Here is my second card of the week using the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown sketch.
This one is all done with masking rather than layers.
I cut the circles from a post it and copy paper, and attached the small circle and the large outer to a piece of Clarity coated card, cut to size.
I stamped the large semi circle space with the small Clarity snowflakes, the same as the last card, using watermark ink. After allowing it to dry, I blended chipped sapphire distress ink over the top, creating a resist.
I took a photo at this stage as I quite liked it and wasn't sure I wouldn't muck up the next stage. I love the crisp outline the masking gives you.
I then attached an outer mask around the small circle. I used torn paper and a make up sponge to add some contours to the bottom, using chipped sapphire again. I used the straight edge of the copy paper to add a frozen lake, then added a sky and went around the bottom of the circle as well to define it.
The focal point is a skater, from the Clarity Christmas Wee folk stamp set. I used black permanent ink to stamp her in.
Finally, I used a white pen to add snow in the sky.
I edged the piece with the chipped sapphire ink, and mounted on a 6x6 card.
I think the composition of the central image could be improved here, but I love how moody and atmospheric it has come out. It looks quite dimensional as well, almost like a bauble in the card.