Penny plain, tuppence coloured: two versions of a snow covered village on Christmas Eve. Now that we’re into November, I hope it’s not too early to share Christmas cards! When I was child, we had a toy theatre from Pollock’s Toy Shop in Covent Garden, London. It was a replica of a popular Victorian toy theatre, which originally came with the option of buying the little paper figures to use in it either in black and white (for a penny), or printed on colour (for tuppence, two pennies). Here we have one stamp shown in two versions, the plain black and white one, and the coloured version.
First up, the totally Clean And Simple black and white version. For this, I simply stamped the image with Brilliance Graphite Black, and added a narrow black mat layer, finishing it off with “Believe” die-cut from silver glitter paper. What child doesn’t want to believe in Santa riding through the sky in his sleigh, as we see here.
And then we have the coloured version. This time I stamped the image in Versamark Onyx Black, because I wasn’t sure if I was going to use a wet medium for colouring it. In fact, I used pencils for colouring the village. The snowy foreground has a light dusting of Perfect Pearls which gives it a lovely shimmer. I used a Spellbinders Labels die to cut it, and sponged round the edges with Iced Spruce. Then I added a flurry of white snow with dots of white acrylic paint, and sparkled up the stars in the village sky with some Stickles. I layered this onto some glitter card, and a snowflake-embossed metallic base. Then I dug deep into my box of Christmas bits and pieces and found a peel-off sticker sentiment to finish the card.