Skater’s Waltz

This picture of my mother- and father-in-law on their Christmas-Eve honeymoon is a family favorite. In fact, my brother-in-law had it framed to give them on their 50th wedding anniversary.

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Anyone acquainted with my in-laws knows easily why we love this picture so much – it captures how fun loving they were – embracing advantures, especially if they were outdoors. So, I just had to share that picture before I show you my next card.

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Such a romantic Christmas card, don't you think?

I was inspired by this card by Ilini Crouse, and tried to use brayer queen Michelle Zindorf's technique here. I can't quite get my brayer to behave the way Michelle does, but it sill gave a fun result. Here's a close up.

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Following Michelle's instructions, I stamped the skater images from the Winter Post stamp set first in black craft ink. Then I embossed it with clear embossing powder. I water colored it with Robin Hood Red, Chocolate chip, Old Olive, and Baha Breeze ink using Blush Blossom and Pretty in Pink ink for the faces. Then, Michelle had me color the whole image again with the Versamark marker, being careful not to go outside the lines. Then I embossed the whole image with clear embossing powder. This makes the water-colored image resist the ink when you run the ink-loaded brayer over the image.

I used a post-it note to mask off the bottom half of the paper before running a brayer over it with Baha Breeze ink. Then I sponged the edges with Not Quite Navy and Night of Navy ink. I sponged just a little Baha Breeze ink onto the white area and, using the Versamark marker again, embossed some Hologram highlight embossing powder into the snow.

Shew -that's a lot to follow. Just head over to Michelle's site (link above) – she's got a great tutorial with a beautiful end result.

Well, with this skater's waltz romance in the air, here's the skating honeymooners on their wedding day, December 23, 1947.

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  1. Hi Linda,
    My heart is just melting…love the photos of your in-laws and your gorgeous card! I just love reading your blog…it is always touching AND entertaining!

  2. Hi Linda,
    Love your card and everything else you create! My husband and I share your parents’ anniversary date, only 30 years later on December 23, 1977. A bit busy but a beautiful time of year for a wedding! TFS.

  3. What a perfect card for the occasion…I love seeing images like this one…Great coloring Linday :)

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