Saturday, 29 October 2016

Christmas Blessings


Welcome to the weekend.
I am playing with some stamps from Penny Black and feeling happy to have another Christmas card done for the holidays.

For this card, my MISTI was a most helpful tool.  I love to color on my stamps and this tool helps me add layers of color to create a watercolored looking design.

I began by using some Painter's Tape to mask the edges of my paper.  I wanted a nice clean white border left around the stamping.  I positioned  the Penny Black  Cones and Berries stamp inside my MISTI, colored with Memento markers, sprayed with water and stamped.  I repeated that process, layering the colors from light to dark.  When that was dry, I used some Antique Linen Distress Stain to watercolor the background.  By using a lot of water with the stain, I was able to create shadows around my branches.  
The pinecones looked a bit washed out so I painted in some details using white acrylic paint and splattered some over the whole piece to look like snow.
I stamped the sentiment from the Festive Cheer set using black Memento ink.



 Adding my card to these challenges:

Simon Says- ANYTHING GOES

Simply Create Too- CHRISTMAS COLORS



Allsorts Challenge- LET'S MAKE A START ON CHRISTMAS



Have a great weekend and thanks so much for visiting.

Supplies:  stamps- Penny Black/ ink- Memento/ Distress stain/ white acrylic paint/ MISTI/ Memento markers/ paintbrush/ painter's tape/ Mini mister


17 comments:

Mandy Ashley said...

Beautifully designed card! Love all the detail :)

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Karen, how GORGEOUS! I love these pinecones...we have pine trees here in South Florida, but they are not the same without snow (not that I want snow - hehe!). Stunning card, as always, sweet friend! Loved seeing Adam with the HUGE fish! What a handsome guy!! Hugs! xoxo

Susan said...

Beautiful use of that stamp, Karen - love the details from the white acrylic paint.

Diane Jaquay said...

This is so gorgeous, Karen, love the snow covered pine cones and lovely pops of red!

Nancy Stislow said...

I am in awe of the wonderful shadows and highlights you achieved with this method of stamping! What an incredible effect and fabulous contrast! This is gorgeous, Karen!

Bobby said...

Your background is so fabulous, Karen. I'm scared I'll ruin the image if I try it.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wow! You are so talented! I just love this and wish I had that stamp now. I did buy some stickers with a similar design but I feel I will eventually need to have the stamp as well. You are making me always want more Penny Black products. LOL

LaVon Hall said...

One of my favorite card of the 2016 season! Thanks for sharing the details!

Greta said...

You always inspire me, Karen! Stunningly beautiful card--should be framed!

Loll said...

Gorgeous!! LOVE this card Karen. The colours are so beautiful. xx

Bonnie said...

This is gorgeous, my friend! I love the sepia tones that highlight the berries and pine cones so beautifully! Such snowy pine cones! Love them!

Sharyn Polesel said...

This is beautiful! Love the colors and your gorgeous background!

Davi said...

Absolutely Outstanding Karen! I love the sepia tones background and bits of snow :)

Barb said...

Your card is absolutely beautiful Karen and the white acrylic detail on your pine cones looks lovely. Barbxx

Marie B. said...

So beautiful! I love it! :)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What a wonderfully designed card. Wintery perfection.

Evelyn S. said...

So pretty! I saw a card using all the elements and bought the stamps...now to make the cards!