Thursday 12 October 2023

Moonlit Stag

Hi everyone, today I’d like to share a make which I hope is the start of a big push on Christmas cards - extremely necessary given that before today I had made a grand total of … 4! ☺️

I have recently taken delivery of a li’l order from Lavinia, which included the lovely stag that I’m hoping to use on a few Christmas cards this year, plus the large fir tree that I had been wanting to complement my other Lavinia firs.

I cut a square of white stamping card, and used a large circle mask and torn paper to create a moon and hills with blended Distress Oxide inks. I stamped the stag in black standing on top of the hill, then stamped the fairy fir on the right followed by some red pines using 1st and 2nd generation stamping, all in blue. On the left I stamped a series of fir branches using Versamark, and heat embossed alternately using blue and snowflake embossing glitter. I highlighted the scene with a clear Sakura Stardust pen and also shaded the stag with white pastel pencil then used a black fineliner to add facial features. I definitely think I need more practice and/or some tuition in shading silhouette animals, but you have to start somewhere! I added some sparkle to the snowdrifts with a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen, then added snowflakes with white Posca pen and gel pen. Finally I stamped the sentiment then matted the finished panel onto dark blue and then silver mirri card and a 7” square card blank.

This is another very sparkly card, so here’s an angled picture.

Stamps: Lavinia Stag, Fairy Fir Tree, Red Pine (small), Fir Branch; Uniko Christmas Wishes (sentiment);
Media: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks (Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire); Versafine Clair (Nocturne, Medieval Blue); Versamark; Wow Embossing glitter (Midnight Dream); Heat It Up Snowflake Tinsel embossing powder; Sakura Stardust pen (clear); Spectrum Noit sparkle pen (clear); white gel pen; white Posca pen; 
Tools: Lavinia circle masks.

Challenges I would like to enter:

C.R.A.F.T. #694 - Christmas in Non-Traditional Colours - TOP 3
Creative Moments #251 - It’s Alive!
FarmQuest Country Christmas #1 - Anything Country Christmas Goes
Krafty Chicks #685 - Christmas
Merry Little Christmas #52 - Anything Christmas Goes
Peace On Earth #49 - Anything Christmas Goes - TOP 3

That’s all from me for today, but there will hopefully be more Christmas cards coming along like buses in the near future!

Take care, and thanks for visiting.


crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful card and stamped/inky scene-love the fabulous stag.
Carol x

Darlene said...

Oh Pauline, this is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Peace On Earth challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

Co-Owner … Can You Handle the Pressure, Double D, Four Seasons, Peace On Earth, Stencil Fun, Simply Clean & Simple, Two Old Bats, Triple B

Rainey's Craft Room said...

This stag is magnificent and your beautiful inky night scene complements beautifully.

coldwaters2 said...

Pauline this is absolutely beautiful what an awesome scene you have created a superb card
lorraine x

Alyson Mayo said...

This is absolutely stunning! Love the image and all the inked details - gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us at HLS Christmas :)

Vickie Y said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us at POE Christmas Challenge.

Sarn said...

WOW that’s a stunner of a card Pauline. Love the blue hues. The stag is majestic. Love everything about this card. Xxx

Sheryl said...

This is stunning!
Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge, looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Hugs Sheryl xx CRAFT DT

Fiona said...

Oh this is gorgeous and I’ve just bought that Stag stamp. We seem to be on similar lines for purchases lol!

Linby said...

This is so atmospheric with the stag the snow and those branches coming in from the side. Just beautiful.

Toni said...

This is gorgeous. The sparkle--love it so much!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

More incredible work, Love this Christmas card, with a lovely feel about it.
Faiht x

Brenda said...

Wow, this is such a beautiful design (love that stag!) Thanks so much for joining us this week at CRAFT Challenge!

Tammy said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love it!! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Craft Creations!!

Please note that to be eligible for our prizes, or to be our winner or honourable mention, you should include our challenge graphic in your blog post. I’ll check back before the challenge end date to see if you’ve updated to be eligible 🙂

Ink Outside The Box With Diane said...

Beautiful scene! Prefect big moon to highlight the majestic stag! Thanks for entering your creation with the Krafty Chicks Challenge.
Diane - DT

Pam Sparks said...

Gorgeous, stunning card! I love it!

Becca S said...

This is outstanding! The stag is so majestic and looks like he's on night watchman duty! Maybe on the lookout for his distant cousin Rudolph!!! The sparkles add the look of glistening moonlight reflecting on the snow. The layered stamping is fabulous! Thanks for linking to FarmQuest Country Christmas #1!! Your card is just what we're looking for! --Becca

EVA said...

Looks great

foleysfriend said...

What a beautiful scene you've created. The generational stamping was a clever idea to add the illusion of depth and dimension to the trees. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers ~ Christmas Challenge.

sue n.

laurie said...

Love your winter snowy scene! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Craft Creations!

Ilonka said...

Such a pretty card, thanks for sharing it with us at The Outlawz Festive Friday Challenge.
Hugs Ilonka DT

Fiona said...

Such a lovely card and great for our monochromatic theme at Christmas Craft Creations. Sadly though to be in with a chance of winning you must add our logo as requested in our rules. Hope to see you again next month and please add the logo.