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!”
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.
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.
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.