Wednesday, February 28, 2018

WWC159 - Marsha's All About Christmas

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Time to add to your stash of Christmas cards! Marsha is hosting our All About Christmas challenge  this week.

In every catalogue, there is a stamp set that really appeals to me, but for some reason I put off getting  it. Then, when the catalogue is just about to retire, I finally decide to get it.

Good Tidings was that set for me in the 2017 Holiday Catalogue. it is a two-step holly design with a watercolour look to it. Even though I really liked it, once I got it, I didn't use it. Silly, I know! So, it was time to  ink it up for this challenge.
I only used two colours for the holly: Old Olive and  Cherry Cobbler. The images for the bottom layer were stamped off, then  I used the detail layers full strength. The sentiment is done with Always Artichoke.

These images have a nostalgic feel to them, I think. I didn't want to use Whisper White - thought it would be too bright. So I stamped the images on Very Vanilla for a softer look. It also  gives a warmer tone to the colours.

The DSP is from Delightful Daisy, and  the card base is Cherry Cobbler.

For a little bit of sparkle, I used some of the Glitter Epoxy Shapes, from the 2018 Occasions Catalogue, on the berries. Here's a close-up look at those:

For more Christmas inspiration, check out Watercooler Wednesday and have a look at the wonderful projects from the other Watercooler Artists.

8 comments:

  1. Gail, I kick myself for not having ordered that stamp set, especially when I see such beautiful cards as this one which you've created. The holly is stunning. I love the way the stamping looks as if you've watercoloured it. Adding the epoxy to the berries was a brilliant move.

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    1. I've done that too Heidi! That's why I decided to just go for it with this one. I'm happy I did.

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  2. I love that watercolour look! So pretty. This is a lovely Christmas card. - Charlotte E/Lady Joyful

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    1. Thanks Charlotte! Would be really easy to do mulitiples of this. The watercolour look is my favourite.

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  3. thanks for the reminder to stamp off to change the shade of the colour. Beautiful image of the holly, and love the card.

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    1. Thanks Christine. Glad you like the reminder - it's something I do a lot.

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  4. Beautiful design, Gail. I love the way you've colored it.

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    1. Thanks Marsha. There is actually no colouring involved with this - the stamp set does it all. I love sets like that!

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