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December 16, 2011

Christmas Creations - Day 2 - Handmade Cards

Hi Everyone:
Just wanted to share this card with you that I made for this little blog series called "Christmas Creations".  Today I am sharing a card that was made using a warm palette of colors. I so love earth tone colors and mixing it up with shades of  teal blue, has such a great effect. Today's card was created based on the Hero Arts monthly contest using this sketch.
The card was created with the left hand corner sketch in mind. I used ribbon to cover the lower portion of my card and added sentiment to the right.

And once again I am submitting it to the Hero Arts Contest at 2 Peas. 

Submitting this also for the Wee Memories Challenge

Such An Easy Challenge! Why not Play Along!

Well first of all I had to sit down and really think about what colors I really love. The colour brown always seems to call my name. So after looking at my distress inks and STAEDTLER pencils/markers, I decided on  brown, pale yellow, beige, and teal blue. I so love how it turned out, though I wished that I had outlined my bulbs in a dark brown instead of black. Oh well, life must go on! Lol. 

Sorry for the glare on the bow! 

Close up of shading and coloring.

Christmas bulbs were stamped in various areas onto a piece of watercolor paper that is just a little smaller than 5 1/2 x 7.  Once again, these bulbs were stamped on scratch paper and cut out to use for masking.  Once the mask were temporarily placed over-top of those images which were previously stamped, distress inks were applied randomly. To blend the inks, water was spritzed over the entire surface. 

The Old Letter Writing was then stamped over the entire surface in dark chocolate chip brown. The masks were then removed and the bulb images then colored with Hero Arts chalk ink, STAEDTLER watercolor pencils and outlined with black permanent ink. The corner of this panel was then torn and distressed with ink. This was then adhered to a choc. brown panel and wrapped with a teal blue bow. Once ribbon was added, the panel was adhered to a kraft card base. To add an extra touch of elegance Magic Pearls was used to had centers to the snowflakes on each bulb. Voila! Another handmade Christmas card.

I love Christmas so much and all the possibilities it provides to make some really special projects. Check back tomorrow for  a fun project on how to spruce up a plain gift bag and make it into something bold, bright & beautiful. 

I trust that your enjoying all the fun that comes with preparing for Christmas, but most important the time you spend with family & friends.  For my family & I, we love to celebrate the Birth of Christ and always try to make room for Him, the real reason for the season. But it can be so easy to get caught up in the hustle & bustle of it all and forget the real meaning of Christmas. That is Love- love of God, of family & of friends!  May your Christmas be blessed and filled with many wonderful memories. 

Love & Blessings


Lisa said...

I am gasping here! Wow, this is truly gorgeous, Dana! Beautiful shading and that blue ribbon just sets it all off perfectly :)
Merry Christmas to you and your family and all the best in the New Year!! XX

Barb said...

beautiful!!! that ribbon is gorgeous and your distress inking is perfect...another stunning card :)

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

Wow this is beautiful love the colors!!!Thanks for playing along with Wee memories!!

Lisa said...

This is wonderful Dana! Those ornaments are so elegant!

Brandi said...

This is so pretty! Thanks for playing with us at Wee Memories!

Maureen Morton said...

This takes my breath away, dear Dana! This is almost magical with those wonderful ornaments, that rich background and that magnificent bow! WOW! Sending you lots of holiday hugs.

Amy said...

Wow! I love this! That big bow is fantastic! Thanks for playing along with Wee Memories!

Nona said...

Wowzers! This is absolutely gorgeous, Dana! I am truly in awe by your talent. Love love love your distressing and coloring, the card design, everything about it :)

Happy belated birthday, Dana! Hope you have a wonderful year filled with love and happy moments :) Take care!!

susanne said...

Gorgeous colours Dana!! Such a beautiful card! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and hope your new year is filled with love and happiness! I have also taken some time off from creating to rest but hope to be back soon. God Bless you Dana.

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