sunnuntai 7. joulukuuta 2014

Christmas cards: Red Edition

I am at last getting my Christmas cards done... Last weekend I made green, red and gold backgrounds on A3 watercolour paper, and all week I've been experimenting on different stamped images to use with them. Since I don't like throwing stuff away, I expect all the experiments to end up on the cards one way or another: Green, red and golden Christmas cards!

My red background was made with Distress Inks in Festive Berries and Aged Mahogany. After spreading the ink straight from the inkpads onto the paper, I sprayed with both plain water and Firefly red Cosmic Shimmer mist. The Firefly mist gave the background a golden tint that is hard to catch on photos. While the colours were settling, I added some grains of salt. I cut the A3 sheet into 8 pieces suitable for A6 cards. Part of the backgrounds got Aged Mahogany around the edges, don't they look cool?

I experimented with different techniques on the stamped images. These cards have been stamped with images from the Chocolate Baroque "Punky Flowers" -set. The ones to the left have been stamped in black and coloured with DI and mica watercolours. The images on the right have been stamped with the Distress Inks, on the less solid image there is some colouring too.

The stamp on the last cards is from the Mini Christmas Trees by Crafty Individuals. It has been inked with the Distress Inks and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

I am entering this card for the SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge (Holidays) and the SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge (Holidays and Christmas)

3 kommenttia:

  1. These cards are stunning and it was so interesting to see how your "experiments" turned out! I really admire your idea of never letting anything go to waste! I thought your backgrounds were all beautiful in their own way and while they matched together nicely, each one was unique and lovely. I also enjoyed seeing your different cards made with different stamps a materials. I can't pick a favorite because each one had so much to love! Great job at embossing on the mini trees cards and all of these put me a very festive mood. Thank you for sharing your talents with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  2. Wonderful! Those fabulous inky backgrounds really make those images pop. Love it! Thank you for sharing your holiday fun with us for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle

  3. hi Kristina! U adore the Christmas tree, just precious..awesome background too! I am thrilled you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*