Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Advent Day No. 17 and some fresh snow...

Hi there!
Thanks for stopping by.
Wednesday already ! Oh boy! Christmas Eve is looming fast here, and I haven’t written a card yet!!!
I am rubbish, I really am. 
What an ambassador for a stamp company!
But this evening I shall get my act together....

Here’s a little Christmas offering, in anticipation of this Big Freeze which is supposed to be descending on us in January. 
Hands up who believes it....

Used a Deckle-edged die, 
which is very unusual for me, 
but doesn’t it make for a good starting place!

Tore a piece of copy paper with a little recess in it -
she has a plan!

Loaded up a Clarity Stencil Brush with Denim Adirondack and brushed in a dark blue night sky. 



Used the same copy paper to bury the wheels of the Christmas car even deeper in the snow.

Isn’t this a super little stamp?
It was November’s New Design Club Stamp.
If you aren’t in the club, you may want to consider joining today. 
The subscription is reduced for the month of December.
You can back order issues, you know!



Very lightly pencil in the car tracks.
Dust the blue stencil brush over the whole picture now.



Magic ingredient: a white wax crayon.
Bring out the snow.


Use your finger to polish the wax and add more whiteness. 
 In the sky too.


Now add a little falling snow with a white fineline pen.
Sometimes I have to go over the same spot twice.



Mount on quality card.
Add a little colour to the car. I usedcolouring pencils.
Spectrum Noirs. They are waxy too.



Very easy. Quite Atmospheric. 



I hope you like it. 
The white wax crayon certainly works well!




60 comments:

  1. Love it, Barbara!!! I wish I had a fraction of your talent! It's hard to believe you've done that with one inkpad and a white crayon. Hhhmmmm....maybe I should raid the grandchildrens' colouring box....... :D Have a good day xx

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  2. So beautiful, I think this is my favourite of all time,

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  3. Love the wax crayon effect! Promised myself I'd wrap presents after dinner last night but fell asleep on the sofa instead! What a waste of an evening! Oh well, there's always this evening instead!

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  4. love that effect with the crayon. If only there easy enough time left. For the first year ever, i have had to buy Christmas cards s I haven't made enough due to working full time now. I will need to start making next years sooner!

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  5. Hello Barbara,

    The end result is fabulous. I followed the technique in my head until the introduction of the white crayon. Then I lost it. Lol. I will have to try it to see how you do it.

    Love,
    Roz.x

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  6. Hello Barb, this is absolutely amazing, what an incredible way to get such a great image. Your inspiration is just wonderful, thank you. I am also glad to see I am not the only "naughty" crafter having to buy Christmas cards, but the last 5/6 months has just been horrid with Mum in law being ill, and work being very pressurised. I am still hoping to make a couple of handmade ones. Take care all. Bx

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  7. This card is stunning love it thank you Barbara love June xxxxx

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      Love this, shades of blue, really atmospheric
      Aileen xx

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  9. Live it in blue truly a beautiful stamp was so pleased with it . I just have few cards to write the new stamps made writing cards out so much better so glad o got them no scribbled writing x

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  10. Stunning card Barbara. You are so talented
    lilian

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  11. Wow what a fab card. Thank you so much for sharing your considerable talent. Xxxxx

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  12. Hi Barbara Oh this is wonderful you really feel the car struggling up the track. I wasn't sure about the car when it came but now I've seen this I know what to do. Thank you for sharing this technique . One to play with next year. Have a great day. Love Diane xxx

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  13. Hi Barbara. Playing catch up so haven't even watched the Christmas Jumper video yet. Will do later today while writing cards! You are certainly not the only one running late : )
    Wow, todays card is a real stunner, just one stamp, an ink pad and a white crayon! You can feel the crispness of the night....brilliant. I must have a go at this. Take care.

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  14. What a fantastic card. Love the whole scene x

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  15. Wow, I am going to have a go, it is stunning. Good luck with your cards, I hate writing them so I invested in one or your personalised stamps with all the family names on. Wonderful !!
    Have a lovely day xx
    Maria M x

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  16. Will be buying a white crayon today! This is gorgeous!

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  17. wow, you make this look so straight forward, absolutely stunning. Ok its now a project for next year haha x

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  18. I love this stamp Barbara, I have used it. For quite a few of the cards I have made .its one of my all time favourites!

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  19. a beautiful card Barb - love how you made the carefully dug path for the car - brilliant! Hugs rachel x

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  20. Hallo Barbara,

    das ist ja wirklich wieder traumhaft toll geworden.
    Vielen Dank für die Anleitung.

    Dir und deiner Familie wünsche ich eine schöne ruhige Weihnachtszeit und alles Gute und viel Kreativität für das nächste Jahr.

    Liebe Grüße
    Sabine aus Siegen

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  21. Looks absolutely great, atmospheric and frosty, Barbara, and I thought immediately "Driving home for Christmas"... One of the Christmas songs I can hear often...
    Rolf xxx

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  22. I have the shivers just looking at it, but it a super one. Love the wax crayon, so effective. Thanks for the inspiration. xxx

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  23. Hope they're not about to drive off a cliff! Love the look of this Barbara, frosty and wintry and VERY Christmassy. Pat x

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  24. This card has a real wow factor. Thanks

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  25. What a fantastic card - love the technique and quite appropriate as some of our Aberdeenshire roads are closed due to snow today!

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  26. Wow! excellent. Will definitely have a go but I know I wont get mine to look like that !! I'm going to start next Christmas's cards in this break .......she says..... but after Ma









    Wow ! a great effect and technique which I'm going to have a try at but mine wont be that good I know that before I start! I'm going to see if I can start next Christmas's cards in this break! ha! ha!



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  27. Barbara this is stunning wow it's fantasic to create something so beautiful I will have a go at this thank you for today's blog xx

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  28. A great card Barbara , you just keep coming up with brilliant ideas and techniques!
    XxxRuth

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  29. This is gorgeous , you are amazing .

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  30. Wow, Tres Bien, Brilliant, Wunderbar. You just keep these tips and tricks coming. What would we do without you.
    I copied what you did for the Christmas Jumper set yesterday. Love that too. I did give you credit on my blog as it was your idea. Thank you for sharing. Hugs x
    Thank you for sharing

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  31. What a lovley card, and as you say, very atmospheric. Think the car stamp will definitely be on our back order list after Christmas. Must try the effect you got using a white wax crayon, does it have to be a spectrum noir, or would any run of the mill wax crayon do?

    Margaret

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  32. Love the Christmas card, but alas I have finished and sent all of my Christmas cards. Oh well a good idea for next year.

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  33. What a great card. Love the wax crayon technique, thank you for sharing these great tips. xx

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  34. This is a great Christmas card, I love the idea of using the wax crayon. My cards are all done and posted for this year but I will have a go at this early next year when I start in my cards for 2015

    Jackie x

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  35. Wow, who would have thought of doing tyre tracks in the snow, Barbara obviously, pure genius. Thanks for sharing

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  36. Just magical, very Christmassy, love the technique with the crayon, the snow looks ace.
    Michelle XX

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  37. Such a stunning card Barbara, really feel Christmasy.
    Laurence xx

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  38. just love this, so effective x

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  39. Wow, such a clever technique, adds real depth, must try it and buy some wax crayons, thank you x

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  40. Hi Barbara, this looks amazing, thank you.
    Is the white wax crayon just a kids crayon or is it something artists use, if so what is it's proper name so I buy the right thing? Thank you
    Love Brenda xx

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  41. What a fabulous technique. The wax crayon is amazing. I shall have to practise this. Thankyou xx

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  42. This is so simple yet it looks absolutely stunning! Great technique. XX

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  43. This is such a stunner! Haven't used my NDC stamp yet, but it will probably feature in my cards for next year. Thanks for sharing, Susan x

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  44. Hi Barb,
    This gives me the shivers just looking at it. It's wonderful and I'm going to start next year's Christmas cards in January. This is the one that I'll do for the family, unless I do the jumper one, oh decisions, decisions!! xx

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  45. Absolutely magnificent. How ingenious. I could almost see myself trying to push the car out of the snow. I am simply stunned. Sorry, I shouldn't be your creativity is beyond words.
    I hope you received my offering of a card - now I think it is flat - your car is moving along. I will continue to move along with you in 2015
    Best wishes Anne

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  46. what a cool trick. white wax crayons rock. it is an icy cold card, brrrrrrr ..... hugs xx

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  47. So effective Barbara, Anne x

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  48. The final result for this card is unbelievable. It's such a clever idea. Thank you x

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  49. No....! I just finished all my Christmas cards.Now I'm dying to try this one....maybe I forgot someone. Your ideas are wonderful.

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  50. Awesome! I love this stamp! This months club stamp and stencil are fabulous too! xxx

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  51. This is my fave of the Advent series so far. I have thankfully made, written and posted all my cards ( the Peace and Noel stencil are brill) just have one or two stocking fillers to buy , tree and decorations up but my flat is completely, totally and utterly turned upside down! Even my pussycat doesn't know where to lay his weary head. Big cleanup starts tommorow!

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  52. Hi Barbara - I caught up on two blogs in one loved them both - I have used the stamp of the car on almost all of my cards this year - and those that haven't got the car have the jumpers!!! - hopefully you have yours I sent you too!!
    I love the effect of the snow - will have to give this a go some time!!!

    Christmas is coming at us like a steam train - feeling very unorganised myself!!!
    Am also at the point if I don't have it - well thats it!!!

    Much love
    Kim

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  53. This is beautiful Barb, the snow looks so real but we don't want any of that yet lol!

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  54. Hallo liebe Barbara,

    was für eine geniale Idee. Die Spuren im Schnee sind so genial gemacht. Ich bin absolut begeistert.
    Vielen lieben Dank für die immer wieder neuen Anregungen.
    Ganz liebe Grüße Silvi

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  55. Wonderful card Barbara, snow looks so real and the car stamp is fantastic, if only mine would look as good as yours. Must get a white crayon and have a go. Be a good one for utube barbara for us to see your technique with the crayon, please, please, pretty please.xx

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  56. This is a lovely stamp which I do have so will try this. I love the way you have made the car tracks and all the shading makes it so realistic. So clever Barbara. x

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  57. Hi Barbara
    Love your ideas,the crayon looks so good and I'm fortunate to have this stamp so will give it a go.

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  58. Love the contrast of the blue against the White - very realistic Barbara thank you for sharing as usual x x x

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x