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It’s my turn to host the Featured Stamper Challenge (FS559) on Splitcoast. So a big Congrats to Jeanette, the newest Featured Stamper. I spent oodles of time in her big, beautiful gallery & finally narrowed it down to THIS card. I kept the Christmas poinsettias & most of the layout, but I used different images, different colors & left off a few of the layers.

I also have a little mini tutorial to go along with this card. I knew immediately I wanted to water color it, but I wanted it to be loose, not necessarily contained by the lines. I love stamping on top of free flowing watercolor backgrounds so that was my plan for this. Instead of pan or tube watercolors, I used Brushos. I lightly wet part of the watercolor paper w/ a spritzer, then sprinkled on the reds, pink & orange colors, then spritzed it again. In areas where the color seemed too concentrated, I took a wet paintbrush & blended it out. I let this dry a little, then repeated it w/ the greens, trying not to go over the red areas.


I used a plastic sheet placed up against the corner inside my Misti & stamped the image. This allowed me to position the paper to stamp the image where I wanted. Since it was big enough, I stamped it twice to use on two different cards.

I decided to deepen the color just a bit inside the leaves/petals of the poinsettia & the easiest way to do this is w/ watercolor pencils.

Instead of using the pencil directly on the image, I used a waterbrush to pick up color from the pencil tip, then painted it onto the image.

Since this poinsettia image in on the large size, I trimmed away most of the background around the left side of the image in order to have more of the citron green show. A dk green layer was added behind the poinsettia & also behind the citron layer. The greeting was stamped off the to left to help balance the composition and keep the eye flowing across the card. The blank citron areas give the eye a place to rest & draw the eye to the bright reds of the image. I could have added just a few sequins & I may go back & do that, but I’m pretty satisfied w/ composition as it is w/ the odd number of items (2 flowers + 1 greeting). Odd numbers are just more pleasing to the eye. 


Here’s the inside:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies:

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Poinsettia Lg, Celebrate Each Day (inside: Magic of Christmas )
Paper:  atercolor, dk green, citron felt (The Paper Cut)
Ink:   Versafine onyx (Kaleidacolor fruitcake on inside)
Accessories:   MFT diagonal stitched rectangles, Spellbinders A2 matting basics B, Brushos watercolor crystals, paintbrush, waterbrush, Misti, white gel pen, craft knife, spritzer, watercolor pencils


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A big congrats to Rochelle, the newest Featured Stamper (FS557)! She has a sweet gallery & after browsing, I chose THIS to case. I kept the Christmas snow globe but left off the shaker & used different images & dies.


I love this big snow globe and the Christmas Village images fit perfectly inside it. Just had to decide which ones to use. Finally decided on the lovely Gazebo &  Lamp Post & added a couple more trees for balance. After stamping the globe, I die cut a circle almost the same size out of copy paper & used the left over as a reverse mask to stamp the images inside & keep them from going out of the edges.

After coloring everything, I used a white gel pen to add snow where I wanted it &  then some stickles for sparkle. The Triple Holly was fussy cut &  added & the greeting was stamped on the red & I used the white gel pen to highlight the letters. 

Here’s a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Supplies:

Stamps: DRS Designs –  Christmas Lamp Post, Holly Days, Snow Globe, Gazebo, Christmas Village 4 in 1, Triple Holly, (inside – Beautiful Holiday)
Paper: Staples 110# white, red
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  Lil’ Inker stitched rectangle dies,  Copic markers, stickles, white gel pen, Misti

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A big congrats to Christine, the newest Featured Stamper (FS551) on Splitcoast! She has such a lovely gallery & she loves to play the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges! After much browsing, I chose THIS to case. I kept the Christmas theme & most of the colors, but I used different images, put my image in a window & turned mine horizontal.

After stamping & coloring the Rooftops, I added a little white gel pen for snow then die cut it to fit into a long rectangle window. The snow bg was stamped in silver on all of the layers & heat embossed w/ some transparent glitter ep. I made sure to leave an area to add the new greeting then stamped, colored &  fussy cut the Christmas lamp post to add on top. 

I’m also adding this Stacy’s August Fan Club Christmas challenge. 

Here’s a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used.


Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Supplies:

Stamps: DRS Designs    Christmas Lamp Post, Christmas Rooftops, All is Calm, Snow Bg (inside – From My House)
Paper: Staples 110# white, navy
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Versafine majestic blue, Encore ultimate metallic silver (inside – Distress ink tumbled glass)
Accessories:  Lil’ Inker stitched rectangle & long skinny stitched mat dies, Spellbinders long rectangle dies, Copic markers, Stampendous stardust embossing powder

 

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