Sunday, 16 December 2012

Christmas masking

Happy Sunday, I hope you are now well into your Christmas preparations. I still have quite a bit to do, but we are getting there.

Today I have one post for both Fashionable Stamping Challenges and PanPastels DTs. The challenge today at FSC is 'Mask It' and at PanPastels it is 'Christmas Time' and by putting them together I have made a Christmas card for my hubbie.

I used a mask and Maimeri modelling paste, available from our sponsors 'Your Creativity Store', to create the texture on the background and then when it was dry I added PPs and also used a holly mask to create further interest.


The toy soldier is a Sizzix die coloured with distress stains, inked round the edges and edged with black pen.

The Marianne trees have been dry brushed with white paint and I created texture on them by using the die for embossing over them to make it look like branches.


Finally one die cut and two punched snowflakes, a die cut 25 and computer generated sentiment complete finish it off.

I am not around again today, I will be attending day 2 of the Andy Skinner workshops at The Stamp Attic. I am looking forward to having some time over the Christmas and New Year to play with the techniques I am learning.

Sorry I haven't been commenting this week. The catch-up with work after my holiday, a day being a governor at a local school and then prepping and doing a workshop at The Art of Craft has prevented me from doing much else. But hopefully I can catch up with you all this week.

Take care, only 10 more sleeps before Christmas.

hugs Brenda xox


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39 comments:

Caroline said...

Brenda this is gorgeous I love the soldier and the colours are beautiful. Caroline xxx

Redanne said...

You have created such a beautiful background for the soldier and he is lovely. Love the way you have treated the trees, they look so realistic. Anne x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous Christmas card Brenda, love the beautiful blended background, perfect backdrop for the toy soldier. Tracy x x

Von said...

What wonderful masks Brenda :) and a super card for hubby
Von ♥

froebelsternchen Susi said...

just adorable! I love it!

Sue C said...

Fabulous card Brenda, love the stencilled paste it really frames the toy soldier brilliantly ! Enjoy your class, can't wait to see the new techniques you've learnt ! Sue C x

Suzi B said...

Ooh what a fabulous card.. your hubby will love it I do.. the background is awesome.
Suzi b x

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Brenda...such a perfect card to give to a male! The texture paste is a great way to mask, it brings everything forward instead of backwards...a great idea!
Dot x

Kathyk said...

Simply super, I'm sure your huby will love it

Happy Sunday

Kathyk

Shirl said...

This is a real head turner Brenda as soon as I saw it I fell in love with it. Who cares about giving to a male I would have this one in an instant.

Hugs Shirley x x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A beautiful card with a wonderful image.

Samantha Read said...

Beautiful as always Brenda xxx

Gram's Treasures said...

Oh, I really like this one....the colour combo, and the different techniques for the texture. Beautiful!
Joyce xx

Terry said...

Love that striking background. The "Toy Soldier" looks as if he is standing on a candy cane cloud! Ken will love his Christmas card! I think I may just use that die for Steve's! Hope you are having a great time with Andy Skinner! Hugs!

Meggymay said...

Fabulous background masking , love that Toy Soldier, great card for the man in your life, but like Shirley said, many women would love it as well.
Yvonne x

lynne said...

A wonderful blast of festive colour and with that amazing background.
A fabulous card Brenda.
Hope you are having fun at the workshop.
Wishes
Lynne

Juls said...

fabby Love the texture! Hugs Juls

Netty said...

Have a terrific Christmas Brenda and loving your toy soldier card, Annette x

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous card Brenda, love the background for your toy soldier.
Glad to see you had a great holiday, the winter sun really gives you a boost before Christmas.
Great to read that Becca is back to school and well.
Avril xx

butterfly said...

Gorgeous textured background, and the trees and soldier are splendid! Hope you've been having a great time at Andy's workshop today...
Alison x

Sue said...

Hello Brenda
Love this card, the colour palette the toy soldier the trees the texture, gosh just everything; it is splendid.
Smiles:)
Sue

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Wonderful textured background, and the soldier is a splendid highlight.

Anita Houston said...

Love your masking and colors! That toy soldier is perfect on this card!

inkypinkycraft said...

A gorgeous card and the trees are wonderful!! Happy Christmas hugs trace x

Ellie Knol said...

Lovely masking project!

Buttons said...

What a fabulous card Brenda. The modelling paste masked texture is picked up so well by the pastels. Great design too. Hope all has gone well and that you are managing to fit everything in. Hugs, Jenny x

Sue said...

This is soooo lovely Brenda! huggles hun x

Marjie Kemper said...

Just beautiful, Brenda! Love your masking and I always admire the way you work the pan pastels. I got the PP bug yesterday after seeing Donna Downey demo them. Santa's got a new addition to his wish list!

Karin said...

gorgeous card, love the soldier on it, very english! Have a nice evening!

Sophie said...

Super schön, diese Weihnachtskarte.
Die traditionellen Farben sind immer wieder so schön anzusehen.

Herzliche Advents-Grüße

Ephemera said...

Hi Brenda, wonderful texture on your card and I adore the pan pastel colours, they are stunning, Hubby will love it especially the toy soldier. xx

Fliss said...

Absolutely gorgeous Brenda and so clever to combine the 2 as well.
Hope you had a fabulous time at the workshops, Andy is such a lovely guy and very inspirational too.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Gillian .... said...

Brenda this is gorgeous, love the textured background and the toy soldier is a fav of mine. It has been fun working with you, take care. Wishing you & yours health & happiness for 2013. Hope to see you next year at some point. Hugs Gillian xx

Cheryl said...

oh this is gorgeous hun,just wanted to pop over to say bless you for your wonderful support and to say,happy Christmas,all my love hugs Cherylxxxxxxxx

Claire said...

Beautiful card Brenda, really clever masking and so much attention to detail. I bet your hubby will love it. All the best for Christmas and the new year if I don't get chance to pop back before the festivities start. Its always hectic at work this time of year so I'm last minute with everything this week
Claire xx

Alexa said...

I love the way the green blends seamlessly with the red to create such a beautiful background. Keep counting down the sleeps ... X

Esther said...

Hi Brenda - just trying to catch up before the big day - I love the background of your card, such gorgeous colour blending and great texture...Wishing you a great Christmas and Happy New Year...Esther xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Love the Nutcracker soldier,

Lucy x

nefertiti said...

In french : "magnifique"!!!!bisous