Thursday, January 04, 2018

Holly for Merry Monday

Hi everyone.  Today I'm playing along with the first challenge of the year at Merry Monday (#271 - Embossing).  The challenge is being run by my dear friend Linda.


Dry embossing is something that I rarely use.  Not sure why ... I just completely forget about this wonderful technique that adds so much texture and dimension to cards.  I'm using some gifted dry embossed backgrounds that I've had for AGES!!  Thanks to my sweet friends Susan and Bonnie for providing the perfect backdrops for my watercoloured holly. :)

This holly is die-cut from hot press watercolour paper and watercoloured with distress inks.  A few details have been added with distress markers (veins in the leaves, outlining the berries).  I tried to leave a white spot on each berry, but somehow I managed to watercolour completely over top of a couple, so used a white gel pen to add the spots of white afterwards.  Happy with how it turned out.  I also diluted white acrylic paint to splatter over top to create the look of snow.  For the final touch, I stamped my black sentiment banner with white pigment ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

For the second card, it is mostly the same except I switched out the dry embossed background for falling snow, and used watercolour pencils to add details to my holly and berries.  The watercolour pencils give a subtle look and blend better than the distress markers.  Learned something new, which is always good.


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Just a quick reminder about the
Starts on Jan. 10th!
See you there!







Stamps:  Christmas Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Watercolour paper (Arches 140 lb. hot press); Black
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Walnut Stain, Candy Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany (Tim Holtz); Derwent watercolour pencils
Accessories & Tools:  holly & berry branch die (Penny Black), water brush, white gel pen, white acrylic paint, paint brush for splattering, white embossing powder, heat tool, dry embossed background gifted from friends

Challenges:
Merry Monday #271 - Embossing

38 comments:

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Two beauties with that holly, Loll - just love your coloring & those yummy embossed backgrounds! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday!!

Judy1223 said...

Wow, Loll, these are both so beautiful! Saw this in the pool at Merry Monday...the holly and berries just pop against the crisp, white backgrounds! I love both dry embossed backgrounds, too...I'm a big fan of dry embossed card bases, so these are really fabulous in my book!

Barb Ghig said...

Two really gorgeous cards, Loll! I think you've done an amazing job adding dimension to the holly leaves and texture on both backgrounds! Beautiful details, as well! Looks like you're off to a great start with your 2018 Christmas card collection :)

Cindy C. said...

Gorgeous cards!! That holly branch looks stunning!!

nancy littrell said...

Both your watercolored die cut holly cards are so gorgeous, Loll. I love your dry eb backgrounds. I know what you mean, I do not use the dry eb backgrounds very often either and I have LOTS of them! TFS my friend. Hugs

Susan said...

Both are fabulous - the holly looks great against the embossed backgrounds. And it's neat to see the difference between the Distress ink and the watercolour pencil watercolouring. I'm using an embossing folder too for my Merry Monday card - need to remember to use them more often!

LeAnne said...

You are an ARTIST! This is gorgeous, so realistic, it jumps right off the page! Beautiful!

Betty Keefe said...

two beautiful cards to start off the collection of Christmas cards for 2018!! love both of them - the holly embossing on the first one is especially pretty! don't remember if i wished you a happy 2018 - have a great one!!

Bonnie said...

We had a similar idea for this challenge, my friend. Hopefully I can get the photos edited and join in before the challenge ends! Love this holly and how you've colored it! The white dots and splatter look fantastic!

Nancy Stislow said...

WOW! Talk about some incredibly beautiful watercoloring! These both are amazing and your painting stole the show! The berries are gorgeous with your highlighting too. I did get a bit of a giggle when you tried to leave white space. Don't think I've ever successfully left white space when watercoloring either. Your embossed backgrounds are the perfect backdrop for this exceptional artwork!

Christine Alexander said...

Two stunners, the white embossed background is the perfect frame for those gorgeous holly sprigs look amazing. By the way I'm looking forward to the TWOFER challenge :)

Colleen said...

Wow Loll, these are both outstanding. I can't pick a favorite because they are both perfectly gorgeous! Well done with the technique and I love your background on both!! Thank you for playing with us at Merry Monday!!

samantha's cards said...

Such lovely holly cards, both are beautiful.

Julia Aston said...

A wonderful embossed background for your gorgeous holly Loll! The berries look real and they just pop off the screen along with the lovely green of the leaves - beautiful job on this! Julia xx

Maxine D said...

A wonderful and very 'fresh' looking card Loll - love the texture the embossing adds.
Blessings
Maxine

Darnell said...

Your stunning hollies would melt my heart no matter what background you used, Lolly, but you have sure given them backgrounds to make them even prettier!! I love these! Hugs, Dolly

Ina Grehan said...

Both cards are simple and so so stunning in their own right Loll. Love the splatters and the white gel spots - adds so much interest. Looking forward to seeing the Twofer Team's designs soon. Darnell has certainly picked a talented lot.

Julie B said...

Love your embossed backgrounds and that holly twig is gorgeous. :)

Jeanne said...

Both cards look fantastic, Loll! I do really like the texture dry embossing adds. The holly leaves are such a pretty color! Thanks for sharing!

Bożena Adamusińska said...

This is another exceptionally beautiful cards, Loll! I stuttered when I saw her. Great vibrant colors. I love the embossed background that beautifully displays the twig of holly. Black bangle with fondness fits the whole perfectly. And I love white splatter on holly. Everything together is simply stunning !!!

Notes by Nina said...

Beautiful card, the holly looks wonderful again the textured background. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Marcia HIll said...

Both of these are SOOO pretty Loll...I just love the vivid greens and red against the white embossed backgrounds! Lovely, lovely cards! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday!! :0)

Anita in France said...

You always create so much dimension with your colouring, Loll, no matter which medium you use ... these holly sprigs are both stunning ... delicious against the lovely background texture! Hugs, Anita :)

Viv's Visuals said...

Oh my Loll. I have to have this stamp. Two stunning creations. x

Linda said...

Two beauties here Loll ..... I love the holly die (the shopping list has started!) The embossed backgrounds look amazing, especially the falling snow xx

Birgit said...

Two stunning cards Loll! Love the holly leaves and berries die. I may have to add that one to my cart on my next shopping trip. ;0) Thanks for enabling me my friend!

Mac Mable said...

Those holly leaves look so realistic and absolutely stunning. Gorgeous colouring and the pop of red is beautiful! Yes I forget about dry embossing too and I really don't know why either! x

Mrs A. said...

A really impressive card with the embossed background. Hugs Mrs A. (ValeryAnne).

Linda said...

Loll, this is so gorgeous. Love your holly leaves on the beautiful embossed background. Thanks for joining my first challenge this week at Merry Monday.

Papercraft Boutique said...

Amazing holly branch(es), Loll! Stunning coloring with distress ink and markers and watercolour pencils! The background emboss designs make a difference in the overall atmosphere - the first card: more festive and livelier, and the second card: quieter and more gentle. Glad to see both versions! Hideko

Bobby said...

That holly is amazing, Loll, especially the berries that have so much dimension. Your snow spatters look wonderful. Mine always seem to disappear into the card.

Trina P. said...

Wow. So striking. The embossed background is so pretty behind your stunning holly. Love this, Loll.

Susan Joyce said...

Stunning Christmas cards Loll, lovely embossing folders and your sprigs of holly are gorgeous. Thanks for playing at Merry Monday this week.

Sheila H said...

These really wow me!

Daria C. said...

These are so beautiful. I had to pin both of them. Thank you for sharing the details.

Karen D. said...

Love how these turned out!! so well done mf
xx Karen

Pat said...

I love the way you have coloured both sprigs of holly Loll and the two different embossed backgrounds go beautifully. x

Heather T said...

This is so bright and pretty popped up on the pretty white background.