Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Train

Hi there! Wow, just a few more days 'til Christmas. This will probably be my last post until later next week, so if I don't get back on here before then, I hope you all have a safe and wonderful Christmas!

Today I played along with the sketch challenge at SCS, using images from Life is Good.  I kept mine pretty clean and simple, using score lines to take the place of the horizontal panel in the back.

I made this card with a pouch on the inside for holding a gift card or other small item. It's hard to tell from this photo, but there are tabs on the side that I folded under to adhere the bottom flap up into the pouch. 

I started with a piece of Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight White, cut to 11 by 5 inches.  I scored at 2 and 6.5 inches.

On the long side, I scored at .25 inches, then rotated the cardstock and scored at .25 on the other side as well. 

 I folded and creased, then used my scissors to trim away the long .25 inch strip from each side, leaving it in place only on the 2 inch flap. The I folded over the .25 inch tabs and adhered the flap to the inside of the card base, using Scor-tape.

Oops, almost forgot to say, I also stamped the mountain scene, from Happy Camper, on the inside before adhering the flap, so that the scene is peeking out from the pouch. (see inside photo above)

On the front of the cardbase, made score lines every .25 inches near the top. I used my Scor-Buddy and scored on the inside, so the lines would be raised on the front of the card. 

For the background panel, I cut a rectangle using Nestabilities, then sponged while still in the die, using Memento Summer Sky. I masked the bottom with a torn sticky note. 

Then I sponged Memento Danube Blue. 

And sponged just a tiny bit of Memento Paris Dusk. 

 I moved the sticky note, to sponge some snow drifts, using Weathered Wood Distress Ink.

 I moved it once more, sponging another drift, then sponged a bit more after removing the mask.

I inked up the top of one of the snowy banks, from Life is Good, leaving the reflection un-inked, then stamped along the horizon, using Memento Tuxedo Black.

Used N1 and N3 Copic markers to add shadows beneath the trees.

Stamped the train on a separate piece of cardstock and colored starting with N5 in the darkest areas. 

Added N5. 

Filled in with N1. 

I used N7 and E57 on the tracks. I lost the picture of the next step, but I used W1 on the smoke and Y21 on the light at the front of the engine. 

After coloring, I cut out the train. Then I used Pop Dots, triple thick at the front of the train, single thick in the middle, and none at all at the back (I just used a bit of glue at the back). 

I layered the background with Pure Luxury Black Onyx and adhered it to the card base using Pop Dots. Then I added the train. Using the trippled up Pop Dots at the front, gave the train even more dimension.

That's all for now. Stay safe and happy. Very Merry!!!


Becky said...

This is beautiful Theresa. I so love your tutorials. :)

Dee in N.H. said...

That is beautiful! Your tutorials are so great. Have a warm, safe and happy holiday!

Joan V said...

love this . thanks for sharing.

Jan Castle said...

Beautifully done!
Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas and a bright New Year!

marie gamber said...

Your work is beyond beautiful All the practice in the world doesn't make my sponging look like yours. You just have a special gift. Thanks for sharing!

Irish Cream said...

It's very originally

Gayle C. said...

Theresa, Thank you for so graciously sharing your talents in detail with us. I enjoy your posts and your art is fantastic. Merry Christmas and wishing you a safe, peaceful New Year.

Banu said...

Beautiful card. WOW..Thanks for the tutorial again. Merry Christmas and Happy new year.

Eve said...

Beautiful, Just Beautiful... i can't think of any other words on your cards, all of them...

Anonymous said...

Theresa I so enjoy your wonderful tutorials - thank you gifted lady for sharing your techniques. This 'train' card is another WOW!

Wishing you and those you love a truly heart-warming Christmas and a healthy prosperous New Year.

Mary Mac

velta said...

Thank you for your inspiration this year...I may not comment, but I have been following you for a long time. Your artwork has given me many ideas and I hope I can try to pick up some of your inspiration in the future!

Happy Holidays to you and yours :)

Betty Neville said...

Love this Theresa! Thank you for always taking the time to post such detailed and clear tutorials! I have learned a lot!

Merry Christmas to you and yours, and all the best in 2011!

Anonymous said...

Jocul oamenilor mature reprezinta imitarea actului divin adica un efort de recreare.
Jocul copiilor este considerat autentic, adica mai apropiat de creatia divina. Jocul copiilor este un joc sincer pentru ca ei nu inteleg si nu accepta conversatiile sociale si cognitive. Jocul lor ignora barierele temporale si spatiale. Pentru fiecare copil joaca nu este doar un obiect de distractie ci si o exprimare a personalitatii si de explorare a lumii. Copilaria si jocul alcatuiesc un spatiu ideal spre care scriitorii se intorc adeseori invocandu-l cu incantare si nostalgie, iar printre acesti scriitori sunt amintiti Ion Creanga si Ovidiu Verdes.

kraftykat157 said...

Beautiful Card

casinos online said...

Christmas is my one of the favorite festival. It is a good Christmas train. I think kids like this type of train. It is a good drawing.

KonaRose said...

Hi, Theresa,
Thanks for so much inspiration and help for me - I really need and appreciate it. You make it look so very simple :)

KonaRose said...

You never cease to amaze me! Simply, brilliant!