Tuesday, October 17, 2006

'Tis the Season for Stampendous Joy

It is not quite after midnight yet . . . okay, it is only 10 pm, but I am tired and want to get this published on here as soon as I can . . . so this post counts as Tuesday's entry okay *wink* I am gonna fudge on the time a little bit. Just this once . . .

Okay, so I am finally giving in and starting to work on Holiday cards. It is mid October now, so that is totally legal right??? Basically, I was inkspired to start working on them because on Saturday on my mommy time, I found the most perfect stamp that I think I want to use on my Christmas cards this year. I wanted them to have a more religious theme to them, but I was struggling to find a stamp that would work, and I found this one from Stampendous.



The technique lovers challenge--TLC86-- was to use non-traditional colors on your seasonal card. So, I decided to make a Christmas card, not using red and green, or even blue for snow, but using brown, only brown. I am totally pleased with the results of this card! I love it. The layout was totally CASE'd from my favorites gallery -- where this one was located by Julia S. Thanks for the inkspiration girl. Mine turned out totally different than hers did, but you can see the resemblance still.

The main image is watercolored using a blender pen and the lid of the close to cocoa ink pad. I only used that one ink pad to watercolor, but as you can see there was great ability to shade with it. I used my glaze pen on the star to make it pop (you cannot really see that in the picture, but in real life it looks snazzy). The faux stitching was done using a chocolate chip marker and piercer. The SU "Linen" stamp was used to stamp the background in creamy caramel. Then I tied the ribbons (creamy caramel gingham, chocolate grosgrain, cream grosgrain) and stuck it all together. The "joy" sentiment is from SU "Small Script" which I think they retired, but I could not resist because I thought it would be perfect for this card. All in all, it came together rather nicely. I am excited to play with this stamp some more.

12 comments:

Denier said...

i love it! it's so wonderfully neutral. :)

Karen said...

love how this looks! can't wait to see more....maybe then I'll be inspired to work on my Christmas cards!! :)

texasjodylynn said...

That is BEAUTIFUL Manda! LOVE IT!

Jennie said...

Amazing. That's it. Just simply AMAZING :)

Jen said...

It's a beautiful Nativity card Manda!!! Love it!

Jessica (jessrose21) said...

Amanda, this is just darling! What a beautiful, touching card. Perfect.

JenMarie said...

Love this card! Great colors. It's so heartwarming!!

Debbie Olson said...

Amanda, it's perfect--layout, faux stitching, stamp choice, coloring--all of it!

dotty said...

This is very pretty. I love the monochromatic look to it! tfs :)

Anonymous said...

I saw this on SCS - it is great. I really like this stamp. I see it is from Stampendous. I need to find one - for next year. I have had a difficult time finding a Christmas stamp with a religious theme.

Dorothy aka etsdas said...

Sorry, I did not mean to be anon. (See post above). I am new at commenting on blogs.

Trish D said...

This is gorgeous - simple but striking. Thanks so much for sharing.