Friday, January 12, 2024

Cold As Ice 4x6 Weekly Art

 Hey there, Happy FriYay! 
Seems like I just wrote that...there goes Time going too fast again!

This week's theme is Snow Queen. That brings to my mind the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale by the same name, and that is one of my all-time LEAST favorite fairy tales. When I was a child I had beautifully bound books of both The Brothers Grimm and HCA. And when I had this story read to me or read it myself, I found her to be mean and unfeeling and completely selfish. 
Plus I was in constant fear of glass shards falling on me and being kidnapped.

So, I made my Snow Queen look a little evil as much as I could and borrowed from rock group Foreigner for the title. I used a Sheepski digital freebie (no longer offered) called Ice Queen for my image, coloring her with Promarkers and Colored Pencils and accenting with gold and silver glitter and metallic gel pens. I added the title in PSE using the Winter Beauty font and added a Cottage Cutz icicle border die at top, edged with blue Promarker. I ran multiple layers of white Posca paint pen around the edge to finish. I tried to make her eyes look as dead as possible. This is the first time I've used the image, so she was right there in my files waiting for this!

Here you can see the gold and silver gel penning effect.

And last look.
I will use this as a January winter decoration.
It will look right at home with the deep freeze weather headed our way!
I can also use it for Christmas.
Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Media Used: Paper/Colored Pencils/Alcohol Ink/Acrylic Paint/Glitter Gel Pens
Everything I've used here is OLD
Took inspiration from the gold and silver
Took inspiration from the colors blue, white and the wintery scenes
EPCOT Frozen Ever After Ride -- Frozen is loosely based on this fairy tale
Took inspiration from the color blue and the silver gold moon and white clouds


Alyson Mayo said...

That is definitely an evil looking image but I love the shades of blue :)

Becca S said...

Thanks for linking to Heart's Quest Fantasy (the old The Fairy and The Unicorn) with your Snow Queen! You've achieved a very good cold as ice look to her. Excellent usage of your stash! Keep participating! HQFCB has a 5 project limit per monthly competition! :) ==Becca

Michele said...

beautiful Aimeslee! thanks for linking to my snow queen challenge at sunday postcard art! wishing you a happy new year.xo

Lia said...

Your ice princess is looking great on this 'cold' card!

Lia said...

Me again, but now with my TSOC hat on...Thank you so much for showing your card over here as well.

Melanie Hungerford said...

Yes that image makes me feel cold, especially with the icicles on the top. Fabulous winter card, thanks for sharing with us at Simply CAS!

My name is Erika. said...

She is lovely, but she definitely looks a little bit intense. Maybe even evil. I like the icicles you have hanging along the top.I'm glad you linked her up to TIOT as she is perfect for our latest challenge. Thank you. And I had beautiful bound copies of those 2 fairy tale sets too. I don't remember the snow queen, but I probably read it (or had it read to me) and didn't like it. Actually a lot of those fairy tales weren't exactly warm and cuddly. It goes to show how people teach children about the world now and back then (1800's I think). Of course Disney makes everything look so beautiful in their films and none of the original tales even match the atmosphere of their newest films. For good or bad. No judgement here. Have a great weekend. hugs-Erika
ps-Thanks for interesting little blurb about Melville and Hawthorne too. Who knew?

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely piece, very elegant, but cold and sparkly. Sorry you didn't like the tale back when! Have a great weekend, take care, stay warm! Hugs, Valerie

Gale said...

Beautiful card Aimeslee! Love the design and your coloring is fab. Thank you for sharing with us over here at the Worldwide Crafters and Colorists Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Love to see you join in each month. Thank you.
Gale DT for

Lisa said...

What a great image and the use of glitter on the stones is perfect for her too.

Ellibelle said...

It's a fabulous creation Aimeslee and you managed well to make her look cold as ice. I too had bound books of the Grimms Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen. There are several stories that were so scary to read, I'm sure they are part of why I'm such a scaredy cat LOL. I did read those fairy tales A LOT in my childhood (in my native German language).

Thanks so much for sharing at I spy with my little eye!
Ellibelle's Corner

HilaryJane said...

Your ice queen has the perfect amount of sparkle and i do love the cool blues xx

P-and-P said...

It looks great. :)

Bonnie Lynn said...

Aimeslee, your ice queen is gorgeous! Definitely fits the weather we're both having. I also love the hint of gold you added on her crown. Stay warm my friend.

Rika said...

wonderful ice queen card!

peggy gatto said...

Love the blues!!!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow Aimeslee! This is wonderful- your Ice Queen certainly looks chilly and I love the colours you have used, Thank you for sharing at Try It On Tuesday, Chrisx

The Crafty Den said...

A beautiful card Aimeslee. The image is fantastic and the frosty colour scheme fits her perfectly. Thanks for sharing with us at Krafty Chicks challenge. Hugs, Denise, DT x x

*Vicki* said...

Oh yes, I am feeling the cold over my way as well as on your project here! Love that image and your border of icicles hanging down! Fun monochromatic blue colors too! Thanks for sharing your creation with us at the MIU Challenges!

Makira said...

🩵🩵🩵 I didn't even think of Foreigner for the sentiment! Brilliant!!! Thank you for playing with us at Park Hopping My Happy Place. 🎨🎢🌟 Stay inside, safe and warm, my friend. xoxo Makira

Pauline C said...

Very cool card in all ways! Thanks so much for joining in this month at I Spy Challenge "Something Old and/or Something New" theme.
Pauline xx

Rosmarie said...

Another fantastic card for this challenge! - seems you never run out of ideas! - I like that! ;)) Thank you so much for all your fabulous contributions on our Dream Factory Challenge! Rosi x
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Vickie Y said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us at Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge.

Deanne Saunders said...

Cool card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR 'ROUND challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!! Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

Lena said...

Oh, Aimeslee,you're so right! Your card is just perfect for the Texas freeze of 2024. I live in Pearland, so I sympathize :-) We're just not build for these temps :-) Love your card, especially all the sparklies and the beautiful blues. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Christmas Crafts All Year ‘Round. We hope to see you again next time. Have a wonderful day!
♥ Lena ~ DT
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Donna Walls said...

I never thought of the Ice Queen in that way but yea, I get your feeling. Cold as Ice, Mean, and Vengeful LOL. Great card, love the Icy feel, Thanks for sharing with us at The Inspiration Station Challenge. We're always inspired by everyone's creativity!
Donna xx
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Debbie said...

What a beautiful card. The winter scene you have created is lovely. Great design too. Thanks for joining in with us at Sparkles Christmas. Debs DT x

Leanne said...

Great card, I like the image and color you used, great glitter as well, thank you for playing our challenge at Christmas Craft Creations. Have a great day!

Leanne DT Member/CCC
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Leanne said...

I like this image and the sparkle you added is wonderful, great job. Thanks for playing our challenge at Christmas Craft Creations. Have a wonderful day!
Cheers, Leanne DT Member/CCC
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Cazro said...

A beautiful card. Thanks for sharing with us at Sparkles Christmas. Caz. DT.

Billie A said...

wonderful card. Thanks for sharing over at Sparkles Christmas