Thursday, 19 February 2015

Muse #105/Merry Monday #146


I decided to combine this week's Muse challenge and the current Merry Monday challenge:





I used a Santa stamp from Stamps Happen. Not sure about this guy. It's a bit hard to tell what you're looking at!

The interesting thing (to me), is the effect on the sky. I coloured it using grey Stampin' Up Blendabilities markers and then went over it with a lighter grey Copic and got this really mottled look, which I like, but I was pretty surprised that they didn't blend together. Aren't they both alcohol ink?

34 comments:

Darnell J Knauss said...

That Santa is super, Ardy! I'm not sure what I'm looking at, either, but I like it! You're framing is brilliant!! That's interesting about the markers. Hugs, Darnell

Chrissie said...

I think he's kinda cute Ardyth!
Wouldn't mind getting this stamp myself!
Fab card!
Chrissie xx

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

He's an artsy Santa in a CAS card! Superb!

lostinpaper said...

So awesome Ardyth!

Dotty Jo x said...

Lovely! Jo x

Lisa said...

GREAT card Darnell!! Your surprise turnout of the sky looks terrific!!

Mrs Harry said...

He's so cute. But you're right, it could be my Dad and I wouldn't recognise him.

Kristie Goulet said...

Super cute card, Ardyth!!! Love the look of the sky!

Hannelie said...

I love the effect on the BG!
it looks COOL!

Pam said...

That sky looks very cool. Love your card.

Brandi said...

This turned out so cute. I just bought the blendabilities markers and can't wait to use them!

Happy Dance said...

Love how you've colored this card. And my Copics don't blend well with the KAISERfusion or Promarker markers I have either...Go figure. I do like how your sky turned out though. I'm still thinking about the Santa, though. I do like how you've encapsulated him in the reds and whites. That gray is perfect! Stay warm my friend. Bev

I Card Everyone said...

It might be just me, but Ardyth, I would just say "look at that sky - isn't it fab?" 'cuz it is!
So is this Santa!! Darling card..
=] Michele

Julia Aston said...

a great card for both challenges Ardyth! I'd say his furry trimmed hat is pulled down over his eyes AND that he's looking up??!! cute regardless! maybe the pens didn't blend because of the paper you were using? I know they always talk about which papers are best to use with Copics.. and that some don't work well - ???

Brenda said...

Your Santa is kinda cute, although I'm not sure what I'm looking at on some of him either. lol Your sky is really cool looking, but like you I would have thought they would have blended together since they are both alcohol inks, so that is weird to me. Must be a difference in some alcohol I guess. Anyway, I love how you have this all framed out! Hugs, Brenda

Shelly said...

Love this!

Shelia said...

Adorable Santa image & you've colored it perfectly!!

Bonnie said...

Wow! I love this Santa and all the red! Did I say that I liked all that red? Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

Geri said...

Nice surprise with the markers - I love the effect! You may have just stumbled upon a new technique! I love this quirky Santa! At the least, we know he has a nose! Awesome border/frames!

Michelle said...

This card is AWESOME, Ardyth. I love that Santa. I'm surprised that the blendabilities and Copics didn't blend, too. I haven't had that happen, and I'm pretty sure I've used both together previously. I like the effect, though. :-)

fabiola jaques said...

super sympa, et si fun, biz

Kim Heggins said...

This is one fabulous Santa...just so fabulous. Love it!

Marcia HIll said...

Oh he definitely looks like Santa to me and I love the look you got from the blendabilities and Copic markers...it really makes all the red "pop"! Great card Ardyth!

Susan Joyce said...

Stunning, I love your CAS design and your Santa is fabulous. Thanks for joining my Santa challenge at Merry Monday.

conil said...

Perfect. Love the simplicity and festive colors. Winner, winner.

Sazzle Dazzle said...

I love this cheery image Ardyth and so striking in the red and white layout. Great challenge combo card. Sarah x

Kath said...

A fab card and I love the Santa stamp.
Kath x

Karren said...

I love this image and the fact you've framed him so boldly makes him really stand out! Thanks so much for joining us at Merry Monday.

Claire Broadwater said...

Ardyth, I just love your card! The Santa is great and the framing is so bold! XX

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

You are so right. Impossible to tell what you are looking at, but it surely looks great! Love the grey...

Anita in France said...

I'm thinking this cute Santa is looking up at your amazing snowy sky, Ardyth ... he's fabulous! Anita :)

Jen W. said...

I think it's a fun Santa image - who doesn't want to see what's going on up Santa's nose?? LOL! Seriously though love the red and white frames and that mottled sky is very cool.

wienerhoneymooners said...

So AMAZING!!! Loved this. Cant wait to see you guest Ardyth!!

HUGS
Kimberly

Chriss Blagrave said...

Amazing and artsy Santa ! Love!
Congrats on your well deserved win :)