Sunday 11 November 2012

Christmas Rooftops

I didn't get time to play along with Less Is More yesterday but I found a little time today - it's one layer week and the theme is houses.  I decided to use the theme as an opportunity to use one of the stamps I got at the NEC this week to make another Christmas card to add to my stash for this year.  I have to say I was quite disappointed with the NEC this year and don't think I'll bother going again as there weren't really any stalls there that don't go to my local fairs in Sheffield and Doncaster which cost less than half the entrance fee of the NEC and have free parking (not the tenner it now costs at the NEC!)  The last time I went there were lots of big companies (like sir stampalot) so there was a wide variety of stash available - this year - it seemed if you didn't want memory box dies then there was little else to chose from.  (having said that I did still manage to spend a fortune but mostly as I bought a big storage unit from storage4crafts as it was good to see them up close rather than online)

Anyhow, enough complaining, now onto the card....

I used my new town silhouette from inkylicious and stamped it in black into a central frame on my white cardstock.  I stamped a little Santa on his sleigh above the rooftops and then created a mask for the moon and then masked the rooftops also so I could ink in the sky.  I used salty ocean and chipped sapphire distress inks to create the sky and then added a little pearl spritz water on top to create a soft snowfall effect.  Then I removed the masks to reveal the full moon.  Finished with a sentiment embossed in white which is also from an inkylicious stamp set (swirl tree)


  1. Hola Tara, waht fantastic card, i like santa crossing through the sky and the skyline, beautiful work tara.
    I hope the best for you and your family

  2. What a terrific card - the two blue D.I.'s work perfectly for the night sky and the water splashes are great to give the illusion of a snowy night too

    Sorry to hear you were disappointed with the NEC but gr8 to hear you got your unit


  3. Lovely card. So effective.

  4. Oh my goodness! Tara - this is just so beautiful. Love the winter snow scene and Santa flying in front of the moon. Lovely.

    Sorry to hear that NEC wasn't as good as expected, but it sounds like you did well!

  5. Love it, Tara - the background is amazing!

  6. Stunning Tara. Love the stamp and the fabby sky but the best bit is the Speilbergesque moon with santa and his sleigh. Brilliant.
    Sorry you were disappointed with NEC. Hope you had a great birthday though, did you get my card?
    Lynne xxx

  7. I love silhouettes and this card is beautifully done. Nice work!

  8. Wonderful inking and stamping! Sue x

  9. Fabulous card Tara and such a great image


  10. wow i love that night sky...
    Sorry you didn't enjoy the NEC Tara.. I decided not to go this year ... quite glad I didn't now... I have far too many dies lol
    Thanks so much for joining us
    Less Is More

  11. This is great Tara, I bought this stamp last year and didn't find it easy to use, I think mine may have been a little shallow!
    Sorry you didn't enjoy the NEC... I thought it was much smaller this year too!
    I'm curious to know what you storage unit is like!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  12. Unbelievable one layer card Tara..... Brilliant inking and so atmospheric too :0)
    Sounds like a great spend up at the NEC!
    Jenny x

  13. Oh my goodness, this is just stunningly done Tara! I love the snowy effect in the sky and the cityscape is just beautiful. Sorry to hear the NEC was a bit of a disappointment - but the storage unit sounds like a great find! Vicky x

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