Paula's challenge today is to make a card inspired by a fairytale.
On its surface, this sounds so playful and fun.
But as we, and by we, I mean I, know, fairytales are dark, horrid little nightmares.
I know that the purpose of these awful stories is to keep kids from toddling off into the woods. But really? Telling them a witch is going to cook and eat them? Melodramatic, your table is ready!
I'm scarred by every fairytale my parents ever read to me.
Most of the books that they read to me I went on to read to myself many times. But not these hideous stories. Those books belong in the freezer where they can't get me.
One in particular terrified me. Correction - terrifies me.
It's by that sick, twisted freak Hans Christian Andersen. What in the world happened to this psychopath when he was little?
Anyhoo... I hate to even type the name of it and infect you with its terror, but in order to explain my card, I must.
It's called The Snow Queen. I will not pay for your therapy should you choose to read this. Also, I'm sorry.
The only positive thing I can say about this story is that it had very beautiful and haunting imagery. I pictured the entire book in that deep blue light you get at night in snowy places.
So that's what I used as my inspiration.
The glittery xoxo is NOT for Mr. Andersen. It's because the Snow Queen's kiss is her weapon. *shudder*
I made the background by scraping little pools of yellow, turquoise and white paint around some Whisper White Cardstock with a credit card. Then I stamped the snowflakes from Snowflake Soiree in Versamark and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I used silver glimmer paper and the Labels Thinlits for the greeting. I thought about using "Yay" and then writing "Mr. Anderson is dead" but I thought that might be a little over the top. :)
Please don't read that story.