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Feb 1, 2024

It's Still Winter: Four Seasons February Challenge

Hello and welcome! It's the first of the month and that means it's time for a new challenge at the Four Seasons challenge blog. It's still winter!!! And I am so over it after the arctic January we had!!! If you are living in the Midwest then I am sure you feel the same!! Luckily we're starting off February with 10 degrees above freezing and it feels like spring to me!!! I did totally enjoy making today's winter themed cards as I finally managed to use that bench stamp!!

As always we have a fantastic mood board to inspire you but you can share any of your new winter themed (or winter holidays) creations.

Here is our February mood board and I am sure you can guess I was inspired by the bottom right image.

I've had this Penny Black stamp set (On the Town) for a really long time, several years, but always shied away from using it and only used the tree from this stamp set once before. Well, this time I was determined to ink up that bench and light post. I did look for some inspiration online (more on that below) on how to use/stamp the bench. 

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I started with a hill mask cut from copy paper, then inked with Stormy Sky Distress Oxide ink. I did add a small spot of Antique Linen ink for the light from the light post. And along the edges of the sky I also used Chipped Sapphire ink. I decided to add a city skyline to the background using an old stamp from Whimsy Stamps and no longer available but I do like this one by Penny Black or maybe this one. Next I moved the mask down a bit to create a snow bank once again with Stormy Sky ink.

With the mask still in place I stamped the trees from the same "On the Town" set. Removed the mask and now came the (to me) complicated part - stamping the bench. I wanted the bench legs to be in the snow so I cut small pieces of paper to use as masks. It wasn't too easy to place them just right but somehow I managed. Then I stamped the lamp post behind the bench, masking off part of it. On the card above I used a stamp from the Penny Black set Spread Cheer, the boy or girl pulling a sled with a dog sitting on it. The little bunny is also from the same set. I inked a few more snowbanks using the same mask. For a little extra detail I stamped a few twigs next to the bench and bottom right (Penny Black Woodsy set). 

The snowflakes were done with a white Posca pen. I also used a white Sakura gel pen for a few highlights and then Frosted Lace stickles glitter for a bit of snowy sparkle.

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So the card right above was my original try but I thought it resembled my inspiration piece just a bit too much. I did add a city skyline and used the other set of people from the stamp set, plus the bunny and a few twigs too but I find it looks too similar to Penny Black designer Heather's card so I am sharing this just for inspiration but won't enter this one to challenges.

As there is a moon on this card (a little hard to see but it's in the top right corner) I thought the sentiment "Love you to the moon and back" was perfect and I will give this to my husband for Valentine's Day :) 

You have until February 25th to join us this month. Hope to see you there! 


Sarn said...

WOW - what brilliant snowy stamping and inking, masking etc. You've created two lovely winter scenes. xxx

Darlene said...

WOWZA! Both cards are just FABULOUS! Love that the doggie is 'hitching a ride' ... too cute! BEAUTIFUL work and designs ... you are SO talented!!!

Diane said...

WOW, BOTH cards are beautifully created scenes, you are so good with those awesome scenes!! Absolutely perfection!!

Aimeslee Winans said...

Love the cards, but wanted to tell you that's too dang cold to be 10 above, brrrrr! xoxo

ScrappyHorses said...

Such beautiful cards; I'm so enamored with the child pulling his little pup with the bunny looking cute! Wonderful city in the background and the park setting is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Path of Positivity! ~Katrina

coldwaters2 said...

Two beautiful Winter themed cards Ellie love the stamps and the scenes makes me feel cold
lolo x

Liz said...

Wonderful snowy scene, Ellie. Great card.
Liz xx

Vicki said...

Spectacular winter scenes! So creative and lots of inking and masking. Both cards are beautiful. Thanks for sharing with the Double D, "Sparkle and/or Shine" Challenge.

Bonnie said...

Your scene is so detailed and each addition has a meaning. The city sky line was a really nice touch.

Chrissy said...

Two beautiful wintry scenes Ellibelle and I love the sky and snowflakes, just wonderful..


Suzanne Reynolds said...

What a great job on the snow mounds and great masking to bring your scenes together... love all the silhouette images against the background white snow and blue sky... super jobs on both cards. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards with us at Double Trouble and Critter Crazy.

kiwimeskreations said...

Two beautiful cards Ellie - love the almost ghostly city skyline in the background of the first one, and great use of the bench stamp in them both

brenda said...

Both beautifully done Ellie.

B x

aussie aNNie said...

LOVE the design here, it's just beautiful. Great make and lovely concept xx

Pauline C said...

Wow Ellie, both of these cards are absolutely stunning! I absolutely love your backgrounds, and the stamps you have used to create the scenes are beautiful.
Pauline xx

papierelle said...

Zwei großartige Winterszenen hast Du geschaffen, es wirkt sehr realistisch.
Auch durch die schemenhafte Darstellunmg der Gebäude im Hintergrund!! LG Gundi

Alyson Mayo said...

Love both of these - the scene with the faint light from the lamp and the falling snow - just wow! Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble :)

Helen said...

Gorgeous cards Ellie - fabulous stamping!
Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
Helen x

Grenouille Greetings said...

Love this! I especially love that misty view of the city beyond the hills. A really wonderful composition - beautifully executed. Hugs, Lesley

Deanne Saunders said...

Wow! Awesome!!! Thanks so much for participating in our CREATIVE CRAFTERS 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

Natascha said...

Hello Ellie!
Love your cards. They are both pices of art. Such lovely scenery and peaceful winter wonderland cards. Thank you very much for joining us over at Stamps&Fun=CREATIVITY Challenge. Hope to see you again soon.
Hugs, Natasha

Heather said...

Two fabulous cards!! I can see why you were hesitant to use this set, but I think you did well and they both turned out fabulous! Thanks for playing with Critter Crazy Challenge.

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Both of these are incredibly beautiful. I struggle with silhouettes. You have special powers with them. Just gorgeous!!!