Monday, 13 January 2020

…infinitely mysterious and equally possible

Sharing a birthday card featuring an image from an artist formerly on DeviantArt, Shinigami, called Elegant Elf.

I’ve coloured my elf in watercolours keeping to the palette at Color Throwdown.  These colours flow through to my cardstock and embellies on my card.  I probably took a bit of poetic licence to the kraft in the elf’s skin and hair but hopefully that’s OK, as I loved the palette and thought it suited the image perfectly.  While the image was picked as it actually looks remarkably like the recipient of the card, well minus the pointy ear!

For the layout of my card I’ve used the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch.  To keep the card uncluttered I used all plain cardstocks for my mats and only added in some pattern with the accent rectangle.  I created this piece with alcohol ink on Yupo paper, using the technique showcased by Mindy Eggen on Jennifer McGuire’s blog.  If you’re looking for tips, tricks, techniques and loads of inspiration go check out Jennifer’s blog, she is incredibly generous in sharing so much information there.

I added in the strip behind the sentiment using a piece of lace so I could also play along at Cardz 4 Galz in their current haberdashery themed challenge.  I coloured it with Tim Holtz Distress Stain to match the same colour green I used on the elf’s dress.  The chippie sentiment was then coloured using the same gold paint as her dress accents.  I am still mourning the loss of Make it Crafty and Zoe’s best chippies ever in the history of craft supplies but have decided I can’t just horde them all, as much as I want to.

Make it Crafty Chipboard Single Layered Word ~ 3" wishes
Inks & Paints etc
Kuretake Starry Colors ~ No. 904 Light Gold
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink ~ Botanical
Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearl Ink ~ Envy & Sublime
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Barn Door, Black Soot, Ground Espresso, Peeled Paint, Spun Sugar, Tea Dye & Vintage Photo
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock ~ Marshmallow
Ribbons & Trims
White Lace from stash (dyed with Peeled Paint Distress Stain)
Shinigami ~ Elegant Elf (no longer available)

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Great job on the challenges, Emily! She really is an elegant elf! I love the texture from the lace ribbon and the veneer sentiment! Hugs, Darnell CTD GD

  2. This is lovely. The colours you've used go so well with the image. Thanks for joining us at Cardz4galz. Love Dawn x


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