Friday, April 03, 2015

Sparkle Christmas


Hi everyone.  Today I'm posting two Christmas cards for the Merry Monday #152 Challenge.  I have to have them on separate posts, so please check out my later post HERE, to see the second card.



And I'm posting both cards into the ATS&M #138 - Holiday Challenge.


I'm so excited to be using some homemade spray mists.  I watched this video tutorial by the Frugal Crafter and was hooked.  I bought the smallest quantity of spray bottles from Paper Mart (100 --- yes 100!).  Such a great deal, it made more sense for me to buy a lot and then I can make lots of sprays ... and use the bottles (they come with caps ... the sprayers are sold separately) to store little things like sequins, etc.  I used liquid watercolour concentrate (Dick Blick) mixed with water and then added in some frost paint (Tsukineko) for the shimmer.  The frost paint doesn't dissolve very well so I have to shake up the bottles each time I want to use them.  I'm have also used the pearl w/c concentrate and it's pretty, but not as frosty as the other.  Still more experimenting to do, but I'm having lots of fun! :)

I used two mists for my background of this card (Lime ... made by mixing two parts yellow and one part green; and turquoise).  It's so pretty and shimmery in real life, but doesn't show up in the photo well.  I wanted to have some falling snow, so splattered the sky with diluted white acrylic paint.  I added two die-cut snowbanks and a five-tier die-cut tree that I coated in dazzling details clear glitter glue for even more sparkle.  Oh, and I added a thin line of the glitter along the tops of the snow banks. :)

Here's a close up and hopefully you can see the sparkle a bit better ...



Hope you are all enjoying your Easter long weekend.  We are having the family for dinner tomorrow for a joint celebration of Easter and hubby's birthday!  Some of you know that I fell back in January and had surgery to repair my torn quadracept tendon. The healing has gone really well and so has rehab.  I'm now able to get around using a cane.  So I'll be in the kitchen tomorrow cooking the glazed ham and baking a green bean casserole.  My energy is limited and thankfully the family is helping out with bringing the rest of the meal .. I'm so lucky! :)

Happy Easter!








Stamps:  Snowman Sayings (Amy R)
Paper:  White card base (Neehan); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Yellow, green and turquoise liquid watercolour concentrate (Dick Blick), spray bottle, water, white acrylic paint, paintbrush, Snow Drifts dies (My Favorite Things), Snow Covered Stacker Tree dies (Dee's Distinctively), dazzling details clear glitter glue (SU!)

Challenges
Merry Monday #152
ATS&M #138 - Holiday


25 comments:

Kristie Goulet said...

Love your background and the gorgeous tree die cut! Thank you for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

Barbara said...

What a gorgeous card - it leaves me speechless! The background is sublime - it looks like Northern Lights!

paper bag create said...

Beautiful card!! Love that diecut tree! TFS. :)

KimCreate said...

Oh so pretty! Always loved that tree die. The background is beau-ti-ful!

Jacquie said...

This one is stunning too Loll, love them both.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx
http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

Marcia HIll said...

I think all your cards are always so pretty, but WOW...this one is just SO stunning Loll! I think I'd be framing this one! :0) And thank you for the link on how to do this type of background...I will definitely be checking it out. Easter blessings to you and your family!

Carol said...

That background is stunning Loll and makes a gorgeous card. Enjoy your weekend. Carol x

Susangail Powell said...

This is GORGEOUS!!!!

MaryH said...

Awesome! The combination of your color mixing really yielded such pretty colors. Love the 'snow' and that tree is just gorgeous on this one. I can see the sparkle in this, good idea to add the T. frost.(which I bought after seeing you use it!). TFS & Happy Easter.

Susan said...

Fabulous take on the photo for the Merry Monday challenge! I love it. The frost is a great addition to the spray, and really goes well with the dazzling details!

Julie B said...

Love the homemade sprays. I bought some the other day to make some spray with Brusho but haven't had a chance to play yet!

Bonnie said...

Wow! This is gorgeous, Loll! I love this background and the diecut tree is going to have to go on my wish list! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

Anita in France said...

That background is awesome, Loll ... all shimmery and gorgeous with that delicious tree! Anita :)

Julia Aston said...

I just love this tree - I have it too - it's lovely here with the sparkle and your wonderful background! I'm glad you are getting better Loll - I did not know you had been injured - missed that somehow! Wishing you a Blessed Easter my friend!

cm said...

I'm blown away (again) with your artistry, Loll! The background you've created is incredible; a perfect setting for the lovely tree! So glad to hear that you're on the mend! Enjoy your family dinner immensely!
Hugs~c

Ingrid said...

LOVE your card Loll! That background is SO pretty - as is the tree. Enjoy your weekend with your family - that ham sounds delicious! :)

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

So pretty and so perfect!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Merry Monday.

Deanne :)

Dana said...

Wow!!This is gorgeous!! I love the background!! Thanks for playing along with us at Addicted to Stamps and More!!

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Stunning background! Very pretty card. Xx

Karen Mead said...

Your card looks stunning Loll and I love your sparkly background:) so happy you joined us this week at ATSM xx

Barb Ghig said...

Your turquoise and lime background is absolutely stunning, Loll! I also love the layers on the tree and how you added sparkle to this card...it's so pretty!

Rahmat said...

What a stunning background Loll, and the tree looks fabulous, so glad to see you at ATSM.

Lee-Anne said...

Wow...I love this, Loll! Your background is amazing! So happy you could join us at ATSM!

Brenda said...

Wow, wow, wow! This is such a beautiful card Loll. I am so loving your homemade mists, makes such a fun background. I will have to watch that tutorial. Love the shimmer and sparkle on this card as well. Hugs, Brenda

Cheryl S. said...

Love both of these cards and have made homemade sprays before. Can you tell me if you are still using the frost paint and where did you purchase it? Would perfect pearls work as well? I appreciate your help!!