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January 8, 2013

In the bleak midwinter

Hello all,  I'm feeling the opposite of bleak and wintry - I'm full of the joys of spring, and so excited to be joining this amazing team, and working with the wonderful Artistic Outpost stamps, which were one of my very first loves when I started this crazy ride.

For my first post here, I thought I'd share with you one of my recent favourites, an ATC using the gorgeous MidWinter plate.  I started with some music paper in the background, since the whole thing was inspired by the quote from my favourite Christmas carol, and edged it with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  I brushed some gesso in sweeping strokes for a windswept look.
The little house was stamped onto kraft cardstock, and I used Snowflake Fresco paint to add the billowing snowdrifts, with some tiny vertical brushstrokes to try to get the look of icicles hanging from the roof.
I also used the paint to stamp the sentiment, which is what gives it that distressed look I love.  And the twig got a little dusting of snowy paint too, adding some dimensionality to the ATC.

Thanks so much for dropping in today, and I'm looking forward to sharing another project soon.

Designer: Alison Bomber
Words and Pictures


Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely Alison, love the snow drifts and the warm muted tones. Welcome . Tracy x x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Lovely snowy scene, great way with the paint on the roof! Chrisx

inkypinkycraft said...

A beautiful make Alison, I love browns trace x

Boo said...

I love the use of browns and tans. The icicles are a great little extra.

Terry said...

Beautiful snowy effect, Alison! Love the way you combined these fabulous stamps and added the twig! Hugs!

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is lovely, Alison! Huge congrats, and looking forward to more of your inspiring makes with some of my favourite stamps,

Lucy x

Karen McAlpine said...

Well, hello Alison! Fancy meeting you over here on the AO blog!! Great project!

Kelly_Deal said...

So pretty!

Buttons said...

Loved this one Alison. You got that snowy roof painted to perfection. Hugs, Jenny x

Samantha Elliott said...

Nice to see you have gone into this DT running Alison! What a stunner of an ATC! I so nearly bought this stamp set and now maybe I should have! There is BSSBS on the horizon!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Totally gorgeous, Alison! Love how you have used the gesso and fresco paint to create such a super snowy look. The music background is wonderful too. A totally awesome piece for your first AO post - welcome!


Brenda Brown said...

Gorgeous Alison, looking forward to seeing more of your work with these stamps.
hugs {brenda} x0x

lilscrappers said...

My favourite stamp set EVER! Where did you get the snowy fresco paint? It looks fabulous on the kraft. The whole card calls to me :)