#908 – A Merry and Bright Snowfall Scenery

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Hello and welcome! Just a month till Christmas,

and I am finally posting a Christmas card! Its for the new challenge we have up a the Tic Tac Toe challenge. Following the November theme of ‘Seasonal/Holiday’ elements, we have a new board, created by Betty Keefe, for you to work with –

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I chose the last row of Stars-Metallic-Snow. And here’s what I made –

Merry & Bright

I started with handmade watercolor paper from CrafTangles. This is the first time I am using this particular paper, so I had no idea how it would behave. Its particularly thick too.

So, anyway, without going too much into the performance of the paper… I first stamped all the images on the paper. The images are actually only two thought – the snowman from Purple Onion Designs called ‘Snow – Snowman with Broom’ and the fence + trees in the background, from Purple Onion Designs too, called Farm Horizon. I drew the stones and the frozen lake beside the snowman myself.

Merry & Bright (closeup 1)

I then watercolored the piece using Gansai Tambi watercolors. Once the watercoloring had dried, I splattered the ‘snow’ using white pigment ink. I also wanted a few stars on the scene. I stamped them from the stamp set Rustic Christmas from Lil Inker Designs, watercolored and cut them out, and adhered them on the scene.

Merry & Bright (closeup 2)

Next came the sentiment. I die cut a couple of pieces using Winnie & Walter In a Word: Merry die. I then adhered red foil on a scrap piece of cardstock and die cut that also using the same die. I then stacked the pieces together.

I also heat embossed the words ‘& Bright’ from Paper Trey Ink Grand Ampersand stamp set in silver embossing powder on a strip of vellum. This, I cut out, and adhered it along with the die cut piece on the card.

At this point, I felt that the rest of the stamping was lacking depth, so went over the whole thing again with my Uniball fine liner pen.

And that’s how the card came about! I’m joining the following challenges with this card –

Virginia’s Show and Shave November challenge (“Christmas” and/or “Hand-stitching”)

Virginia's Show and Share

CrafTangles November challenge: Festive Projects

monthly challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #299: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Bastel Traum challenge #95: Winter

Checkout the Tic Tac Toe challenge blog for more wonderful inspiration from the rest of the Design Team!

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#905 – You Melt My Heart!

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up at the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge, and the board this time is from yours truly!

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I chose the first column – Plaid, Snow and Critter. And here’s what I made –

You Melt My Heart

This one’s on you, Rahmat, for inspiring me to pick up my pencils again! 😀

I started with the critter and the tree. The cute little foxie is from My Favorite Things Friendly Foxes. I modified the image a bit to make it look like the fox has a scarf wrapped around it’s neck instead of the tie that it originally had. For the tree.. yeah, I don’t have any stamps which matched the tree I had in mind, so I put my drawing skills into practice and drew one instead. I used Uniball Fineliner pens to outline it. I then used color pencils from Faber Castell Polychromos to color both the images.

Somehow, my lighting direction altered when I was coloring the fox. And there’s no direction at all on the tree…sigh.. my pencil coloring skills need some polish!! But, I am definitely gonna work on it! 🙂

You Melt My Heart (closeup)

For the background, I blended in some distress inks, sprinkled some water on it for the snow and trimmed the piece to size. I also die cut two pieces of snowy ground using the My Favorite Things Stitched Snowdrift dies. For the background, I used kraft cardstock, on which I stamped some dark brown ink using the Impression Obsession Gingham background stamp.

While arranging the pieces, I found it to be a bit empty. So I drew two presents, colored them using the same pencils, fussy cut them and added them to the card. Finally I stamped the sentiment, from Paper Smooches Winter Sampler, on the card, choosing a red ink for the heart and black for the rest of the sentiment.

Hope you enjoyed this card! For more inspiration checkout the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge blog, where you’ll find some awesome cards made by the DT!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#845 – Merry Christmas Shadow Card

Hello and welcome! This is the last one in the series of Christmas cards I made to send out to friends. This one, I planned to make a shadow card, and I am quite happy with it, for being the very first attempt at it!

Merry Christmas (Shadow Box Card)

I first colored the critters I wanted to use inside this card (see below). The images are Purple Onion Designs Puddles and from My Favorite Things Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes stamp which I modified a bit to make them look Christmas-y. I stamped them on watercolor paper and colored them using Zig Brush pens. I also hand drew the christmas tree, since I didn’t have a stamp for that and colored it too. I then fussy cut them all out and set them aside.

For the card front, I picked a white cardstock panel, then colored it using distress oxide ink. I then splattered it with water and once dry, splattered it again with white paint and Unicorn paint from Prima (its a beautiful golden silver sheen!!). I also added a few more dots of glitter using a glitter pen.

Merry Christmas (closeup)

Finally, coming to the inside of the card. I followed the tutorial by Jennifer McGuire here. I colored the inside background using more distress oxide ink and then splattered it with water and then the Unicorn paint. The star banner in the background came from Reverse Confetti Star Garland die. I die cut a couple of pieces, drew the stars on top, then colored them.

Before adhering the pieces on the card, I added glitter on the white parts of the critters’ caps, the present, the baubles and the stars. I also added glossy accents on the baubles and stars and let it dry completely. Finally I adhered all the pieces together.

Merry Christmas (Shadow Box Card - Inside)

At this point, I realized I didn’t have any sentiment inside, although I had planned to add something. So I used the sentiment from Neat & Tangled Scandinavian Prints Christmas stamp and stamped it on the bottom of the window.

The sentiment on the front of the card is from Stamplorations, called Merry Christmas. I cut out a few pieces using white cardstock, and the top one using gold mirror cardstock. I adhered the pieces together by stacking them. To finish the top of the card, I adhered the panel I created earlier directly on the white card base and then adhered the sentiment on top.

I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp: Christmas Card Day

Christmas Card Day

Happy Little Stampers December Christmas challenge: Anything Goes with optional Candy Cane (I haven’t used the candy cane)

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Party Time

SSS - Monday Challenge

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

#844 – Christmas Poinsettia

Hello and welcome! Time for another Christmas card!! This time, the focus is on the poinsettias. The red of the poinsettias against a white (or, in this card, a cream) background is just fantastic! The red looks absolutely dashing! 🙂

Merry Christmas Poinsettia

I first die cut the top and bottom pieces using the My Favorite Things Stitched Scallop Basic Edges dies. Then, on the card base, I drew the outline of the two pieces using a pencil and set the pieces aside. I then die cut a bunch of the poinsettia leaves using the Simon Says Stamp Poinsettia Cluster die using the same cardstock. I then adhered all the pieces, flat on the card base, taking care not to go much beyond the pencil markings.

Merry Christmas Poinsettia (closeup)

Next came the sentiment. I used Paper Trey Ink ‘Tis The Season stamp. I first stamped the upper half in red ink, then stamped both using Versamark watermark ink, and heat embossed the bottom half using platinum embossing powder, and the top using clear embossing powder. I repeated this a couple more times to give it a bit more dimension. I then foam mounted the top and bottom pieces on the card. Finally I adhered the poinsettias, which are from Itsy Bitsy, on the card. For embellishing, I added half pearls on the centers of all the poinsettias and added silver glitter shine on the poinsettias.

I am joining the following challenges –

The Flower challenge #39: Use a Die

Inkspirational challenge #202: No Stamping (I have stamped for heat embossing the sentiment, so if this doesn’t count, please take my entry off!)

Happy Little Stampers: December Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Just us Girls challenge #516: Anything Goes

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Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

#843 – Sending Christmas Greetings

Hello and welcome! This post features the second Christmas card I made to send out to a friend. 🙂

Holiday Greetings (Shaker Card)

This time I made it a shaker card. The background is another print from the CrafTangles Elements pack, Christmas Animals. I lightly watercolored it a bit using distress inks, since the white background was looking a bit too bright in white. I also added glitter on the elephant’s and rabbit’s caps’ white bits and the baubles and star on the Christmas tree. I also added glossy accents on the baubles and star on the Christmas tree. I let it dry completely before proceeding further with the card. I also adhered a few pieces of silver star sequins on the tree and here and there on the piece.

To make the shaker, I used Moss Green cardstock from CrafTangles to cut out a window frame. I used a white card base, adhered the cut out ‘Elements‘ picture, added a few shaker elements and then adhered the window frame, to which I had already stuck a clear plastic sheet.

Holiday Greetings (closeup)

For the sentiment, I die-cut a few pieces of Simon Says Stampers Sending die. For the top most piece, I first heat embossed in silver the scrap piece of cardstock that I was going to die cut. After heat embossing a couple of times to get a good coverage, I then die cut it, and adhered all the pieces together. The stamped piece of the sentiment is from Winnie & Walter Wishing You stamp set. I then adhered them both on the card using double sided red tape.

At this point, I felt that the white of the cardstock was too bright, compared to what I could see from the window. So I colored it the same colors as the shaker panel, lightly. And finally I was done. 🙂

Joining the following challenges with this card –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Interactive Christmas

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Christmas Card Day

Christmas Card Day

Just us Girls challenge #516: Anything Goes

CrafTangles Monthly challenge #12: December challenge: Christmas

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