Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fresh Muse

My crafting mojo has been missing for days now.  Of course that always seems to be the case when I have deadlines looming in my personal life.  With a list of things to do as long as my arm, I'm staring vacantly into space hoping the craft fairy will come clean up my area and leave me a pile of finished projects.

One of the things on my to do list is to finish making Christmas cards.  I used inspiration from Freshly Made Sketches and Muse to bring you this:

Taking a cue from the design team over at Freshly Made Sketches, I was very loose with my interpretation.  I spritzed pearlized Smokey Plum onto the purple background to follow the sketch.  Then I used my finger to smear silver pigment ink over top.  That left me with too much silver and not enough purple, so I smeared Smokey Plum and Gypsy pigment ink. 

The snowflake followed the same basic inking.  First it was spritzed, patted with Smokey Plum pigment ink, patted with silver pigment, and then toped with some heavier pats with Gypsy pigment.  I have a little silver on my Gypsy ink pad now, but it's not horrible.

The snowflake was cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up.

All supplies listed with italics are CTMH.

Well, off to make dinner. Maybe the kitchen fairy cleaned and left me a delicious, nutritious meal.  Here's to wishful thinking!

Until next time,


  1. Gorgeous snowflake, gorgeous background - love the free feel of it! Thanks for joining us at Muse!

  2. I'm glad the muse found you! Purple is one of the more challenging colours to work with, but this turned out so lovely. The addition of silver was a great idea. My policy with the kitchen fairies is not to acknowledge their visits...apparently its bad luck and jinxes any likelihood of reappearance.

  3. Purple is my fave colour but not one I usually use in papercrafting because it's so hard to get the tones just right, but your card is perfect, and the smeared background tdf!

  4. Very pretty Christmas card! Great minds think alike.... we both used purple backgounds, and our high tech tool - Fingers to smear the ink. Love!

  5. Love your yummy card and I really like the smearing of the silver and other inks.

  6. Love the layers of pigment and shine - gorgeous background!

  7. Fabulous smearing! I love the effect you've created with this beautiful card!

  8. Very pretty! It seems like you were even able to catch the shimmer in your photo ... not an easy task.

  9. This is beautiful. Reminds me of the swirls of winter wind in "Frosty the Snowman". And looks like it must have been fun to create!


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