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.
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Hi Julie this is a stunning Christmas I love the design. Take care. Hugs JackieReplyDelete
This is fantastic Julie, the fir tree looks incredible and the bauble is brilliant xxReplyDelete
Julie, I love the background for your ornament. Such a wonderful use of the colors. So glad you joined us this week at the Paper PlayersReplyDelete
So pretty Julie! I love the pop of red in your ornament. Thanks for playing along at The Paper Players!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous watercolored stamped Pine boughs and very creative masked and stamped oval to create your own beautiful ornament. Love how your strip along the left edge pulls everything together. TFS Julie and joining us at CAS Mix Up. Hugs, nancyReplyDelete
LOVE this beautiful Christmas card Jules. Those branches are so pretty. Thanks for the tip on creating a soft background with more detail stamped over top. Creates a great backdrop for your beautiful ornament. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xxReplyDelete
You have done an awesome job of masking and that fantastic ornament, Julie! And I love the watercolored pine branches! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!ReplyDelete
I bet this was fun to make! What a fantastic effect (depth) you achieved with your masking.ReplyDelete
What a lovely ornament hanging on your wonderful stamped/inked tree! thanks for joining us in the CAS Mix Up challenge! Julia xxReplyDelete
Stunning card! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.ReplyDelete