Christmas Greetings

Hello everyone. I have been playing with different coloured backgrounds – as mentioned in a previous post – and this one surprised me by how much I like the colours for the background of a Christmas card:

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I did the Distress Oxide blending then cutting out with the MFT Die-namic, flipping the two inner rectangles for colour variation in the background…….and I like the it. Don’t ask me which colours I blended, but I am sure there is a squeezed lemonade in there somewhere………….

I again splattered the background with a sparkle pen – not too many big blotches this time (!) and raised the outer frame on foam pads, the rectangles flat to the card base.

The images are from as mix of stamp sets I have listed and coloured with Crafters Companion Illustrator alcohol markers.

I’m still colouring with them, and still enjoying a small amount of time colouring – but still finding it a chore if I stamp too many images and try to colour them! I find it difficult to walk away if there are un-coloured images – maybe that’s why……………”walk away Lynda – walk away!!” πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

The sentiment is from the new release from Uniko, which was actually too long for the space – so I just masked off one part of it before stamping. Cutting the sentiment up? Oh no thank you very much!! I will have much more use for a long repeating Merry Christmas than yet another small ‘Merry Christmas’ – I have lots of them. (I think!!)

IΒ  thought about putting some shading under the little log cabin – as you can see I didn’t. I thought about putting a sentiment or saying on the North Pole sign – I didn’t.

How about all those thoughts going round my head? I didn’t realise I did so much thinking when crafting…..who knew??? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge anything goes Christmas with option of glitter

Addicted to Stamps and Moremake your mark

ABC Christmas Challenge‘W’ for Wishes and/or ‘X’ for Christmas

Otterly Great Birthday

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Hey there. I hope you are all doing well. I have had some time to try some new products, and to put together this card.

The first product I tried were the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter pens. I have seen the fabulous Sheena Douglass use them as backgrounds so I thought I’d give it a go. What fun it was. These pens are vibrant, lots of colour, lots of sparkle.

I first used them onto dry water-colour card, then used them on my Tim Holtz glass mat and ink smooshed, and also put them onto my glass mat, added water, and used a wet brush. They worked well for all of the techniques I tried, though straight onto dry water-colour card is when you tend to use a lot of ink. I cut the strip to the left of the card from that piece, as I liked the uneven outcome to represent waves – kinda – but they certainly do give an even finish if you want one.

I took two colours of blue from one of the sets, created the backgrounds, and die cut the circles, then used a die from theΒ  MFT ‘Otterly Love You‘ matching die set to create the darker blue waves. These waves are all raised on foam pads, as I wanted the otters to poke a little underneath them.

I did try stamping the otters, pencil colouring them and water-colouring them, but I preferred the way they came out when I stamped and heat embossed in black onto grey card. I thought it looked like too much water-colouring otherwise, and they blended even more into the blue. This way I think they stand out more.

A couple of close-ups:

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Gorgeous sparkle……

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……in both colours. Only two colours used, but I blended them together a little more in one of the circles.

This otter stamp and die set I have had for a while, and ‘found’ again when trying to sort my craft room out, and tidy with my previous Ikea purchases. This sorting is ongoing because I keep finding things I want to play with…..

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Freshly Made Sketchessketch

Color Throwdowncobalt blue, aqua, grey, white

Watercooler challengesmasculine

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challengeuse a die and/or punch