Watercolouring would have to be one of my favourite techniques to use with papercrafting. So I was quite thrilled when I saw that the challenge for Day 20 of Martin Stone’s #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge was to use Watercolouring on a project.
While I await delivery of my next lot of Christmas goodies, I thought I could use one of my non-Christmas stamps to create a seasonal card. I pulled out a favourite, Free as a Bird stamp set and set out to create Robins with my ink refills. I have previously done some watercolouring with this same set of birds. You can see that card here.
I used a combination of Real Red, Calypso Coral, Balmy Blue and Basic Gray to paint them. Watercolouring is such a relaxing technique and gives you such effective results.
I chose the Pinewood Designer Series Paper to coordinate with the Pinewood Embossing Folder.
Some Gold Foil poinsettias with their centres dotted with gold gems make this a more festive card. The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set which has so many great sentiments.
If you haven’t given watercolouring a go, get yourself a pack of Water Painters and some ink refills and enjoy this wonderfully relaxing and fun technique.
What kind of card do you give someone who hates Christmas? Sounds like a riddle doesn’t it? This was the most difficult challenge for me in the #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge because I figure if someone hates Christmas, why give them a Christmas card?!!
I decided to go with more sombre colours and minimal embellishment for Mr Grumps! The Peace & Joy stamp set was perfect for creating the stamped background in Basic Gray and Misty Moonlight with a pop of Shaded Spruce just to give a hint of the Christmas Spirit (Past, Present and Future).
Some die cut leaves from the Forever Fern bundle – in Gray of course, adds some depth and interest without being festive. The sentiment chosen from Itty Bitty Christmas is neutral, making it suitable to give to anyone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas.
I hope you’re having fun with this challenge and I’m sure you would want to check out Martin Stone’s lovely work (especially on this one – it’s hilarious).
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Always up for a challenge and ready to get some serious Christmas card making done this month, I’m taking part in Martin Stone’s 30 Day Christmas Card Making Challenge.
The theme for Day 1 is Winter Winds. As soon as I saw this I felt a cold, winter chill and a scene popped up in my mind which I wanted to recreate. A chilly, winter’s night with the snow falling to the ground and the wind roaring around sounds cold and cozy all at the same time.
I created a swirling background to depict the wind by swiping my Smoky Slate ink pad across the Whisper White cardstock in a downward swiping motion. This was repeated in Misty Moonlight and a little bit of Early Espresso. Then I used the Kraft ink refill and watered it down with my fine tip Water Painter. I flicked the brush against the lid of the Water Painter to splatter the white ink over my prepared layer. I did the same with the Frost White Shimmer Paint. All these colours and textures created a really blustery, winter’s night.
The die cut trees have been brushed with Wink of Stella and although it’s not easy to pick this up on the photo, it adds a very subtle shimmer.
I just had to add this cute little house from the Coming Home bundle to complete my scene, making it warm and inviting amidst the cold and wild weather going on outside.
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