Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Polar Xpress is Here

Greetings on this Tuesday evening! Hope you are having a good week. I am popping in to share another Christmas card tonite:

I've used Pink & Main's Frosty patterned papers on a 6x6 card base cut from 12x12 Chatterbox textured card stock.

I have used Outlawz Wednesday Sketch, just getting it in under the wire as a new sketch challenge starts tomorrow. In PSE, I turned it on its side, sized it to 6x6 and then employed the View Grid function to get my paper layer measurements.

 I distressed all of the patterned paper edges and inked them with VersaMagic Chalk ink. I stamped the sentiment Polar Xpress using Clear Dollar Bobble Alphas stamps with Delicata Silver pigment ink and heat-embossing in Ranger Fine Silver EP. I used a strip of felt bear lace by Queen & Co.

 I had been admiring this Tiddly Inks digital image stamp, Winterlights - Ricky, for a while on other people's projects. Finally went there and bought it and Winterlights - Wryn, which I will use on a future project. I printed Ricky out on Office Depot index stock after sizing the image in PSE. The first thing I did was stamp the North Star (don't know who made) with the silver Delicata ink and heat-embossed with the Ranger Silver EP. Next, I took my Sakura clear gel pen, coated Ricky's helmet hat fur and collar fur, and then I hand-drew snowflakes in the sky and let that dry. Then I colored the image with my ProMarkers and lastly I drew some smaller stars with a Sakura Silver Shadow gel pen. (I made a boo boo and smeared a couple -- oh well, shooting stars! haha)

I was going to leave the bear white but he really looks better in the light gray and the snow looks whiter in contrast. I chose to use muted colors (browns, grays) for Ricky and the fox. I wanted the sky and the bear to be dominant. I used 4 shades of ProMarker blues on the aqua spectrum, Midnight Blue, Arctic Blue, Duck Egg and Cool Aqua. And to make sure the ground snow was white as can be, I colored it with a Polychronos White wax pencil.

 Inside of my Card. The sentiments are stamped with Memento Black Tuxedo ink and are by Technique Junkies and Stamp Magick.

Here's the back of my card. The siggie stamp is Impression Obsession. A sheet of Pink & Main and a snippet from the card front's papers.

Very difficult to photograph this card and have the silver sentiment show clearly. And yet, no problem with the silver stars! 

Before listing the Challenges I am playing, I will leave you with a few close-ups and a final view:


1.  Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenges May 15-28 - Sketch is shown above.
2.  Tiddly Inks Challenge #225: Let's Get Dotty - Must use a TI image and I have used Winterlights-Ricky (flipped horizontally in PSE before printing out). I've used papers with dots and I dotted snowflakes in the sky of the image.
3.  Split Coast Stampers 2019 Christmas Challenges: June Blue & Silver or Red & Gold - I've made a Blue & Silver card.
4.  12 Months of Christmas Link Up Challenge #53: Anything Christmas Goes + Opt. Feature a Creature - I have played the option and have featured a polar bear and also have them as a felt trim at bottom of card.
5.  Sweet Stampin' Christmas May Challenge: Anything Christmas Goes + Opt. Twist Snowflakes - I have played the optional twist. I have hand-drawn snowflakes on my image and snowflakes on my paper.
6.  ABC Christmas May Challenge: J is for Jingle K is for Kids - I have played K is for Kids. Ricky is a little boy riding a polar bear with his pet fox. I called it Polar Xpress alluding to the children's movie. 
7.  Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge #439: Anything Christmas Goes + Opt. Use Some Silver - I have made a blue & silver card. The stars in my image sky and the sentiment Polar Xpress are both silver.
8.  Merry Little Christmas Challenge #10: Anything Christmas Goes
9.  Outlawz Saturday Paper A La Mode May 25-June 7: Around the World - My card is at the North Pole.
10.  The Three Muses Challenge: Interesting or Amazing Hats - my bear rider Ricky is wearing a huge winter hat.
11.  Love To Scrap Challenge #121: Anything Goes + Masculine Challenge - I played the masculine challenge.
12.  Try It On Tuesday: Make A Mark - I hand drew the snowflakes and some of the stars on my image's sky.
13.  A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #92: Always Anything Goes
14.  Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge May: Anything Goes with Patterned Paper - I used patterned papers from Pink & Main.
15.  Colour Crazy Week 20: Anything Goes with Colouring - I have colored my focal image with ProMarkers.
16.  Your Scrapbook Place May Challenge: Anything Goes
17.  SAS4KIDS May Challenge: To Dad from Kids/Anything Goes 4 Kids
18.  Scrapping4Fun Challenge #141: Masculine
19. Mix It Up Challenge #25: Anything Goes + Opt. Mixed Media - I've played the option. I have stamping, ink & tool edge distressing, gel pen ink resist on snowflakes, heat-embossing of star and sentiment, paper layer collage, alcohol ink marker coloring and Polychronos white wax pencil on the snowy ground. 

Well, that does it for me. I hope you liked my card. I have a hair appointment tomorrow and then anniversary dinner at Salt Grass tomorrow evening. Thursday I have physical therapy and Friday is my ladies lunch group. I may not be back for a few days! So, I want to thank you for visiting me and hope you have a great rest of the week and weekend! XOX


Cath Wilson said...

And what a difference the addition of a hand drawn doodle makes, by making your card absolutely unique! No one else will draw snowflakes or stars like yours, lol. I often write on my cards in tiny writing - along the side of an image or between petals - a bit like journaling. It may not be noticeable, but it makes it far more personal. Love your dotty paper and you're very good at mixing and matching. I like your signature stamp, too - I'm just waiting for a couple of new ones from Paper Angel...I love a good signature stamp :-)
Must admit I can't cope with the idea of snow and Christmas yet, though, lol. We're having a second autumn here and I'm not very warm at all. Hope you're getting lovely, bright sunshine! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday :-)
Cath x

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Such a darling card. Great DP and background with the polar bear. You rocked out this one my friend.

Chris said...

Such a beautiful card, lovely design and papers, fabulous colouring of the sweet image, love it! Thanks for playing along with us at CASS this month.

Amy said...

This is precious card! Love the child on polar bear! Adorable as ever!

Meggymay said...

I have spent a while catching up after my time without the internet. All your posts have been good to read and your art pieces are fantastic.
I love this sweet image of the polar bear and how you designed the card.
Belated Happy Anniversary wishes to you and your husband, I wish you many more happy times together.
Yvonne xx

Tristan said...

Wow Aimeslee you've created a stunning card. So many elements and details/ Love how you've coloured that sweet polar bear and elf and then the addition of the felt bears walking across the bottome provide perfect balance. Thanks for joining us at SSC this month. Tristan DT.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

This is fantastic. I love the polar bear.

froebelsternchen said...

A simply beautiful card! Stunning in every ingle detail - just WOW! Thank you for joining us at TioT's again Aimeslee ! Happy day! Susi xxx

Kelly Parker said...

Wow, beautiful card! I love the Polar Express too. Thank you for joining the Scrapping4funchallenge!

Lynda said...

What a fabulous creation - and so many things to look at and comment on. Here goes:Love the colouring of the polar bear, and it certainly adds to the image when coloured in light grey, the white snow is a great contrast; Ricky and the fox are adorable; loving the 'shooting stars' created from your boo boo! All-in-all - love it. Thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge using the theme of 'K for Kids'. :) Lynda DT

Little Artbee said...

What a sweet card with great decoration details. It remembers me of the fairy tale about the polar bear king, did you know that? Wonderful card which I love much.
Dear Greetings

Karen Dunbrook said...

sweet cards and of course, I love them done in the blues.
:) Karen

Let's Art Journal said...

Such a wonderful card! The design is magical with the colours and papers that you used and your hand drawn snowflakes look beautiful 😊. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Try it on Tuesday! Jo x

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful Christmas card and love the border of felt polar bears
Carol x

Ann Chuang Crafts said...

This is such a sweet card! Thanks for sharing your card at Mix It Up Challenge Blog! Hope to see you again soon!! HUGS!
Ann DT

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

This is beautiful! I love the colors and the great polar theme! Fantastic!

Jackie C said...

Simply adorable! Just perfect for the Challenge! Great project! Fabulous that you have shared this with us here at Colour Crazy. Good luck and we hope you will come back again! Jackie DT Member xxx

Scrapping4funChallenges said...

Beautiful card, lovely image
Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges
Rachelle DT

Granmargaret said...

Lovely card. Thank you for joining the challenges at 12 Months of Christmas cards link up, A Bit More Time to Craft, Colour Crazy and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge.

Helen said...

A great card - thanks for sharing it with us at the Merry Little Christmas Challenge.

Helen x

Margo said...

This is so beautiful !
Thank you so much for joining us at Colour Crazy Craft Challenge.
Margo DT

flossbite said...

Wonderful creation! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge. Hope to see you again!

WendyK said...

Just love your card and the collage is just right. Thank you for sharing on TIOT

Mrs.B said...

This is adorable, and the image is so sweet no wonder you wanted it, as usual you have included lots of lovely details and the polar bear lace is gorgeous. A great take on our theme at TioT with the hand drawn snowflakes, thanks for sharing. Avril xx

LOU said...

Beautiful card Aimeslee. Love that image and your colouring. Inside sentiment is great too!
Thanks so much for joining us at Colour Crazy Challenge. Hope to see you again soon.
Lou DT xo

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