Hello and happy Wednesday! Let´s start with another Christmas card idea for today. For this weeks post I´ve created two similar looking cards using the same technique, I just changed the colours a little bit.
Here is a little sneak on how the cards look like. Now to the steps: I´ve used mainly Tonic Studios product for these cards. My starting point was the Magnificent Magnolia Stamp Set and I used only the smallest stamp images from this set to create these cards. By the way, there is also a matching die set available for these stamps which makes it all very practical. I´ve learned to enjoy the fact that you don´t have to fussy cut each and every stamp image!
I started by die cutting a circle piece to use as a mask on my card base. I used the Circle Layering Die Set for this purpose. Also by Tonic Studios.
I´ve „adhered“ the circle to the card base with a piece of washi tape. It keeps it on place, but is easy to remove without leaving a mark afterwords. Then I´ve just stamped the cute little flowers around the circle with waterproof black ink. I left space between each flower to be able to add more stamping later.
Next I changed the stamp ink color to Field Greens by Hero Arts. I love these shadow inks – they are so easy to stamp with as they are really moist and really soak into the paper. You really get great results every time. So here I´ve stamped leaves between the flowers.
Then I took the Nuvo Watercolour Pencils out (Brilliantly Vibrant set) and colored the flowers with red, orange and pink tones. Starting from the middle with the strongest color and changing towards a lighter tone towards the end of the petals. I did the same with the leaves, using 2 tones of greens. I love how highly pigmented these pencils are. I am not an experienced colourer and I still managed to get a really decent result with these pens!!! After I was finished with the coloring, I removed the circle mask piece.
Next I still wanted to add some brown toned „twigs“ here and there, so I grabbed one more stamp from the stamp set and stamped with brown Hero Arts ink. I again placed the circle piece into the middle to protect the open space. With washi tape you can easily do this! My favorite part is adding Nuvo Drops onto my cards. Here I´ve added some Ruby Slippers and Emerald City Glitter Drops to create additional interest. Also I couldn´t resist applying some Crystal Glaze into the flower centers just for a fun detail! Finally I die cut the word „Frohe“ (= Merry) from golden glitter cardstock with my die cutting machine and used it as a sentiment in the middle of the flower frame. The whole sentiment is one of the German sentiment dies by Tonic Studios which are presented and sold on/via the QVC channel by the lovely Maria Gato. I just used part of the sentiment on this particular card. I then finished the cards with some letter stickers as the word „Weihnachten“ (=Christmas) was way too long for my card size. Otherwise I would have used the die cut sentiment.
The blue card is made in the same manner, just in different colours.
Here are the finished cards. I really liked creating these cards, and the coloring part was not as hard, as I had imagined it to be. I think it is the same like with everything else, when you put your mind to it, you can do it. And if you practise, you get better in time.
Should you get inspired to try this idea out and case my one of my cards, do leave a comment here, I´d love to come over to your blog and take a look at your card(s).