It is always a good time to celebrate Christmas in my humble opinion. I sheepishly admit I keep a few Christmas decorations up throughout the year.
I first did my background using Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters distress ink and an older stencil from Memory Box called Snowflake Lace. I then die cut the panel with My Favorite Things Stitched die, attached it to my card base and for a bit of sparkle I added glimmer paste dipping my bristle brush into the paste and lightly patting it on the panel.

I am sure we all have our favourite stamps and dies to use at Christmas. This is another one of mine, and I think that is because I love to paint this Poinsettia.
To start this I used the no line watercolour technique. Everyone has there way of doing this technique, but I use a very light marker, here I used Spun Sugar, and go around the edges of the image, and before stamping I huff and puff to dampen the ink to allow for the transfer to paper. For the green I used shabby shutters. I did not include the berries in this process, leaving them to finish at the end.
I used Daniel Smith Opera Pink to watercolour. I love this colour and don't get a chance to use it very often. For the greens I used Daniel Smith Green Apatite. Once all was finished and dried I drew on the veins with distress markers and this is when I did the berries using festive berries markers. For the flower center I first painted with Daniel Smith Cad Yellow, then added yellow Nuvo Jewel drops and once they were dry I went over the drops with Wink of Stella. I then added white gel pen to the berries because I forgot to leave the white space when painting. For the two flowers in the center that are white, they did not have enough definition until I added a few layers of white to them. I like them much better this way.
As there is not a die for this flower, I used my Scan'n Cut to cut the flower out, styled it and attached it to my card on foam dots. For a bit of sparkle I did the same technique to the flower that I did to the background, dipping my bristle brush into glimmer paste and patting it on the flower, then finishing with a few clear sequins.
I hope you have enjoyed this card today. It is a sneak peek at what is coming up tomorrow, so check back later tomorrow noon eastern time for a treat.
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  1. This is just beautiful Kia, I love the softness of the colors a lot :)

  2. Beautifully watercolored stamped poinsettia, Kia. I love your pink shades with the green leaves. Wonderful soft stenciled background too. TFS Hugs..

  3. Gorgeous no line watercoloring, Kia! Love the pink poinsettia. Adding veins to the leaves with markers, the highlights to berries with white gel pen, and the white layers to the flowers is so effective! The softly stenciled background is so beautiful too. Hideko xx


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