Friday, October 16, 2015

Joy & Cheer

hello! Tis the season for Christmas cards and I have new orders from Mama Elephant, My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink, Simon Says Stamp, and WPlus9 ready to be inked up so expect a whole bunch of Christmas here on the blog in the next few weeks! (yay!)

 I colored this little girl and her wagon & tree with copics and fussy cut them out. I knew I wanted to use some real string for her to pull the wagon so I didn't stress about cutting off the little string she was holding in the stamped image.I added some wink of stella shimmer to the ornaments and the star on the tree and the shimmer is so pretty! (I had some issues with my wink of stella the first few times I used it and i couldn't figure out why bloggers spoke so highly of it - my advice when using it is to keep some scratch paper near by and any time you need to squeeze more liquid out onto the brush, dab the brush off on that paper before you touch it to your project. I've had so many big ugly gobs of shimmer liquid screw up an image - and once the shimmer gunk hits the paper it doesn't really come up - so anyways - just a quick little swipe on something that is not your final project just to check for any globs) I was delighted to see that my new MFT Green-Eyed Monster cardstock and ink matched the little girl's colored coat perfectly so I cut a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 panel of the green cardstock to use as my base. I cut another panel of white cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4 and die cut the falling snowflake strip out of it, saving the snowflakes. I die cut the snowbank strip out of white cardstock and attached it to the white panel. I stamped my sentiment inthe green ink with my MISTI and then shifted my cardstock a teensy bit and stamped the sentiment again to give it that fun shadow. I didn't have any brown thread on hand so I colored some cream colored thread with my copics. (which means I never have to keep all of the colors on hand if i can color some neutral thread any color I need! Not that I don't want every. single. color of DMC thread - I still remember agonizing over thread color combinations for friendship bracelets as a preteen - but my itty bitty studio space is delighted to be able to only have to store one or two colors!) Anyways (again. I ramble. sorry!) I tied the end of the thread in a knot and stuck it in her hand with a glue dot before I adhered her down and did the same thing with the wagon, cutting off any excess thread. I added in a few of the die cut snowflakes here and there and then went over the inlaid snowflakes and the snowdrift with a wink of stella pen to make them sparkle! I adhered the card front to a blank white card (which will get something cute stamped on the inside and a matching envelope to finish it off) and I was all done! (high-five to you if you managed to stick with me through all of that rambling!)
here's a close-up of the coloring:

and one of the shimmery goodness:

Hooray for Friday, it sure did take all week to get here. (we only had a two day work week with our vacation, i'm not sure what i'm complaining about here...) I should have lots of time to create here in the studio this weekend, and it's actually going to be chilly! I've got a playlist of Christmas music ready, I have my box of teas fully stocked, I'm going to pick up a yummy smelling candle tomorrow and I should be ready to go!
Have a great day!



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