Winter is here, so it just makes sense to have a winter challenge. I think winter and automatically I think Christmas. I made a simple card using the Mistletoe digi stamp from Doctor Digi House of Stamps. I coloured the image using Spectrum Noir markers, then added glimmer using Wink of Stella clear. I made three cards, two using the same image size but changed the placement, and the third doing a close-up of the mistletoe.
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Every year I make 130 Christmas cards for the Belmont Long Term Care Home. It is my way of paying it forward for the fabulous care they provided my mother. I love to colour while watch TV so I will stamp numerous images and hand colour them with Copic Markers, Zig Water Colour Brushes, Derwent Inktenses Pencils, or Distress inks. Once I get a number completed, I then sit down and start to assemble my cards. No two cards are the same, While I may use the same image, I colour them differently, use a different card format, different card stock, etc. I also make Fall/Thanksgiving/Halloween, Easter/Spring, Valentine’s Day, Remembrance Day (for the veterans), plus birthday cards. It keeps me busy, and I really enjoy it. I also make cards for myself and friends. I dropped the cards off for distribution on December 1, 2016.
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I took another workshop with Heather Telford in Ottawa. As long as the weather is not too crazy, I hope to continue taking her classes year round. Ottawa is about a 5 hour round trip, but certainly worth the fun and friendship. The cards below I made when I got home. The first series of cards were made using the pine tree from Penny Black’s Woodland Beauty. I masked off the moon and snowbanks, and inked the sky using various Distress Inks and the round distressing tool.
These two cards were made using various Distress Stains on watercolour paper. The snowbanks were created by tearing textured card stock, the trees are from dies by Penny Black called Tall Trees. To finish the card, I splatter white ink on the sky to represent snow.
To create the last two cards I used watercolour paper. I created a mask for the snowbanks. Next using a Misti I stamped the pine tree from Penny Black’s Woodland Beauty three times. Once that was complete, the mask was removed and sky painted using Distress Stains. To finish the card, I splatter white ink on the sky to represent snow.
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This year she hosted a Christmas Card Challenge. There are 9 Crafty ladies in the group so I decided to make Christmas Cards featuring Julie Nutting’s Prima Dolls. Last year, after Christmas, I scored a wonderful store brand set from Shoppers Drug Mart for 90% off. At the time I thought they would make a perfect background for the Prima Doll Stamps. If you are new to my blog you will notice that I try to always change up my cards so I made a different doll card for each person in the group.
I stamped the dolls on Julie Nutting’s Prima Doll paper. I coloured each doll with Copic markers and paper pieced the outfits. I used various Christmas papers from my stash. I also made a card using Priscilla but I didn’t photograph it.
Phoebe Tasha Valentina
Megan Abby Taylor
The challenge this week is a colour challenge. I used a wonderful digi stamp by Sheep Ski Designs called Freesia Vase. I used my Spectrum Noir markers to colour the flowers in reds and yellows, the vase in light blue, and used dark and light blue to frame the images. The great thing about digi stamps is that you can resize them. I created 4 cards all using the same stamp but they are all different. The sentiment die cuts are from MFT.
Card 1 – I used the image as is.
Card 2 – I mirrored the image
Card 3 – I zoomed in on the image and only used part of the vase
Card 4- I zoomed in even further, duplicated the image and rotated to fit the corners
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I entered 2 cards in the SheepSki Designs Facebook challenge this month at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1730005463906336/