Have you fallen in love with this class yet? I have, but what a challenge. On day three Dawn's video on negative painting just blew me away and I just had to try. I didn't have a leaf stamp so I chose an older floral with leaves but I think the image was too complicated and it turned into a hot mess and I completely lost the image. I watched the video 3-4 more times and opted for a simpler image. Moderate success but I am definitively NOT a natural (I think I like coloring in the lines too much!)
Color a little off in photo and I couldn't quite get it adjusted in Photoscape.
If you haven't signed up for this class and you have any desire to use watercolors on your cards or just want to learn some new techniques, I can't recommend this class enough. Dawn Woleslagle from Wplus9 is not only an artist but a wonderful teacher. Most importantly, this class is FUN! For the first day I wanted to try the pears but didn't have a pear stamp so I hand drew a pear on craft board, cut it out and used it as a template. I had so much fun with the pears but those darn leaves gave me all kinds of trouble. Gotta work on that brush technique! One thing to note, I was uses Arches Aquarelle hot pressed paper, 140 lb but when I laid down color it looked like the paper was pilling. However, when the color dried it did dry even and flat.
I stamped the Memory Box Pine stamp onto patterned paper with Memento Lux Northern Pine pigment ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I then used a mini blender and gold pigment ink to burnish around the stamped image. I die cut the deer and used a darker green ink to add some dimension and a white gel pen for spots on their backs. The greeting was die cut out of the MFT Shimmer gold card stock and I used the same card stock for the card itself. The green card stock is MFT Elf green which I seem to have used on most of my Christmas cards this year.
I haven't done a challenge in quite a while but trying to color, paint, create an aurora borealis intrigued me. I first colored the background with distress inks and splatted the stars. I used a dry brush and guache paints to create the aurora. After it was dry I used wink of stella clear to give it a real shimmer effect. You can sort of see it below.
The cute little snowman is Make It Crafty colored in copics and popped up with foam tape. This really was a challenge for me but I did enjoy it.
This is the first card I made for the shimmer and shine day. I embossed the background and the image with versamark and embossed with Filagree gold embossing powder. blended distress inks over the embossed background in two colors giving an ombre effect and also colored the image with distress inks. Some pearls and a few sequins finished it off.
The card base is MFT Elf green which has been my go to green this season.
You can see the stickles here but not the subtle glitter in the snowflakes
Day 5 was cutie patooties and I opted to try out a one layer card with masking. Laura Bassen's card was just to adorable to resist and I wanted to get all the layers correct. I started by stamping the small gift and then worked my way backward, masking each layer. When all the stamping and masking was done, I blended my sky with Amuse Pigment inks. I just love using pigment inks for blending. When the ink was dry (the next day cause it was very late at night and bed was calling) I used Carte Bella snowflake stencil with Aleene's glitter snow embossing paste. When that was completely dry, I pulled off all the masking paper and colored the images with Copics. The ribbons and bows are painted in gold but they don't show up well in the photo. I used StarDust stickles all over for an added glittery snow effect. After I finished the card I realized I totally forgot a sentiment and also the card was warped so I cut it down and adhered it to a green card base which solved the warping problem and I typed and foiled a greeting and adhered that to the top. Hope you like it.
One of the things I love about taking OCC's Holiday Style class is that it revs me up and gets me into high creative gear. I colored this image over the summer and never did anything with it but I pulled it out to finish. Got to get those Holiday cards made!
One of the problems I had was combining colored pencils on the kraft paper with wanting to use my copics for the scene to make it bright and stand out. I used my Faber Castell Polychromos and a silver metallic pencil on the ornament and restamped on X-Press It paper then colored just the center with Copics, cut it out and adhered.
I used Wink of Stella Clear over the pencils to add some shimmer, which you can see in the photo below. I cut the die out of the matching red card stock and embossed it with Filagree detail gold. I also masked the ornament and spritzed with white and silver misters.
Lastly, I adhered the image to Tim Holtz Glitter Sheet with dimensional adhesive. Woohoo another card done!