Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bells and Boughs

Most of my posts are simple cards because I use them with my lunch stamping group. This is one took a little longer to make. I was going for a water colory glow, if that makes sense. 

I embossed the image from the Bells and Boughs stamp set in black. I used Water Color Wonder Crayons to color in the pine branches (in Always Artichoke) and the pointsettia flowers (in Real Red). Then I went over the color with the Aqua Painter to blend the colors and give it a water color feel. It looked ok, but needed to blend in to the paper more, it stood out too much.  So I sponged on more artichoke and more red around the image and that helped alot. Then I sponged on some Early Expresso in the corners where there was just white paper and that really helped. Then I used the Color Spritzer Tool to add black speckles to the paper. I also used put a little glue in the center of the flowers and heat set some gold embossing powder in the center of each flower. Then to top it off I covered the whole thing with versamark and sprinkled on Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heat set that.  Turned out very special. The image is layerd on black, then metallic gold paper and then Always Artichoke. The card base is stamped with the French Filigree background stamp

All supplies on this card are Stampin'UP!  BTW: this stamp set - Bells and Boughs -  is in the Holiday mini. Which means if you like it you have only 3 weeks left to buy it because the mini retires the end of December. And even better yet, this stamp set is part of Stampin'UP!'s Holiday Bundle Promotion. You can get this stamp set and a pack of holiday paper for 20% OFF.  Read about this and other bundles on my business website or click this image to view a larger version. Read the details and act soon. This promotion ends Thursday.

Let me know how I can help with your stamping needs. One week til Christmas. Three days til my house starts filling up with family (I'll have 20 staying here for the holidays and it will be great!). I hope you are looking forward to a pleasant holiday too.


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