The theme at the Sweet Stampin' Christmas challenge for October is Travel and Transport.
This card has been, appropriately enough, quite a journey, with several false starts and detours along the way.
But in the end I found my way to the card I had in my head.
I started with an A4 sheet of silver centura pearl card, which I cut into 4 A6 sections. I was hoping to make a few copies of this card, although in the end only one was usable.
I covered the card with Atlantic versa color ink, then stamped the sleigh image, which is from a Papermania set I've had for a couple of years, in watermark ink. I embossed it with white powder. The anti-static pad is definitely needed when stamping onto pigment ink. I did then same with the ClarityStamp Street stamp along the bottom, doubling it up to put houses across the whole width of the card.
I coloured the sleigh image using mica powder with a little water; moon gold for the reindeer, white for the sleigh and beard, and a touch of red on Santa. I also used a little chateau mica powder on a few of the houses. By leaving the windows lighter, it gives an impression of lights on at night.
Lastly, I used a white pen to add snow in the sky and ran a chipped sapphire distress ink pad round the edges. I mounted it on white card a couple of millimetres larger.
For the frame mount, I used Clarity stencil card, and stamped the swirls round the edge using watermark ink. The stamp is a tree, but I just wanted the curly branches. I heat embossed with clear powder, so the white of the card showed through.
I blended tumbled glass distress ink over the embossing, then to tone it down a little, and tone in with the main image, I added a touch of chipped sapphire distress ink on the edges.
I mounted this on white card, again 2 millimetres larger, then mounted the main image on this using foam pads. I've run out of foam tape and only have the tiny candy pads at the moment, which are a bit of a pain to use, I must get more tape.
I used the same foam pads (with gritted teeth!) to mount the whole thing onto a white card just under A5 in size.