A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Chilly Winter Night

AAA Cards Challenge is very appropriate for January:

The most chilled I've ever been is when living in Toronto one year when they had an exceptionally cold winter.  I remember being out late in the evening and how dark and cold it was with large lazy flakes of snow - I was truly "chilled to the bone".  But at the same time, there was something very still and peaceful to that icy air.

I tried to capture that feeling with the background I created for this card:

I made a galaxy background using various Distress oxide inks spritzed with Perfect Pearls spray, and then covered the colours in a rough random fashion with Black Soot ink.  I splattered white acrylic paint on it.

I die cut the little house and trees opening out of a piece of white cs and then trimmed it down with the cross-stitch partial circle.  It's popped up on fun foam for dimension.

Here's a close-up of the galaxy background:

I'd like to do some more galaxy backgrounds - love the way the Oxide colours show through the black.

Stamps - Penny Black sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Cobalt; various blue, various green, and black Distress oxide inks
Paper - mixed media and white cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - Memory Box die, Ali Express cross-stitch die, Perfect Pearls spray, white acrylic paint


  1. your night sky is beautiful Susan, I bet the perfect pearls really give it so much shimmer.

  2. Beautiful card, love your galaxy, colours are fabulous, Cathy x

  3. Your amazing card has inspired me to give these galaxy backgrounds a go. Love how you've used those oxides and what a great effect. Great inspiration too from your chilled out evening in Toronto x

  4. Bleutiful...I mean beautiful night sky, gorgeous card.Thank you for playing at AAA cards

  5. WOW! Just WOW! I've never seen a winter night's sky look so gorgeous, Susan! Adding the black to the color resulted in this amazing piece. The white spatter looks like stars mixed with snow- just such a beautiful effect! LOVE this. I'm keeping the notification in my email so I can easily refer back to it. This is something else!

  6. Stunning Galaxy sky for your die cut Winter village, Susan. Love how you added the cross stitched partial circle framing too. TFS your beauty and your description. Hugs...

  7. Gorgeous winter sky looks simply stunning against the clean white. Love you super CAS design. Thank you for joining us at AAA Cards challenge.

  8. love the look...great card mf...
    xx Karen

  9. A beautiful galaxy background that makes a perfect nighttime, snowy sky, my friend! Love that die that's so perfect with it!

  10. Love that galaxy sky too, Susan. It was fun making those with you and Christine last play day. :) Sweet card. xx

  11. Beautiful winter night sky you’ve created for your card and the sentiment is so apt for this peaceful little scene. Thanks for joining in with the AAA Cards chilled challenge.


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