November is whizzing by and I haven't thought about Christmas pressies but I have been busy making Christmas cards, I've used this reminder of the November Sketch/ Theme challenge over at STAMPlorations to make another for the stash.
What do you think?
This month our theme is-
or like me you could use our sketch like I did.
I did take quite a liberty with the sketch but I still have the oval and the strong vertical!
The technique I used, I found on You Tube here. It's at the end of the video so stick with it!
To start, I die cut an oval from painter's masking tape and placed it on a panel of Mixed Media paper.
I then stamped the evergreen bough from Christmas Bell Medley with Evergreen Bough DI into an area I'd first wet with plain old water. This gives a really soft background for the darker over stamping with Pine Needles DI. Where the paper was still wet the ink bleeds, so you get even more depth, the dryer areas give a sharper impression. A few splashes of watery DI were added to the background at this point. Removing the oval mask, I placed a negative mask and stamped a pattern from the Mixed Media Grunge set in Memento Love Bug, then washed in some more of the same colour after first removing the mask.
On a separate strip of card I repeated the stamp then wash to make my matching strip. I used a fine liner to draw in the hanger and string and stamped the greeting, also from Christmas Bell Medley.
For more incredible inspiration, please check out the main blog where you will also find all the Ts and Cs.
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