Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Pair of Christmas Cards

I am frantically trying to create our Christmas cards for this year--preferably to be ready to send before Christmas! I created these two towards that goal.

For my first card, I used the line image and greeting from this set from Doodle Pantry. I first die cut the main panel from watercolor paper with the largest die from My Favorite Things "Blueprints 15" set. This creates a panel slightly smaller than an A2 card, with a nice faux-stitched edge. After sizing & positioning the image & greeting in Photoshop, I printed them onto the watercolor panel.

I masked the image off with masking fluid, and did a gradated watercolor wash for the sky. When the watercolor had dried, I removed the masking fluid, and colored the image with my Inktense pencils and a damp paintbrush. Then I set that aside to dry thoroughly.

For stars, I used Simon Says Stamp's "Falling Stars" stencil and Golden Light Molding Paste. I positioned the stencil over the panel, and carefully applied the paste, being sure not to cover any of the image or words in the greeting. Then I set the panel aside again to let the paste dry.

I die cut a piece of navy cardstock with the A2 size die from Avery Elle's "Custom Panels" set. I adhered the focal panel to that, and finally mounted it on an A2 card base.

My second card features another Doodle Pantry digital image set, "Blessed Christmas." I die cut a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper using the smaller of Mama Elephant's "Femme Frames" dies. I printed the Bible verse and image from the set onto that. I taped it down to my cutting board that I use for watercoloring, masking off around the faux-stitched edge. I colored the Baby Jesus with Inktense pencils. I was kind of nervous about this, because I'm not used to doing skin tones with those, especially darker skin tones. I experimented on a scrap of watercolor paper before coloring my image, and I think it ended up looking pretty good. I finished the panel by going over the background with a wash of different yellow watercolors.

For the blue mat, I die cut a piece of cardstock with the scalloped frame die from the "Femme Frames" set. I also die cut a piece of gold cardstock from American Crafts with the A2 die in the "Custom Panels" set. I adhered all three panels together, and mounted the completed card front onto a white A2 card base.

I'm entering both cards in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Anything Goes"
Simon Says Stamp's Monday "Holiday Cards"


  1. Wonderful coloring and love the texture of the stars. Thank you so much for playing along with us in the Anything Goes Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week :)

  2. Beautiful cards! Such lovely images!! Wonderful coloring!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  3. What a beautiful night sky! Lovely work. Thank you for sharing your holiday fun with us for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle


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