Santa Deer

Friday, 27 November 2020


I am happy to say I am now a hostess and design team member for one of my favourite challenges, the  Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. My term does not start until December 1st, but I got a jump on things with this card.

We are visiting a wonderful site called Traditions. I headed for the Santa/Reindeer department and found this Santa and Reindeer that I just love.

I love the colours, and decided I could incorporate this blue shade in my scene, just in another way. I used a darker shade of the blue for my trees in the background, stamping a few times to get them very dark. I used colours very close to the above in my reindeer's scarf.

Santa's suit I kept in the red and white. For the white I used my gel pen colouring in circles to add some texture to the fur. His boots are black, matching the tiny piece of his belt that shows. I added white gel pen for some definition. 

For his face I used Copics in E41 and E51. I added R20 to his cheeks for a bit of rosy. For the deer I used E23, E35, E37, along with E51 in his ear with R20 over it. His nose has R35 and R46. His antlers are E37 as are his hooves. On the scarf I used BG11 and BG34.

I thoroughly enjoyed colouring this image ... it is adorable even before it is coloured.

Once I was finished with all the colouring I die cut the image using the coordinating die.

In my mini Misti I stamped the trees on my card base using VersaFine Clair ink in Warm Breeze, stamping several times as I mentioned above. I then used my Nuvo Glitter Gloss pen on the largest of the dots of snow, which unfortunately does not show in the pictures. I also added it to Rudolph's nose.

I then added the Santa image to my card base using foam squares, then stamped the sentiment in my mini Misti with the Warm Breeze ink.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed today's card.

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Wednesday, 25 November 2020


Here is a card that I had a lot of fun with, but not much fun trying to photograph. We have had gloomy days in my neck of the woods, which doesn't do anything to help picture taking.

I saw a card on Pinterest that had snow at the bottom, as I have done above, but they had glitter sprinkled over it. I opted out of the glitter, but the snow is perfect for this kind of card.

I first made my card base using Gina K Design White heavy card and Kraft card. For the snow I used Glacier Paste, applying it with my palette knife doing a scoop with the knife to give the ridges in the snow.

I cut the Ho, using gold glitter card, from an older die by My Favorite Things called appropriately "Ho Ho Ho" and dunked its feet in the paste before attaching using foam squares to my card. 
(They no long manufacture the die, but Scrap'n Stamp has some in the store, and you may find it elsewhere. Any alphabet die sets would also work for this.)

I die cut the hat from red glitter card, and the fur from white glitter card and put them together using Nuvo adhesive. But first I did the splatters using Dr. Ph Martin's Bleed Proof White watercolour, as I did not want the splatter on the hat. I then attached the Santa hat over the H using foam squares.

I let the card sit overnight so everything would be good and dry, especially the snow. 

In the morning using my mini Misti I stamped the ho ho ho sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Tulip Red and added the white gems around the card to finish.

I hope you have enjoyed this card as much as I enjoyed making it and I wish to thank you for your visit.

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Snowmen Cuteness

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

It is that time again, for Watercolour Wednesday at Splitcoaststampers. This week it is all about the snowman. We have a video to share with you for these cards, which you can find here.

I did both for this week, I can never pass up the chance to paint a snowman. 

I took a leap of faith and did not draw this first. I went ahead with the watercolour, doing the bottom, then the scarf, the the top. He ended up rather tall though, not quite in the plan, but I still like him.

I painted this snowman with Roman Szmal watercolours. To add the dots and stripes I used Dr. Ph Martin's Bleed Proof white.

I love his little hat, such a nice change from what I have done before. 

My second card is more snowmen cute! For this card I used Daniel Smith watercolours.

This is a 5.5 inch square card using Gina K Design cardstock for my base. The blue is Recollections and the orange I made using the Gina K Design Ivory cardstock and a Copic Marker that matched being YR09, Chinese Orange. 

My square is 4x4 inches, with the matting going up in increments of 1/4 inch. With a pencil I marked the top and sides of Santa's head. When I was ready to paint the night sky I connected the marks with the watercolour. I lightly drew in the carrot nose, and painted with Hansa Yellow then Pyrrol Orange.

Once the nose was dry I proceeded to paint the night sky using Phthalo Blue (red shade). For the cheeks I used Quinacridone Pink. The black I mixed using Prussian Blue, Alizarin Crimson and Payne's Gray.

The splatter is done using Dr. Ph Martin's Bleed Proof white and my No.2 brush. When I removed the tape I did not like the look of the snowman's face where it meets the taped area at the bottom. Back on went the tape and I painted his face with the Bleed Proof White watercolour. Now I am happy, I like the definition.

These did not take long at all to paint, a couple of hours earlier this morning. I think they worked out well and hope you enjoy them as well. Why not paint them yourselves and join us at Splitcoaststampers.

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Very Merry

Saturday, 21 November 2020


As it happens the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers this week gave me the opportunity to use my Santa Hat again. Yip!

We visited a place called Hello Lucky where I found loads of inspiration. I picked this for inspiration.

My card base is Neenah Solar White Classic Crest cardstock. for my background I am using Manger Stars from A Colorful Life Designs. I secured the stencil using tape and applied embossing paste in Pearlescent. 

The paste dries very quickly, less than 15 minutes so I began to apply my colour. Using distress oxide inks I added the colours, blending well after each addition, then blending again with the original colour.

The blues I used are Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean. Initially I used Wilted Violet, but then I went back in and added Seedless Preserves to an area. I like the look better.

I let the inks dry, then did some splatters in white using Dr. Ph. Martins Bleed Proof white. I then added some Perfect Pearls to the mix of white paint, and did further splatters.

Still needed sparkle so I also added straight perfect pearls. It is so hard to pick up the shimmer when photographing, but in real life it is very pretty.

I then stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink and went around the edges with the distress oxide Salty Ocean, attaching with foam squares.

The Santa Hat I die cut from both white and red glitter cardstock, styling the pieces then applying the red part with foam squares, and gluing on the white, representing the fur.

It still needed more sparkle for me, so I die cut a few stars from the white glitter cardstock and applied them around the card. I then added some little diamond gems and finally was happy.

Another fun card ready for Christmas, which I hope you have enjoyed.

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To the World

Friday, 20 November 2020


I am very much into using the "old" with the "new" these days, and this card is another example of that. The background stamp is old, but the JOY die and Santa Hat are new. When I saw the Santa Hat at Impression Obsession it was a must have as I wanted to make this card.

I really like the background stamp with the flourish and the snowflakes. In my original Misti I stamped on Neenah Solar Crest cardstock using VersaFine Clair ink in Tulip Red, then added VersaMark embossing ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder for added texture.

Using the same cardstock I die cut the JOY sentiment and applied Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen in Midas Touch, doing a couple of layers. Once dry I went around all the edges with Copic marker R46.

For the Santa Hat using the same cardstock I die cut the pieces and coloured the hat top using Copic Markers in R24, R27 and R46.

I styled the hat and fur then glued together using Nuvo Adhesive.

I think the hardest part was deciding where I wanted the JOY die placed. I decided I did not want to hide the snowflake in the middle of the card totally, so I would go slightly above it. I used my Misti ruler to keep the word straight and attached with foam squares.

I left the foam square off the top of the J letter so I could tuck the Santa Hat underneath it. I also took into account that as the hat was styled I would not need a foam square, so I glued that section with Nuvo glue. I hugged the O with the rest of the Santa hat attaching on the right side with a foam square.

I then placed the card in my mini Misti and stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne. I added a few gems in the gold to finish my card.

The picture above shows the sparkle better. It looks like I missed areas, but I did not, it is the way the light is hitting my card.

I hope you have enjoyed today's card at much as I enjoyed making it. Thank you for visiting my blog. Following are Affiliate links for the products I used for this card, at no extra cost to you.

Holly Joy

Thursday, 19 November 2020


Hello all. I am back today with another watercolour card I did yesterday, when I was painting my tree card. If you happened to watch the video you will recall that she painted three cards, being the tree, a holly card and a snowman. I have a lot of snowman stamps that I would rather use, so I opted to do the tree and the holly.

I managed to get through the tree without to many changes, but the holly was a different story. Here is a snip from the video of the 3 cards.

So you can see I totally swayed away from the examples given.

Sometimes when I am just painting, things get changed, and that is okay with me. I like how it turned out though, so I will send it to someone. 

My watercolours are once again Daniel Smith watercolours. For the background I painted with Hooker's Green and Cobalt Blue. I added the colours, let it sit a bit then dapped with paper towel.

The leaves are done using Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Turquoise, Green Gold, Green Apatite and Quinacridone Pink. For the stems I used Sepia. To add the white bits I used Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White.

For the berries I used Pyrrol Scarlet shadowing with Alizarin Crimson and for the stem Sepia.

I have the Daniel Smith Half Pan Mixing Set, linked below, which has the Pyrrol Scarlet and Alizarin Crimson in it. This is a great set to start out with as it is a mixing set, hence you can get mix all kinds of colours. This is how I was introduced to Daniel Smith watercolours. The set includes:

Buff Titanium, Burnt Sienna, Cerulean Blue Chromium, Goethite (Brown Ochre), Hansa Yellow Medium, Indian Red, Jane's Gray, Phthalo Blue (Green Shade), Phthalo Green (Blue Shade, Quinacridone Gold, Pyrrol Scarlet, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Rose, Ultramarine Blue, Raw Umber, plus one travel case with 15 empty pans.

To finish up my card I die cut the Joy sentiment and shadow, glueing the pieces together with Nuvo Adhesive, then attached to my card front using a foam square.

Needless to say I had a lot of fun painting this card. It is so relaxing to get lost in these kind of watercolour cards. 

I hope you have also enjoyed this post and I thank you for your visit today.

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Tuesday, 17 November 2020

This is Noel, my watercolour card for the Watercolour Wednesday challenge at Splitcoaststampers. This week we are doing easy Christmas cards, and this was easy. We have a video that I can share with you here.

First up, I cut the Arches cold press watercolour paper to size and embossed using one of my Penny Black dies. I then taped off my shape for the tree with the help of my Misti ruler. I measured the cut piece finding the centre for the top, then measured from each side in for the bottom. I marked the spots with dots and used tape to mask it off.

I used Daniel Smith watercolours to paint my tree. Instead of doing the sway painting I did straight painting with shifting angles. I tried for a few more blooms, as I think they would add to the tree, but typically, when I want a bloom I can't get one.

In the video she did not do a tree trunk, but I decided I would, using a small sentiment from one of my Penny Black stamp sets. I picked Noel to use. 

Placing the card in my Misti, I lined up the first Noel in the centre right below the tree, and stamped with VersaMark embossing ink then heat embossed with Gold embossing powder. I then moved the card up 1/4 inch using the lines on my mini Mouse pad, which I have inside my mini Misti and repeating the process. I did this three times, which I think make for the perfect trunk.

Again I made sure all was dry before attaching the panel to my Gina K Design card base in Christmas Pine.

I got my Gansai Gem paints out again as I forgot to paint the star at the top of the tree, again using the Gold.

 I am happy with how this card turned out. It is an easy technique so I hope you will give it a try.

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Winter Snow


I love the bear and the snowman in this set from Penny Black Stamps. And ofcourse, the Bunny is pretty darn cute as well. 

I felt this needed to be coloured with Copic markers, which for me is not as time consuming as watercolour is, and as I was a bit tight for time today, I went with the Copics.

Using Neenah cardstock and in my mini Misti I stamped the image using Memento Ink in Jet Black. I started to colour the snowman first, using:

 B000, B00 and B21 with BV25 on the stones for the mouth,
 E37 on the twig arms,
for the scarf I used YR07, YR09 and YR18,
and the nose is done with YR07 and YR68.

For the Bunny I used E11, E50, E51,
for his cheeks I used R20,
and in the ears and on the bottom of his feet. I used YR02,
with the scarf having YG07 and G14.

On the Top Hat I used BV25 and 0 Blender,
with the YG07 and G14 on the ribbon.

For the Bear I used YR24, E23, E35 and E99,
for the scarf and top part of hat I used R05 and R17, waiting a bit then applying a second layer of R17,
on the fur parts I used E40 along with a layer of Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Opal Quartz,
and for the snow on the ground I used B21 and the Opal Quartz again.

Once I was finished with all the colouring, I die cut two pieces of the Winter sentiment and coloured one with Copic B21. I added Nuvo adhesive to the blue sentiment and glued the white on top keeping the blue showing for shadowing.
(I am not sure who made the Winter die, but it is several years old.)

To do the embossing I used a very old Sizzix Embossing folder called Snow Drops, which is not around anymore and embossed the front of my card base. 
(I was sorting through embossing folders this past weekend, cleaning them out, and when I got to this one I decided it was a keeper. I very much like the way the snow falls on this folder, getting lighter towards the bottom, albeit it doesn't show as I added the panel to my card.)

I also used the embossing folder on the little scene I created, and where the snow drops fell on the animals I used my white gel pen, having it appear like snow drops, then attached the panel to my card base.

To finish I attached the Winter sentiment, again using Nuvo Adhesive.

I really like how it turned out, and I hope you do as well. 

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