Thursday, 31 December 2015
My last 2015 Christmas Card ...
Hello my lovelies I hope you had a lovely Christmas, I can’t believe its New Years Eve already!
Before sharing my card I want to give a shout out to some awesome artists who just happen to be very nice too. I decided to do this because these ladies have inspired me so much that I wanted to try out a different style of card. What I have created is nowhere near as beautiful as their art but each one of them has inspired me so my huge thanks to Pamellia, Niki, Cec, Georgie C, Sara, Kelly for sharing your gorgeous creations and for answering my questions and encouraging me along the way too. Your art is different from each other’s and I think I managed to capture a little of each of you. This card and the one I created for my mum which is here.
I also want to thank my friend Sarn. When I shared some of my progress of learning to draw earlier this year she became my Cheering Squad. Your friendship, cheering and positivity has meant more than you know dear lady. You helped me to dig myself out from a very deep and dark hole and stopped me from giving up: thank you, thank you, thank you!
I will try to share some of what I have been drawing soon with you all, let’s just say I’m no Monet or Van Gough but I can draw. I have the card I created for my brother and Bethan to share with you today and here it is …
A large card for a change, 8" square approximately 20 cm
Created for me and luckily fits these Challenges
Crafty Cardmakers & More Challenge #154 Snow
Deep Ocean Challenge #119 Anything Goes
Fashionable Stamping Challenge #106 Make Your Own Background
Frilly & Funkie Challenge
Pixie’s Snippets Playground Challenge #208 & 209
Sweet Stamps Challenge December Anything Goes
The Artistic Stamper Challenge Christmas
Winter Wonderland Challenge Christmas Bingo: Snowflakes; Glitter; Pearls
WOW Embossing Powder Challenge Anything Goes
Normally I have in mind what I want to create; however, this card evolved a lot as I created it. I wanted to create the background in purple (Bethan’s favourite colour). So I stamped the snowflakes from one of my Sheena Douglass set of stamps onto an A4 sheet of card, added clear detail EP and heated the powder. I used the purple from the Spectrum Noir Beautifully Grunge AquaTints, watered down a little and coloured the white card. I really do love these beautifully rich paints I do lol!!!
Once that was done and put to one side to dry I needed to figure out what else I wanted to do, lol, because I was still not sure what I wanted or how I wanted it to look! I ferreted through my Christmas embellishments and flower stash and retrieved die cuts, lilac/lavender flowers, twirly beaded thingy, berries and other bits and bobs. The embossed panel is an old (Craftwork Cards) frame from my Christmas box. I decided to colour some of the snowflake flowers with neat purple AquaTints. I stamped, added clear EP and heat emboss the large and small poinsettia stamp onto white vellum and fussy cut them out.
This was when I finally realised I wanted to keep the card mainly purple and white. I had a lot of black with a pink gem in the middle Petaloo flowers that I wanted to use up but I don’t use much black so I changed their colour by painting with white gesso. I added clear glitter to the black flowers and they have a lovely sparkle lol! I also added a little white gesso to some of the other flowers and berries and added glitter to some of them, though not all, that’s a change for me, lol, I am heavy handed with glitter because I’m trying to use all of my loose glitter.
I moved around all the separate elements until I came up with a layout and look that I really liked. One of the last steps was to die cut a sentiment from card I had coloured purple. I attached it to the frame and added Stickles to it. Silver sequins here and there and I was finished. One of the things I’ve really been worried about was if my family would like the shabby chic style finished cards (my mum’s one is here). I needn’t have worried both mum, brother and Bethan loved them: I am very happy to say that they’ve no idea how much work goes into creating these fussy cards but they sure did love the Christmas cards I created this year lol! You will be seeing more shabby style and clean and simple cards: I love to do both and both of them really stretch me and my skills: YAY!!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon and I also want to wish you all a very and prosperous 2016 New Year: love you all!!! ttfn Karen x
Sheena Douglass A5 A Little Bit Scenic: Ornate Snowflake stamp set
Premium Art Brands: Perfect Poinsettia stamp set
Paintbrushes; heat gun; pot of water
Crafter’s Companion: A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents
Crafter’s Companion: Craft
cards and envelopes UK
White card snippets coloured purple; Parchment snippets
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge
Versamark IP; WOW Clear Detail EP
Wild Orchid Crafts: Spiral Stamens; Chrysanthemums; Stamens; Rose Leaves
Prima Wood Icons box set: flower coloured with white gesso and AT
Ebay: silver sequins
Challenge prizes: Round metal filigree embellishment; Flat Backed Pearls; Flower Shaped Flat Backed Pearls (no shop name)
Craftwork Cards: dry embossed frame #; Petaloo black flowers #; Brad #; Glitter: clear and lavender #; Stickles #
Crafter’s Companion: Collall all purpose glue; double sided tape
# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 8 years old