Ruth’s Holiday Card

It’s holiday time again and we ran a holiday card exchange with members from the Felting and Fiber Studio Forum again this year. People signed up a little over a month ago. I ran the names through a random name generator gave everyone their partners name and by now all the card should be mailed. I got Ruth this year.   I usually just do one card but I hedged my bets and made 2 this year.

Here is how I made it. I started with 2 layers of white prefelt. I added the sky and then the snow.

Then I used some darkish green prefelt to cut out triangles for the background trees. And some light gray to add some shading so the snow wasn’t flat.

Then I added the foreground trees using some blue faced Lester curls fluffed out. The one on the left is the one that ended up as  Ruth’s.

And some silk for the clouds.

This is what they looked like felted but still wet. They are very lightly felted. I had planned on felting them more but I liked them as they were and didn’t want to distort them.

Then I added more curls to fill out the trees and to make them stand out from the background. I tried to make them all a little darker on the right side. Then some snow. The snow did 2 things: first, it added some nice high lights but it also made the branches look like the go side to side and not up and down. I added the locks up and down and it was noticeable.

I decided the silk was too shiny for clouds and covered them in a very thin layer of the light gray wool.

I liked the picture but it was lacking something so I added some French knot sheep. They were tricky to do because the felt was not firm at all. The thread didn’t want to stay where I wanted it but pull over or sink in. If I had been thinking I would have put some stabilizer behind it.

I needed to make it into a card. I chose to do a postcard. I made one up to the right size on my computer following the basic template. I used iron-on facing to glue the card to the back of the felt.

I trimmed it and popped it in an envelope and sent it on its way to Montana. I crossed my fingers it would get there in time. We were having rotating postal strikes in here in Canada. Fortunately, the postal gods were smiling on it and it did make it there in about 2 weeks. I still need to add some sheep or something to the other picture. I do not know what I will do with it. I may just frame it.

 

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21 Responses to Ruth’s Holiday Card

  1. annielynrosie says:

    Beautiful Christmas card Ann – and a lovely process explanation. There’s an amazing depth to this – it feels as if you could walk through the trees to say hello to the sheep!

  2. Lise G says:

    Lovely card! Beautiful winter scene. Merry Christmas!

  3. ruthlane says:

    Thanks for the beautiful card again Ann. And thanks for the explanation. I love the sheep, glad you put in that extra effort. Merry Christmas!

  4. Great cards Ann! I really love the trees. I feel I could touch them and feel the fir and snow. Thnaks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

  5. zedster66 says:

    Wow, that’s gorgeous, Ann 🙂 Love the sheep!

  6. tracey2008 says:

    A snowy wonderland, lovely. Merry Christmas Ann to you, here’s to a creative 2019.

  7. Denice says:

    Hi Ruth, This is Denice from Sacramento, Ca. Thank you for sharing your card. It is beautiful! Also, thanks for sharing how you made it. I will be sure to make a card for next time now that I know how it is done.

  8. Love the card Ann, and particularly the sheep. I’ve just been out in the wilds today on single track roads with sheep lazily walking in front of the car, so seeing your sheep and how you created the pictures is very timely.
    Have a happy festive time.

  9. jan says:

    Thanks Ann vary inspirational! i have 2 under way and one more to do before tomorrow! better get back to felting! Have a Grate Xmasss!!!

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