Tuesday 26 December 2017

Favourite Christmas cards 2017

Well all is calm after the Christmas festivities. I hope you all had a fab celebration and lots of crafty goodies in your stocking.
In the past few years I've done a run down on my favourite cards of the year starting with my Christmas faves so here they all are.
I have tried to keep up with my stash throughout the year so this first choice was made back in June.

An entry in a Less is More sketch challenge, do like a good sketch, this card uses an inked panel and a die cut tree landscape.

On into July and this card using this fab Uniko poinsettia stamp, I just love the big bold image and is perfect for watercolouring. 

I decoupaged the center and added the die cut embossed celebrate.

In the same week I made another winter/Christmas card, this time using Brusho, tissue paper and embossed snowflakes.

I must have been feeling the cold that day as this has a very cool feel to it!

After seeing some fab watercolour cards on YouTube I bought a Penny Black stamp at the stamp fair at Port Sunlight in October. This was my second attempt using it.

Having a MISTI certainly makes using this type of stamp so much easier, you can get a lot of definition into the image. The snowy effect is made by adding Frantage, chunky EP, on the still wet panel, then heat setting. Not wishing to spoil the panel I wrapped a #Uniko gold stamped and embossed sentiment on vellum over it.

 My last card is perhaps one of my faves. It is a OL card and took quite a bit of planning but I think it was worth it.

The theme was candle or light source and I was thinking of doing a watercolour version but after a bit of thought I couldn't see a way to keep it clean and crisp. The end product involved a lot of masking and delicate inking to get the effect, along with the judicious placing of liquid masking fluid.

So that's my Christmas card year, what's yours? 


  1. I couldn't have picked better myself Julie!! I particularly like the rosehips/berries, you painted them beautifully xx

  2. All stunning cards, my favourites are the last two they are just gorgeous !
    Hugs Kaz xx


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