Thursday, February 25, 2016

Christmas in February

 It is the 25th of the month and time again for some Christmas fun! I am betting I won't need to rush to finish up any Christmas cards this year if I can manage to keep this up :) I have had most of this card put together for a while, just waiting for the right inspiration to finish it off with main image.

I finally settled on the deer image from In the Meadow from the Occasions Mini. They look so sweet and peaceful. The sentiment is from White Christmas which you can find in the Annual Catalog. The vellum is from the Holiday Mini, but I know you all have plenty of it left ;) I think that the pine boughs and pinecones are the perfect backdrop for these deer. I used a few retired goodies on this card. Perfect use of the stash of stuff in my craft room! The deer are watercolored with different intensities of the same ink. The designer vellum is bigger than the white cardstock it is stitched too, and I love that look. How about you? OK, here are the detailed instructions:
  1. Create a 4¼"x5½" top folding cardbase from Baked Brown Sugar. 
  2. Wipe the inside of the card with an antistatic tool such as the Embossing Buddy. Using Versamark ink, stamp the pine bough and pinecone image down one side of the inside panel. Preheat your heat tool while you sprinkle the on the gold embossing powder and tap off the excess. The hotter the gun, the less warping you will have. Now heat set the powder!
  3. Stamp the second part of the sentiment in Archival Black ink inside the card. 
  4. Cut a 3¾"x5" piece of Whisper White, and a 4"x5¼" piece of Designer Vellum. Lay the vellum on top pf the Whisper White, center it, then stitch together. Adhere to the card front.
  5. Cut a 2¾" square of Watercolor paper. Stamp the deer image and the sentiment in Archival Black ink. I stamped the deer first, then later added the sentiment, but do it however makes sense to you. 
  6. Watercolor the fawn with a light wash of Baked Brown Sugar using an Aqua-painter. I also used a barely damp watercolor paintbrush to move the color around for better control. After the fawn has dried, watercolor the momma deer in a more intense wash of Baked Brown Sugar with the same technique. LET IT DRY.
  7. After it is dry, stitch around the edge. If it is still damp, you will end up with brown fingerprints all over the panel. And then you will have to go back, wet those fingerprints, and hope the color lifts off the watercolor paper. Yeah, that's what happened to me :)
  8. Apply dimensionals  to the back of the image panel and adhere to the card front. 
All done!

I hope you can see the watercoloring on the image better here. It was actually quite easy to do.

Hereyou can see the embossed pine boughs in some glittery gold embossing powder from my stash. And the rest of the sentiment from White Christmas.

How is your Christmas Stash coming along?

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1 comment:

Terstamper said...

Simply beautiful!

Ter ;)


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