Sunday, November 22, 2015

Inspired CAS

My card for this weekend's Inspiration Challenge is very different for me.

I chose this snowman painted on a wood shutter for my inspiration. I decided to change the colours a bit to get another traditional coloured Christmas card into the stash. I also chose to go clean and simple (CAS) for this card so is was snail-mail friendly.

Colouring on kraft paper is one of my favourite mediums. I used copic markers for the hat and scarf, and I wanted a grainier texture for the snowman to mimic the texture of the wood shutter so I used prismacolor pencils for the white portions. I am quite delighted with the outcome.

Have a lovely day, friends!

stamps: christmas characters (inkadinkadoo)
ink: onyx black versafine (tsukineko)
paper: have a merry christmas (carta bella); kraft, white, kraft dotted swiss, raven (bazzill)
accessories: handwritten holidays dies (sizzix); copic markers; prismacolor markers

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Inspired Christmas Pixie

The Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers each week is one of my favourite challenges. This week, I found this pin on a the IC pintrest board and have used it to inspire my whimsical Christmas card.

I adore this little Christmas Pixie from Tiddly Inks, and I think it might be discontinued. I looked on the website and didn't find it.

The little poinsettia accent is from 5x7 Holly Frame, and I love the dimension it adds to the card. After I cat and embossed the accent, I coloured parts of it using the same copic markers used for the Christmas Pixie.

After the wings were coloured, I went back over them using clear wink of stella pen to add all that sparkle. It's quite wonderful! I used clear wink of stella on the poinsettia as well, and it adds such a special touch. The sentiment banner was cut by hand and then sponged. I think the Hero Arts stamp set I used has also been discontinued.

This colour palette is a favourite of mine. The softness of it is very appealing and is such a lovely change for a Christmas card. Yes, another non-traditional Christmas card.

stamps: christmas pixie (tiddly inks); joy to all (hero arts)
ink: only black versafine (tsukineko); bundled sage, iced spruce distress ink (ranger)
paper: cozy christmas (my mind's eye); horizon, white, smoky (bazzill)
accessories: 5x7 holly frame, lg classic squares (spellbinders); gold pen (marvy/uchida), clear wink of stella (zig); copic markers

Friday, November 13, 2015

Traditional Christmas Colours!

If you read my previous post, you will have learned that I rarely create traditional coloured Christmas cards.

I had a pile of scraps from a card class I taught last year and took a bunch and cut squares from them. I sketched a rough grid on a piece of paper and glued them alternating the direction of the stripe creating a basket weave pattern.

The pieced background is very busy so I cut a simple pierced white frame using Pierced Squares. I wanted a larger center to the frame, so I used Large Classic Squares paired with the pierced squares to create this effect.

I used a sentiment from Doodlebug Christmas (which I think has been discontinued), stamped in Black Onyx ink. I really love versafine ink for acrylic stamps because it has fantastic coverage. I cut and embossed the sentiment using Large Classic Squares die.

I used scor pal tape to adhere the vintage glass glitter - 1/4" around the edge of the card base and outside edge of the white frame, and 1/8" for the inside edge of the white frame. The green silk ribbon is just the icing on the cake!

stamps; christmas (doodlebug)
ink; black onyx versafine (tsukineko)
paper; christmas stripe (unknown), raven, patch, coconut swirl (bazzill)
accessories; pierced squares, lg classic squares (spellbinders), green silk ribbon (may arts), vintage glass glitter (art institute glitter), 1/4" & 1/8" adhesive tape (scor pal)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Colour Challenge Christmas

My youngest daughter was looking through my cards the other day and mentioned that she doesn't like traditional dark red and green Christmas cards. I thought that was interesting, but typical of her as a young teen. More interesting to me was her next comment that she was glad I don't make many traditional Christmas cards. I thought, that just couldn't be until she asked to look at my Splitcoast Gallery and, much to my wandering eyes did appear, Christmas cards done mostly in non-traditional colours combined with traditional image and sentiments.

I saw the colour challenge on Splitcoast this week and immediately thought, 'Christmas card'. *Note to self: my daughter's observation is right and here's another non-traditional coloured Christmas card and I may need to really work on my traditional colour scheme!!

I just got the 'Hello Winter' Collection and 6x6 pad from Echo Park. Love them both! I used the collection plaid for the background and the 6x6 snowflake print for the small panel. I hate to choose between 12x12 and 6x6 print papers, so if I really love the line, I will get both because large scale prints work as well (sometimes better) for cards as the small scale prints. 

I salvaged some sequins from a bottle that one of my foster dogs chewed almost beyond recognition. The bottle was higher up and on a shelf, and he climbed up and got it and my my bottle of black sequins too. I still can't find my white sequins, and for all I know, he's in his new foster home pooping sequins! He was moved, not because of the sequins, but because I am a medical foster home and he had recovered from his major surgery and was ready to be treated like a normal dog and go to his forever home. What a lovely and challenging adventure my foster dogs are!! But that's another story for another day!

I used this Pure Innocence digital image from Etsy. I took a quick peek and didn't find this specific image listed (PI 011), but the shop owner (the original artist) might be able to list it if it is requested...  This sentiment is a lovely image from Lily of the Valley, Christmas Circular Sentiments. I just love round sentiments, and this whole set is a favourite! After I stamped it, I obviously didn't wait long enough for it to dry before colouring it with copic markers. *ugh*

stamps; PI 011 (pure innocence), christmas circular sentiments (lily of the valley)
ink; onyx black versafine (tsukineko)
paper; hello winter (echo park), horizon, front porch, coconut swirl (bazzill)
accessories; lg classic circles, sm classic rectangles (spellbinders), swimming pool sequins (doodlebug), copic markers

Friday, November 6, 2015

Ho Ho Ho

Christmas card production continues. I am again working from images I printed with the intention of colouring and creating with them about 3 years ago. You know, sometimes life derails our best intentions! The challenge on SCS today involves a rut-busting matrix that is uber fantastic and helped me along with this image.

I do love this image (Ho Ho Ho Snowmen) from Sassy Cheryl's. It's a super cute little trio.

I have pulled my colours from this print paper, Figgy Pudding from Basic Grey (discontinued, but still a fave!). The non-traditional mix of sage green, red and ice blue really grab my happy place.

The image is printed to fit 2 3/4" x 6" and I coloured it with pencils and copic markers since so many of the areas in the image are very fine. There are a few places that pesky red bled just a titch into areas I wanted to leave white.

Thanks for popping by sweet friends!

stamps; ho ho ho snowmen digital image (sassy cheryl's)
paper; figgy pudding (basic grey), horizon, coconut swirl, red (bazzill)
accessories; lg long rectangles (disc), white satin ribbon, red grosgrain ribbon (SU!), clear glitter gel pen (sakura), copic markers

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Spellbinders Congratulations! X7

There are times when men need a super special card. I've created this card for the Spellbinders Blog.

I have instructions for this card on the Spellbinders blog, and invite you to check it out for a new way to use your sentiment dies.  Enjoy!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Life is Wonderful

On Splitcoast Stampers this week, the Try a Technique Challenge was to do some Dangle Doodles. I was so excited to take part in this challenge.

It was so much fun! I will be showing more of my doodles in the future. I wanted this project to be more non-seasonal than I've been doing lately so I decided to go with a botanical theme.

I used Copic Multiliner pens to draw my dangling doodles so I could color them with Copic markers without the black ink bleeding.

This sentiment is from from Words of Wisdom by Verve stamps. I doodled and hand wrote the partial frame around the bottom of the main panel, repeating words from the stamped sentiment.

I wanted to add a little special touch, so I used Clear Wink of Stella on the dangling doodle. It is lovely and so subtle. It is so hard to photograph, so you'll just have to trust me.

stamps; words of wisdom (verve)
ink; onyx black versafine (tsukineko)
paper; coconut swirl, horizon, kraft (bazzill)
accessories; E43, YG93, 99, BG72, 78, multiliner pens 0.7, 0.5, 0.2 (copic), clear wink of stella (zig)

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