Linking Train from Whimsy Stamps

Here’s one last Christmas card that I made this year using Linking Train and it has quite a story to go with it. I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out but just like life, it’s surprising. Read below for more details on how this card came about using these key products:

Linking Train
Polka Dot Pals Brianna
Polka Dot Pals Uzuri

The Linking Train set is one of my favorites because it can be used all year around and the empty train cars give it “loads” of possibilities. For this project, I started with the train engine and three empty cars. Then I grabbed the accessory stamps from Polka Dot Pals Brianna and Polka Dot Pals Uzuri for two of the cars. The middle one was a Whimsy Stamp’s retreat freebie this year and worked great to complete the theme. I then added the train tracks on the bottom.
Coloring the train went quickly and I stuck with a simple color theme – red and green, gold for accents, and browns and grays for the rest. After it was colored, I added some details with the white gel pen by giving patterns to the presents, ribbon and pie dish; and adding accents to the baubles, candy, berries and scarf.
Next was to tackle the background and I wasn’t sure how I was going to do that… so I posted the unfinished picture on Facebook and asked for suggestions. Most of the suggestions were to keep it simple – maybe some hills or trees and a light sky. But one suggestion cracked me up and I had to go with it…
Annabel suggested: “Station, bedecked with fairy lights. Pop a reindeer/Santa in the cab, have it floating thru the night sky? Delivering gifts? Long line of fir trees covered in snow, occasionally one dressed like a Christmas tree with baubles. Inside of the tunnel it is going thru, with icicles hanging down… Field behind filled with festive sheep and bemused sheep dog?”
I wasn’t sure how I was going to get that ALL in there but I added as many details as I could. The bemused sheep dog is currently behind the pie laughing his ears off at the festive sheep. This was one fun card and the background was just as much fun as the Linking Train. Thanks Annabel for the inspiration. 😉

List of Common Supplies

Whimsy Stamps:
Linking Train
Polka Dot Pals Brianna
Polka Dot Pals Uzuri
Slimline Card Builder Die
Slimline Scallop Peekaboo 1 Die

Copic Markers (train):
B60, C2
R37, 29, 14
YR18, 16, Y17
Y26, 13, 15
E43, 42, 41, 40
E57, 55, 34, 31
E39, 37, 35
N9, 6, 4, 3, 1
E79, 77, 74
G28, 07, 03
BV23

(background):
E50, 51, N0
N1, 2, 3, C2, BV20, B0000, 60, 41, 91, BG10
E70, 71, 74, 77, 79
R14, 37, YG00, 23, Y11, 15

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