Thursday, December 17, 2015

Winter Solstice

Monday, December 21, 2015

Only 3 hours and 45 minutes of daylight here today. Now the sun barely rises to the top of the trees. Since we have too much daylight on the 4th of July to enjoy fireworks winter solstice is our time to celebrate with vibrant fireworks and added sparkle of snow and glistening trees. We celebrate that with each new day we will have more sunlight. I am very excited to share with you my interpretation of nature's beauty that we enjoy during this time of year.

I created this card's background with the Stencil Stamping Technique:

I used 2 small pieces of tape to attach a stencil (Tim Holtz, flourish stencil) to watercolor paper. Lightly tapped Ken Oliver's Color Burst powders through the stencil openings and misted. When pleased with the 1st image removed the stencil. Gently place the bottom side of the stencil which is still covered with lots of color on top of a fresh 2nd piece of paper.  Hand press color onto paper and removed stencil. I continue coloring the cardstock and drying as needed.

I added some special sparkle to the card. I stamped the top left corner with a Hero Arts Sparkle Border stamp and colored with Stickles. Layered snowflakes at the bottom left and added a few sparkling gems. Strips of glitter add sparkles to the side edges of the card.
I am submitting this card to this month's Craft Stamper's Take It, Make It Challenge. Here is the blog link.

Thank You for stopping in!  
May your holidays be Merry and Bright!...Jan

A Christmas Card Favorite

As always I made lots of holiday cards this year and this is one of my favorites.

Distress ink colors: fired brick, broken china, peacock feathers, and pine needles and as needed fern green archival as well as Memories unicorn white pigment ink.

The poinsettia is stamped in archival fern green ink and water colored on Strathmore paper. The center is accented with opal liquid pearls and overall with Wink of Stella.

Dies: Tim Holtz- mixed media die set ( lattice piece) and Tim’s winter greens die set (evergreen branch). The small package tag is from a retired SU die set.  I colored it with a round blending tool to achieve the background color as well as darker color on the word “Merry”. Tim’s faded dot stencil was added over top.   A bokeh technique was used for the background.  Mercury Glass stickles around the evergreen.

Happy holidays!...Jan