Red Poinsettia

I wanted to play along with the Cupcake Inspired Challenge and they were asking for Red+White+Cream. I did not have enough red pp to cut my single stamp of this poinsettia into four layers, so I made my own by using red water color on misc. pp. After I stamped the image on each page I fussy cut, then stacked each color. Adding perfect pearls shimmer spray and white splatter tied them back together. Adding shadow in black color pencil with water brush to fade was fun. Sentiment was created on Silhouette and cut. BG cream was dry embossed and then added Silhouette cut frame then image then sentiment. All is mounted on white cs base.

Image of the stamp used with the pp. The bottom three are leftovers and the top scrap piece shows the cream and peach color that was changed with red water color.

The idea of combing hugs and hello was a way to send a note to friends without being too holiday specific. Email me if you want the svg of this sentiment. Or use this jpg if you want.

Also entering this in Cut It Up: Holiday Cards

Aurore Boreales

This was not the direction I had set out for. The bg is white text vellum with shimmer water color paints added then sprayed paper with water to soaking wet to let the colors collide. I thought the effect would be very soft colors with shimmer. They do shimmer but turned out very bold. I let to paper dry on the craft station over night then stamped the trees. The focal tree was first stamped in black but it was not a good stamping, so I re-inked the stamp in dark green and re-stamped. This turned out very cool so I went in with black marker and added limbs and then a fan brush with white acrylic added the snow. Finished off the bg with black and white splatter and trimmed to size. Sponged on some gray with paper mask for rolling hills. Ran the piece through embossing machine with a piece of wall paper to get the rough linen look. Mounted this on white cs base after rubbing edges with black ink pad. Snowflakes are Silhouette cut in white cs and the sentiment was stamped on acrylic then heat set in gold. I hand trimmed the piece and mounted on b&w strip of pp then attached.

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Kid in all of us

The good gal at Kit & Clowder is offering an Advent Calendar of Giveaways. This precious little girl is the first giveaway from All Dressed Up (new digi company to me). I printed her on white text vellum then colored with water colors and water color pencils. BG is white text vellum rubbed with red and green chalk, then embossing pad dabbed through snowflake stencil with the red chalk rubbed on wet clear ink once stencil was removed. Placed the stencil back down but slightly offset and sprayed gold shimmer spray. Tag was Silhouette cut on white cs then stamped in black for sentiment. Sponged edges with green ink then mounted. Mounted all on white cs base.

Tip: With all the holiday sales and special offers, try to resist the temptation to click the buy button. Think of what you already have and get creative. In this project I used my perfect pearls and colorburst in a water color tray to create the shimmer paints used in her hair, the star and her dress. Do use the opportunity to save if there are basics or tools that are needed. Great time to stock up on glue, tape, paper or glass mat.

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Hand Stamped: Two Greens and Red My water color red went to a kind of pink

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Santa and his reindeer

To the white text vellum I painted a thin coat of blue acrylic paint. Once dry I smeared on distress glaze with my finger in certain areas where I thought clouds would be. Used brayer to layer on black acrylic paint. Once that was dry I used a damp rag to remove the black so the blue would show through. Next, I added the Santa stencil with platinum modeling paste, stars stencil with versa mark and heat set tinsel embossing powder, then splatters in gold and white, and sponged swirls stencil with blue paint, allowing to dry between each step. The sentiment is Silhouette cut in white cs and adhered with glue dot runner. Used white gel pen to add dot-dash boarder and highlights. Mounted on b&w plaid pp that is on white cs base.

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Color Pencils Play

I know I will be needing holiday thank you cards so I got started with this one. The bg is white text vellum with a circular piece of clear plastic for a focal mask, just placed in the center. I then sprayed the paper with water to wet then dabs of water color added in buckskin, green and blue allowing the colors to run into each other and slightly under plastic mask. Once dry I heat embossed in gold the focal ornament stamp. Using my colored pencils and water brush I colored it up adding shimmer paint in matching colors. Once dry I masked it off and stamped the evergreen boughs and splatter. Sentiment thanks was cut on the Silhouette in white cs then heat set twice in gold. Trimmed to 4×5 3/4 and run a sharpie along the edges. Mounted on white cs base.

I am loving the ethereal effect of the water color bg. I will be using this technique again with different mediums. It is so cool how the plastic only buffers the colors allowing some to ooze under preventing a sharp edge. Plus it is a great way to re-cycle some of the thin plastic wrap almost everything is packaged in right now. Can not wait to see what color burst does?

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Inspired By: Color Challenge I was really drawn to the buckskin, blues and green in the photo

TTTC: Gingerbread+Holiday+Sparkle My gingerbread is in the color of the cookies used in the bg and this is tons of sparkle because the image and sentiment are gold plus the splatter is gold. I even top coated the image with matching shimmer paint.