Saturday, November 30, 2019

Happy Little Stampers: Christmas

I'm welcoming December with the Happy Little Stampers watercolour challenge! Our optional theme for this last month of the year is, not too surprisingly, Christmas. After making so many tags through November, it was almost a challenge to go back to the larger canvas of a card! I chose a large image to help me: 

My poinsettia is heat embossed on watercolour paper. The line style of the artwork meant there would be lots of nooks and crannies for watercolour powder to show off its different shades and colours. While it was drying, I added a wash of bundled sage distress ink to the back panel, speeding up its drying time with my heat tool. Then, by flicking water, I was able to add some of the same embossing powder to the mat and heat emboss the spatters. I also added some spatters of the same distress ink. Once the flower was dry, I cut it close to the edge, and added it and the sentiment to the green panel. A green card base was my last step. I thought about adding some dimension to the centre of the poinsettia, but nothing I had would have matched the embossing, so I left it alone. 

There are beautiful inspiration cards on the HLS blog today, in a variety of styles! If you aren't in need of Christmas cards, we'd love to see any new watercolour project added to the monthly gallery. I have thoroughly enjoyed this first year of bringing watercolour inspiration to you with Happy Little Stampers!  

Supplies: Canson watercolour paper, Craft Smith textured green card base, Altenew Modern Poinsettia stamps, Versamark & bundled sage distress ink, moonstone embossing powder, Magenta Nuance red watercolour powder

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Barbara Godden said...

Wow this is gorgeous!!! I must try this technique. How do you do a wash? and the spatters are awesome. perfect card, is it a SU set?

cm said...

Catching up in reverse order this evening. I'm having tag withdrawal big time and finding zippo mojo in making Christmas cards! Those big canvases: ACK! I have 15-20 to make for my mom (need to figure out something quickly, as I need to mail them to her, where she and my sister will take over) then a bunch for me! Yep...same problem every year! You'd think I'd learn by now, but nope! On the other hand, I have plenty of tags for my niece/nephew's classmates/sports pals and a bunch to give to Lily's vets/office staff and daycare gal. One out of three...not great but a start!
Anyway: your watercolour poinsettia is gorgeous! Love those varying shades/hues of red! It certainly makes a presence on the stage!

Sue - said...

Beautiful card, I love the background you’ve made!

Ina G said...

Such a lovely background here Lindesy for that beautiful poinsettia. Just a hint of other colours and looks perfect just the way it is - didn't need anything in the centre.

BożenA said...

A beautiful and elegant card. I love different shades and great splashes.
Happy Christmas, Lindsey
BożenA xx

Helen said...

A stunning and elegant Christmas card, Lindsey! So beautiful! Wishing you a wonderful 2020!