Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Things That Matter Most...



Over on Sunday Stampers the challenge this week is to use snowmen.

I chose this little character, 'Snowman', by Daniel Torrente at Stampotique Originals and gave him a heart to hold (the stamp image doesnt have a heart on a string, but I thought once I'd found the right rub on phrase to use (Hold tightly to the things that matter most), he needed to be holding something at least). I couldnt decide between the two photos as one showed the sparkle nicely, the other was a front shot, so I've shown both lol





I created a splashy background from Glimmermists being sprayed onto plastic sheeting then 'mopping' up the colour onto cardstock. I stamped the snowman in black Memento and coloured what I felt needed to be shaded areas in with Copic markers. I drew the heart and string in a non bleed fineline pen then attached ribbon to finish.

I think it always helps 'fix' images to their surroundings if they appear to be actually sitting or standing on a surface and not floating, so I also drew a shadow under the snowman echoing his arms.

As always seems to be the case, the photos look better enlarged, so if you need to see any detail at all, please click on the photos.

Stampotique Originals stamps are available from Carol at Stampotique Originals in the USA or Moira at Happy Daze here in the UK.

Hope you like him...thankyou for visiting x

31 comments:

flutterbycrafter said...

Wow Jo, these are fantastic, love the splashy background and the finishing touch of the heart, beautiful

Linda Elbourne said...

What a fabulous card ... love that background and the heART is an inspired idea ... beautiful!

joanne wardle said...

love love love this!
it's the finishing touches you do that show how well you really understand art and drawing, and leaves me open jawed!
if it's so simple why can't I do it??

Paula said...

lol have to agree with Joanne...just wish I had a smidge of your talent.
Just 'adore' everything about this card.Simply Perfect!

alcoholinky said...

I'll third that! LOL

Julie said...

Beautiful card, Jo! Love the glimmer & sparkle, and what a great sentiment--wonderful!

Lynn Stevens said...

Jo I Love your grungy little snowman! your text and heart really make it extra special. I really like how you grounded him as well.

angelwhispers Chanelle said...

Love it Jo!! the stampotique stamps are fantastic xx

Kim Piggott said...

Wow!
Simply wow!
I can't get my jaw off the floor at the moment. Love how you have added that heart so perfect! Also, that shadow is just brilliant works beautifully!
Nope still can't move that jaw!
hugs
kim x
ps copics what is this copics!

Carmen said...

It's all the finishing touches. Just wow and wow again. He's so sad... I love him!

Karin said...

Wow what a fab snowman! Gorgeous card Jo.

Sandy said...

Wow what a stunning cad.
Amazing and brilliant work.

Joanne said...

He is so lovely, a little sad maybe, but so realistic.

Marilyn Rock said...

Love this! The snowman is awesome and I love his expression. Love the heart, too!

jacksjunk said...

Love your originality so much

ScrappyDandyDoo said...

oooo lovely Jo :D

kathj said...

love this stamp, such an effective arty card love it!

Lottie said...

Absolutely stunning - and adorable - you just want to pick him up and give him (a cold) cuddle

Audrey said...

absolutely fabulous card Jo - the background is so perfect for the image!

Carrie said...

Love love love this card - I want to hug the snowman - actually I want to buy the stamp and copy your card to send to everyone lol.

Hels said...

Cool card :O)) Love the style of this one and the sentiment is perfect...thanks for playing on the Sunday Stamper...soz I am late in posting a comment...been away all week getting inky ! Hels x

Carol said...

Jo,
As ALWAYS, thank you for doing such great work with our stamps. I LOVE the wee heart that you drew!
It fits so perfectly! And the sparkles...I'm all about sparkles!

Amy said...

what a cool snowman..I adore him!!Very cute

Minxy said...

Awesome card, love the image.. love the background.. in fact just love everything about it :)

Kay said...

Oh wow! This just grabs you and makes you feel about a hundred different things! So adorable and heart rending and..... just everything!

glitterangel said...

Love this card - what a fab design, and the heart idea is so clever (and so sweet!)

Paula said...

Totally love this card. Those stamps are so cool & I look rather a lot like that snowman at the moment!!

Andrea said...

brilliant, love the snowman stamp x

Jayne C said...

This is really lovely...I love the little heart, it's 'just right'!!

Shar said...

Your snowman and background are just perfect! Love it!

Ellie Knol said...

This is so stunning, I really like the background as well.