dark sky,  and also added  ‘snow’ onto some of the branches of the wreath, where snow would have settled naturally.

And that’s all there is to it! 

I had fun with this card – and I have to admit that I really love the finished article.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing a few minutes of your day with me.  I’ve loved have your company.

Have a truly fabulous, blessed,  rest of your day.

Cobs siggy sml

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17 thoughts on “A Frosty Nights Seasons Greetings

  1. OH wow, I think this one is my total favourite!!! Absolutely adore it! The sky and moon look amazing (love the slight shadows on the moon) Love the cat also, the whole composition is fantastic!!!

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    • Thank you so much, Astrid, for your beautiful words. I’m so grateful to you for leaving a comment, it means the world to me that you’ve taken the time to do this. Bless you.
      Sending love and crafty hugs ~ Cobs. x

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  2. Actually that sounds like a lot of work, but definitely worth it considering how beautiful it is. Will you do one for all your neighbors? Or do a different one for each? I am known locally for my crafting – which I haven’t been writing about lately – and your beautiful cards motivate me to think about painting up something for the holiday season.

    Another question: How many stamps do you have? I’ll bet it’s in the hundreds.

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    • Hello Whimsey, Happy Friday!
      The card, honestly truthfully, cross my heart, really wasn’t hard at all. They almost make themselves – at least, that’s how it feels. I’ve hand-made cards for all my neighbours – a selection of them, and I’ve shown a few here over the past few days. (I’ll show one or two more, but then I’ll stop so that I don’t bore everyone rigid! lol). Because I’ve used Card-io stamps, no two cards are ever the same, so although some of my neighbours might get one of these Seasons Greetings cards – if they put them next to each other they’d see that each of them is noticeably different. It’s because each of the elements which make up the whole image are totally seperate stamps, so as you stamp the images, you’re very unlikely to place the stamps in the same places – unless you’re trying to do that and then you’re going to find that stamping them all becomes a task rather than an enjoyable flight of fancy.

      How many stamps do I have?:
      I don’t have hundreds,
      as in six or seven hundred, but I do have a ‘fair amount’ of them. My favourite stamps are the Card-io ones which I’ve used for all my Christmas Cards this year. I love them not just for the way they ‘set me free’ with stamping, but also love them for how easy they are to store. I keep them all together but still in their sets, in an A4 box, which I store in one of the pigeon holes of my Ikea Expedit storage unit in my craft room. (if you’re not familiar with these units then here’s one which is exactly the same unit that I have: http://create.northridgepublishing.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/room14.jpg . . . this isn’t my craft room, it’s just a picture to show you the unit).

      Other stamps:
      I store wooden ones in the long drawers of my desk, no deeper than two deep and carefully stored so that the rubber isn’t damaged in any way.
      Unmounted Stamps:- I have two different storage systems for those: A Tiffany file system for random stamps, and some zip top A4 sized wallets for Clarity Stamps and Sheena Douglass stamps.
      I like to keep ‘ranges’ together if I can, as they work together in a lot of instances, and they also ‘behave’ in the same way when I’m stamping the images.
      Sentiment stamps are all kept together in one drawer of my desk, so that I can find the right one easily as they’re all in the same place.

      I hope that you do paint something for Christmas, and I’d love to see it if you do! (I’d also love to see some of your crafting! You’re so talented that I know whatever you’d make I’d love instantly.)

      Thank you so much for your words, and for taking the time to leave me a comment, Wimsey. I’m so grateful to you for this, as it means the world to me.
      Have a blessed rest of your day, my fabulous blogging friend. ~ Cobs. x

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      • You should make your comment a post. Perhaps you already have. I’m sure your subscribers would love a tour of your studio, and information on how you stay so organized. I’m in the basement with my stuff. I have rows of shelving (not so organized) and old garage cupboards storing my stuff. The previous owner left behind a massive table that I couldn’t get out of the basement, too heavy, so I cleaned it and painted it, covered it with a roll of floor linoleum, and the again with some thick plastic sheeting from Walmart. Works. Hope to be giving lessons in my studio/basement someday. That’s the plan. I will be posting pictures of my basement in the near future because it’s almost complete – except for lighting and covering the nasty ceiling. It’s 1780 square feet of space, and ALL MINE!!!!! ps. love your cards. Thank you for such a wonderful response. You’re the best. patsye

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        • ‘lo again, Whimsey!
          I’ll be posting something about Card-io stamps later today, so watch out for that.
          Thank you for your fabulous reply, and for the verbal tour of your craft room. I can now picture it inside my mind and ‘see’ you making your magic happen there.
          Sending oodles of love your way and crafty hugs ~ Cobs. xx

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  3. I do love this card the best out of your two winter card. Mostly because of the cat. Now that you pointed out your light stamping technique, I see it much more clearly and quickly. It is subtle, but very effective.

    So they play Cowboys and Indians? For 2 of our cats we have nicknames. Daisy’s nickname is The Wind and Frankie’s is The Bullet. They go at it seeing who is faster. You know you can’t catch the wind, but if a bullet has your name on it, you’ll get hit. So, it’s an interesting philosophical debate the two are having. It is probably as loud as the Cowboys and Indians, imagine the collision of 2 very destructive forces. Oh wait, our country’s landscape didn’t fare too well with the collision of 2 very different cultures, either. 🙂 But it’s fun to watch.

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    • I adore the nicknames you’ve given to your cats: The Wind and The Bullet! Ohhh bless their little hearts. I can see them inside my head – going through your house like madness on legs. LOL

      I loved your message LemonD. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave it for me. It means so much, and I’m so grateful. Bless you.
      Sending love, both from me to you, and from my rascals to yours! ~ Cobs and the Cowboys and Indians. (lol) x

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  4. Whimseytopia, wouldn’t you like to shrink to fairy size and fly around Cobwebs’ craft room unnoticed, admiring all her wonderful storage solutions and watching her at work? What fun that would be! Though we might end up trapped in a drawer.

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  5. What a beautiful card i will try and have a go at something similar. I really wish i could do the doodle border it looks great but im not brilliant at that unfortunately .. it really adds something to the card .. well done look fab x

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    • Hello Helen.
      Thank you so much for comment and your kind words.

      That doodle border really is incredibly simple to do and I kind of feel guilty about how easy it is, but how effective it looks.
      Give it a try on some scrap paper. Fold a piece of scrap A4 in half and do that doodle line, with a fine liner pen, all around the ‘front page’ of that folded A4 and you’ll see how easy it is. Doesn’t matter if you have wobbly hands, infact, that adds to the doodly look.

      Go on … give it a try. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is. Believe in yourself. You CAN do this.

      Thank you so much for visiting. Don’t be a stranger now! Come and visit again soon.
      Regards and … have a blessed rest of your day. ~ Cobs. x

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