Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sweet Cocoa Merry Christmas

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is having a special Design Team Christmas blog hop & challenge. The challenge part is to make a Christmas card. I decided to use their "Sweet Cocoa" digital image, paired with a greeting from this Hero Arts set.

After choosing the following Operation Write Home sketch, I sized Cocoa in Photoshop and printed him on a 3.75x3.25" piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper.

OWH Sketch #223

I colored the image with Inktense pencils, using damp paintbrushes to blend the colors out. After that dried (which renders the color permanent), I went over the candy cane & the red doo-dads on the cup with my clear Wink of Stella brush marker, to give them a bit of sparkle.

I stamped the greeting with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto another piece of watercolor paper, so my white paper pieces would match. Much to my delight, I managed to stamp the greeting straight & centered on the first try! :)

After matting the watercolor paper pieces on mint green cardstock, cut 1/16" larger on all sides, I adhered them to a piece of patterned paper from my scrap stash. I thought the retro-style snowflakes in the paper mimicked the ones in the cup. Finally, I adhered the card front to a white A2 card base, which finished off this card. I will be sending this one to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:


  1. very cute. what a sweet little mouse.

  2. Such a sweet holiday card Andrea. Love the darling image and the colors. The DP looks great. Thank you for playing along with us in our Christmas Challenge at SNSS.

  3. This is just adorable and you have used one of my favorite Cocoa stamps sets! Thanks for joining in the SNSS Christmas challenge.

  4. Love your beautiful holiday card. The image is so adorable. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  5. This is an adorable card - colored beautifully and I love the design. I caught your card on the SAS4Kids site, and if this is going to a child, he or she will be thrilled with it - sure to bring on a smile !!

  6. So very cute! Wonderful coloring! Thanks for sharing with SNSS!


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