A Warm & Cozy Merry Christmas

I'm getting very close to the end of my Christmas card making.  I can tell it's time because my seasonal mojo starts getting a little ragged around the edges.  I actually went down to my stamp studio today to clear Christmas stamps and stuff.  I ended up making two cards.  I need to stop making cards and actually get my Christmas cards mailed, Christmas shopping done, plan the Christmas Day feast (Italian...yum), make the Christmas treats, wrap and make tags/gift card holders...oh em gee.  I actually did get my Christmas tree up today...and decorated(a week behind schedule) thanks to my husband giving me a much needed hand. It's crunch time.
This card is pretty straight forward.  I used mini distress pads to ink up the large wood background stamp...spritzed with water and got two "inkings"on watercolor paper. This is the second more muted inking.

card size:   5 1/2"  4 1/4"  A2

Stamps:   Stamper's Anonymous-Tim Holtz 2014 Holiday Knit 1,  My Favorite Things-Cozy Greetings

Color/Ink:   Mini Distress Ink Pads,  Archival Jet Black

Dies:   Simon Says Stamp- Holiday Frames

Misc.:   Crystal Glitter Ritz- Micro Fine Glitter Warm Highlight,  Swarovski Crystals- Topaz,  Sizzix- Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Knit Texture Fade (emboss folder)

World Peace

I have yet to use any of my beautiful ornament dies to make cards. That makes me an ornament die "hoarder" "collector".  I decided to make a card using an ornament die for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers because one of my favorite stores...Papyrus...is the inspiration source this week. 
I created a background on watercolor paper last night before I went to bed.  I used Brusho water colors lightly sprinkled on to a damp background and then spritzed again with water.  Brusho watercolors can do unusual things so it's always fun to see how it ended up drying. I wafted some Sheer Shimmer Spritz about a foot over the background to give it some subtle sparkle.

card size:   5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"   A2

Stamps:   Papertrey Ink- Tis the Season Sentiments,  Stamper's Anonymous- Tim Holtz Mini Handwritten

Ink/Color:   Brusho water color,  Archival Jet Black ink

Dies:   Memory Box Globe & Andover Ornaments,  Memory Box- Crisp Bows,  Memory Box- Pine Sprigs,  Poppy Stamps- Christmas Baubles (inside)

Embellishment:   Simon Says Stamp- Crystal Reflections Sequins

Specialty Paper:   Simon Says Stamp- Wood-grain card stock Black 12 x 12


Twilight Snow

I found one more watercolor panel when I was cleaning up yesterdays mess that I had dotted with masking fluid so I decided to try a different color combo on a snow scene.  The middle of the scene was kind of unexpected as I was so careful to place color here and there and when... woosh... there it went when I spritzed the trees with a light mist of water. All the colors jumbled together. I know what is said about the dreaded yellow snow but I wonder what would be said about snow of a cotton candy color mixture h-m-m-m-m.

card size:  5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"   A2

Stamps:   Penny Black-Prancers set (trees),  Papertrey Ink- Holiday Wishes

Ink/Color:   Distress Inks,  masking fluid,  Fresco- Chalk White Acrylic paint,  Archival Jet Black ink

Dies:   Simon Says Fun Flakes die asst.


Peaceful Snow

Sometimes I need to push myself out of my comfort zone and try  something new.  I need more masculine cards so I figured this would be a good time to try a winter water-color scene and the 3-D word die technique.  This was the only background that made it through the process today.  I stamped the pine trees using Distress Ink and moved the color around a bit with a damp/wet brush.  As I look at this scene I see so much "weird" and not exactly right stuff going on...but I like the mood of the scene and the sky especially.  I am glad that I tried. 
I die cut the peace word right from the water color panel.  I saved all of the little bits.  I stacked 4 plain white pieces and added the one from the water color panel last.  I backed the watercolor panel with white card stock with extra tape adhesive running under where the word die would be. I replaced the thick chunky peace word in the space. Using a pick up stick I managed to get the tiny little pieces and prod them into place.  To top it off this card is one...I repeat one layer!!!  I didn't think that was humanly possible for me.  I did it!  I will add this to the Clean & Simple  gallery at Splitcoast Stampers where the challenge is "Add a Tree(s)"

card size:   5 1/2"  x 4 1/4"    A2

Stamps:   Memory Box- Forest Pine lg. & sm.,  Papertrey Ink-  Holiday Wishes

Ink/Color:   Dr PH Martin Hydrus Watercolors,  Distress Ink pads,  Acrylic Paint- white chalk,  Masking Fluid

Dies:   Essentials By Ellen- Brushstroke Peace,  Impression Obsession- Sm.Pines trio,  Memory Box- Resting Birds