Winter has a solid grip on us here in Southern Ontario. Even though I hate winter, I do like watching the snow fall when it’s quiet and dark outside. So I tried to incorporate some of that peaceful stillness in my card.
Our challenge this week at Crazy 4 Challenges was to use groundhogs in honour of Groundhog day or, if you don’t have any, use another small critter that lives on or in the ground. I recently bought Winter Time Fun by Hero Arts so the critters in there are perfect for this challenge.
I couldn’t decide what medium to use to colour them in. Do you ever have that problem? I finally decided that my coloured pencils could use some love as I hadn’t used them in a while. So if you enlarge the photo and notice some of the black lines aren’t all that dark, that’s why.
I decided that the deer would be a reindeer. Did you know that most deer except female reindeer lose their antlers in the winter? I only learned that recently! I had to look up what they look like of course, I think we have reindeer in northern Canada but I’ve never been north enough to see them. I chose a red fox for some additional colour.
I used two colours for the tree and added some light blue to soften the snowy areas. Then I used orangey reds for the cardinal and warm greys for the raccoon. Now that I see it enlarged, I covered some of the black lines here too. But I really don’t mind. The background was done with Distress inks over the masked images; the snowy hill was masked too with a simple hand cut mask made of plain printer paper.
So now to add a sentiment. I was thinking of a large scripty font but when I placed the clear stamp in the sky, it overwhelmed the small images and made the sky look cluttered. I finally decided on a small simple sentiment at the bottom which kept the calm look intact.
While you are staying indoors staying warm, I hope you will pop on over to the C4C blog to see the other designer’s creations and join us!