Sunday, November 30, 2014

Joyful Poinsettia


Hi everyone.  Second post for today! ;)  Click HERE to see my first post for the December Sketch Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.

There's a special challenge being hosted by the lovely Kylie (Kylie is Addicted to Stamps).

She is holding a Christmas card challenge on her blog.  The prize ... a personalized watermark and signature for the winning entry (worth $40 US).




If you aren't aware, Kylie has started up a new business designing watermarks, signatures and blog headers.  Kylie generously offered the service to her Design Team members (including me) ... so you can see the beautiful watermark above that she made for me ---- I LOVE IT!!  And I love my new signature file that is just a little below. Same vine and font, but with colour ... so pretty!! :)

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I can't take credit for the beautiful design of my card for today.  This is a blatant copy of my friend Ingrid's card which can be found HERE.  Isn't her card gorgeous!! :)  My jaw hit the floor when I saw it and I had to make one for myself.  Thanks for sharing your gorgeous creations Ingrid!  I made a few minor changes ... moving the poinsettia to the bottom of the card, and including a red stamped sentiment (which doesn't show up well in the photo because of all the glittery embossing ... it looks much clearer in real life).  I didn't follow Ingrid's technique for the background totally.  I used the cling wrap, versamark and gold embossing powder, but instead of laying the cling wrap over the card front, I scrunched the wrap up and then pounced it into a versamark ink pad and then pounced it onto the card front before adding the gold embossing powder.  Love the look!

The poinsettia is watercoloured with distress inks (Barn Door, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany) using the wet-on-wet technique (click HERE to see a video tutorial on how I do this wet-on-wet watercolouring).  I added some mustard seed distress ink to the center of the flower for background colour, and then coated it with gold stickles.  So pretty!!

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Come and join in the fun.  Make a Christmas card (any style) and link to Kylie's blog post HERE for a chance to win a personalized watermark and signature.  There's lots of time to play along ... the challenge is open until Dec. 21st.  Don't miss out!! :)


I'm entering this card (second entry) for the Time Out challenge (#19 - embossing with an optional twist of sparkle).  I used heat embossing to make my golden, sparkly background.



Stamps:  Warm Wishes (Penny Black); Joy sentiment (Michael's)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Gold foil (SU!); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Real Red (SU), Versamark, Archival Black (Ranger); Distress inks:  Barn Door, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Mustard Seed (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water brushes, water mister, heat tool, cling wrap, gold embossing powder, clear embossing powder, gold cording, gold stickles


22 comments:

Susan said...

Love your adaptation of Ingrid's wonderful technique! Your card is gorgeous and I'm going to be CASEing it for sure!

Sandy Dehon said...

So very, very pretty!
Sandy xx

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is a great inspiration post to support Kylie, Lolly, and a magnificent card in every way! As a matter of fact, I had to call the Mister in for some CPR before I could type this comment!! (Hmm, that didn't sound right, but you know what I mean!) I shall participate and spread the word, too!! Hugs, Dolly

Kylie said...

Absolutely beautiful! The gold is stunning as the background for your poinsettia! Thanks for joining me in my Christmas Card challenge - much appreciated xx

Bonnie said...

I Love how you've done the background and that beautiful poinsettia! I have that stamp in a cart ready to order. I've already won Kylie's watermark, but I'm happy to support her. Love my watermark!

Donna Przybylowski said...

Just Gorgeous Loll, love it!!!
Hugs
Donna
Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!!

Linda said...

WOW! This is simply stunning! I love the vibrant colour of the poinsettia against that gorgeous delicate embossed background ... so pretty! Hugs Linda xx

sandie said...

I was wondering how you got the bacground to look like this! What a fun way to use embossing powder and it sure gives a stunning look x

Julie B said...

I also wondered how you did that background Loll. Love this card, so rich without being over the top! x

Lee-Anne said...

Stunning and I love how that background is done! And that poinsettia...wow, wow, wow! LOVE!

Brenda said...

Wow, this is a very elegant and stunning card Loll even if you did copy it, it's not totally the same. I love that look of the background and will have to give that a try myself. lol So many techniques, so little time! I love, love that poinsettia and have just gotten the TH one, so will have to try this color combo out and your wet technique. Simple stunning! Hugs, Brenda

Anita in France said...

The embossed gold background is just gorgeous, Loll ... thanks for sharing how you created it! It's so wonderful behind that beautiful poinsettia! Always delighted to have you play along with us at Time Out! Anita :)

Deepti said...

Wow!! the colors on poinsettia are mind blowing :)

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

"All that glitters" . . . is definitely gold in this case Loll, fabulous! Hazel x

cm said...

My comments are sounding repetitive, but I can't help it:your cards are always gorgeous and stunning! This one...I'm speechless. So beautiful...
Hugs~c

Vicki Dutcher said...

Such stunning color of that poinsettia! Beautiful card~

Barb Ghig said...

Your Poinsettia is so striking, and I love, love, love your background, Loll! I love all the sparkle on this card, too...so elegant!

Sarah Gray said...

What a fabulous card! Love the rich reds and golds and such an elegant design. Thanks for joining us at Time Out :)

Angela said...

I love poinsettias and I adore what you've done here!

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Oh Loll! This made me so happy! It really warms my heart when I make something and someone sooo talented CASEs it with their own twist. It means a lot to me to see that someone out there enjoys and tries techniques I come up with and that they PLAY! Your card is super-stunning! I love the background the way you did it... the whole card is wonderful! Thank you for the shout out too! :)
Hugs,
Ingrid xx

Lynn said...

Oh this is amazing. I love the contrast of the gold against the deep rich red. Thanks so much for playing with us at Time Out.

Mau xx said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!!! Beautiful!
xx