Sunday, December 16, 2018

Christmas Card Day


I'm still making my Christmas cards.  I think this is my 3rd year of not buying any Christmas cards and hand making them all.  This one I created with a Simon Says Stamp set called "Christmas Squad".  The set even has a gingerbread man, a cat and a dog with Santa hats on them.  Super cute!  I stamped the couple (in my mind, me and my husband) and then covered them with masking paper and then I stamped the tree.  After watercoloring everything, I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops to the ornaments and while they were still wet, dropped glitter on top.  I'm entering it in the SSS Christmas Card Day challenge.  Merry Christmas!


Friday, December 14, 2018

Watercolor Weekend December 15, 2018

Hello Watercolor Friends,

My card for the Watercolor Weekend Round-up is one of those classic scenes of dragging the Christmas tree home. Hope you recreate it and tag me on Instagram. I will be attempting to explain, step by step, how I make my Art Impressions watercolored cards so your feedback is welcome. I'm certain it took longer to create this post than it did to make my card (haha).  My memory is not so good so I will take pictures along the way.

The first thing I did was create the tree sideways using the 4960 - WC Fir Trees set.  I stamped the trunk in sepia and then stamped all of the branches in pine green. I used water on my brush to dab at the colors just like Bonnie Krebs, owner/creator of Art Impressions does on her YouTube videos.

I had watched Sandy Allnock's video on YouTube where she converted the little kids to be dressed in winter clothes so using the stamp positioner, I inked up the little boy stamp from the 5054 - WC Little Boys Set in sepia but I didn't ink the right side of his shirt so he could be dragging the tree.  I drew in the hand and arm using the sepia fine tip.  Next I used my palette to color the little boy's boots in black, his jacket in sepia and painted his hands in the Prussian blue to make them look like he was wearing mittens.   I didn't ink the brim of his hat either, so I could make it a snow hat instead. I used the olive brown from the palette to paint in a scarf.

I colored the hat in with the olive brown from my palette and used the Prussian blue to color in a hat band and ball of fur on top of it. I colored the boys hair with brown from the palette.  I do believe it's my new favorite color for hair since my red-headed grandson Caide was born.  I used a dab of rosewood on the palette to paint in his face and ear.  I used the fine tip of the Prussian blue pen to add the fringe to the scarf and the outline the mittens, hat band and ball of fur.  I took my olive brown fine tip and drew in the lines on the hat and scarf.

I stamped the house from the 4962 - WC Rustic Cabins Set in Sepia then pulled the color out of the lines.  I used lt. teal on the palette to color in the windows, sepia for the chimney and olive brown for the door, roof and around the windows. I drew in the wreath using the fine tip of the pine green pen and the bow in persimmon. I used the little foliage from 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set to create the little bushes. I softened the green foliage with a wet brush then added the little berries with the fine tip of the persimmon pen. I used a lot of water and small amount of African violet on the palette to create the snow, the smoke from the chimney, and a small amount of sky.  I added Wink of Stella glitter to the snow.  I stamped the sentiment, then I used the Rectangle Double Stitched dies to cut it out and then the largest sized die to cut out the background piece of paper which I adhered to the back of my scene, then I adhered that to the card base.  Lastly, I signed my name and date to the bottom right corner using my favorite pen - a Copic multi liner 0.03 pigment ink.

See the total list of supplies I used below:

4960 - WC Fir Trees Set
5054 - WC Little Boys Set
4962 - WC Rustic Cabins Set
5009 - WC Mini Flower Set

Marvy LePlume II Pens used:
NO. 30 rosewood
NO. 45 sepia

#4 Paint Brush
Watercolor Palette
Wink of Stella glitter pen
Copic multi liner 0.03 pigment ink

I made this on Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock.

Be sure to check out my Art Impressions Watercolor Guest Designer teammates' beautiful work! Tricia Kennedy @Triciadollkennedy and Tricia Obin @Tobin0971 You can find more inspiration by following me on my Instagram account here.


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