It's certainly a cold one this morning. Definitely one of those days when I'm glad I work from home and there is no car windscreen to defrost!
The card I've just finished making for this post is surprisingly appropriate as it features an image from the fabulous Pollyanna Pickering 'Snow & Ice' collection which was recently brought out by Creative Crafting World one of my favourite craft companies.
Pollyanna Pickering is one of the world's leading wildlife artists, also well-known for her conservation work. Pollyanna is incredibly generous in letting us crafters loose on her artwork which means we can make some incredible cards. The Snow & Ice range, especially the DVD-Rom, is literally packed with fantastic images of animals from cold climes including penguins, polar bears, tigers, wolves and pandas. What makes the images even more special is that Pollyanna travels all over the world to view these animals in their natural habitat and then paints them from her field sketches when she returns home.
She has some amazing stories to tell, including about the time she had to sit in a cage with a hungry polar bear prowling around outside so she could sketch it in relative safety! If you'd like to find out more about Pollyanna and see some of her fantastic paintings online, go to her website at http://www.pollyannapickering.co.uk
I decided that such special artwork deserved a special card design so I went for something a bit more 3D than usual. It's actually just a middle-stepper card turned on its side but the effect is very pleasing, especially if you put it near a table-lamp so that the light shines through the apertures. The image of the tiger cub being carried by its mother is actually an insert but it was too beautiful to hide away inside the card so I used it on the front instead. All the other bits of paper came from the same sheet and then I just added some die-cut embellishments from gold mirror card and a few gems. As the lovely Lynda Chapman from CCW is always saying, with artwork this good, you don't really need much else.
Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2014