Friday, August 07, 2020

Santa Making a Delivery

Hi everyone.  Today I've had fun with another of my new Stamping Bella stamps.  This is called "Sneaky Yeti" because originally where was a Yeti peeking out from behind the cottage.  I masked him out.  I wanted to focus more on Santa, even though it's a small part of the image. :)

I'm playing along with Christmas Craft Creations this month where they want to see Christmas Characters.
I started by stamped my image onto mixed media paper in permanent black ink.  Heat set to make sure the ink was dry before watercolouring with distress inks.  My main colours are Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, and Mowed Lawn.  Once I had finished watercolouring with those colours, I used the leftover ink to create a smooshed background for my card.  An easy way to tie the colours all together.

I finished watercolouring and then fussy-cut the image.  I stamped the sentiment in red before assembling the card.  The main panel is popped up for dimension, as well as the fussy-cut image.  To finish I splattered with diluted white gouache paint, and even though I masked off my sentiment, it managed to get underneath and blur the lettering a bit.  Grrr!  I'm just going with it! :)

I've added a few finished touches such as gray shadows on all the snow area, followed by clear wink of stella --- love the shimmer of the snow!  Also added crystal drops to the Christmas lights and the windows to make them shine.

Close-up ...
Since this is a new-to-me stamp, I'm entering this card into the NBUS #17 Challenge gallery.

This was so much fun to make!

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Sharing a couple of Jessie photos :)
Jessie loves sticks! (photo by Alejandro Garcia)

Jessie so dog-tired she didn't notice her head was on the floor :)

Sneaky Yeti (Stamping Bella)
Merry Messages (Lawn Fawn)
Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media paper (140 lb.) - Blick Art Materials

Stamps:  Sneaky Yeki (Stamping Bella); Merry Messages (Lawn Fawn)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Versafine); Distres Inks:  Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, Mowed Lawn, Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs (Tim Holtz); Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Water mister, water brush, Clear Wink of Stella, Crystal Drops (Nuvo)

Christmas Craft Creatons July Challenge - Christmas Characters
NBUS #17


Viv said...

Jessie is simply adorable Loll! She must give you so much pleasure.
Rocked this Santa card my friend, perfect in every way! x

Pat said...

This little snowy cottage is beautiful Loll and love the Santa with his very large sack, and the light in the windows with the glossy accents over the top is a great idea and love the glittery snow and lovely sentiment to finish. x

Susan said...

Love the snowy cottage and the Santa on the roof - worth masking the Yeti out as it's great as you've done it. Love the crystal drops on the lights and window.

A fabulous photo of Jessie by Alex - he is such a good photographer!

Jeanne H said...

What a fun card, Loll, so cheerful. Love, love seeing pictures of Jessie. What a beautiful dog.

I Card Everyone said...

Oh Loll! This is just a precious card - and can't imagine how a Yeti could make it any better! Well done, YOU!
I surely enjoyed meeting Jessie today!

Robyn Oliver said...

A super cute Santa card, Loll, love how you used the leftover DI to create the background, really does create a wonderful atmosphere on your card.. I love it AND also those wonderful pics of Jessie, hugs and stay safe Robyn

Bonnie said...

Awesome coloring, my friend! Love this sweet cottage with Santa getting ready to deliver his gifts! The crystal drops on the window panes and Christmas lights and the sparkly snow make this really shine!

Christine Alexander said...

your little cottage looks amazing with Santa climbing out of the chimney, not sure what the yeti would have been doing down there :)
love the sparkle on the snow and glassy windows.

Jessie looks sooooo chilled on her bed :)

nancy littrell said...

Love how you used the same colors for your watercolored background as you used to color your stamped and heat embossed Winter scene. I noticed the Santa climbing down the chimney right away. A really fun Christmas card that will be perfect for Christmas lover of any age:-)TFS Lolly.

So fun seeing the new photos of Jessie too. Looks like she wore herself out playing with her favorite toys..sticks and socks:-) She looks so soft and pretty!! Love and Hugs to all the family. Nancy

kiwimeskreations said...

Fabulous card Loll! The sentiment looks as though snow flakes are melting on it! Loving the sparkle of the WOS gives
Stay safe

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

SAnta maybe a small part, but he certainly stands out, Love the house and your colouring and colour choices. Fabulous. As for your Jessie, she reminds me so much of my Abby.
Faith x

Brenda in IN said...

Oh Loll, I'm so happy to see Jessie. Her coat is beautiful and she looks so protective of her stick! Plum tuckered out and no wonder, playing is hard work. That cottage with it's Christmas lights is so pretty and Santa coming down the chimney is perfect.

Bonnie Lynn said...

I love your card!! Fantastic coloring on it too.

Mac Mable said...

Jessie sure looks like she had fun Loll! x.
What a wonderful Christmas card and such fun to mask the Yeti out!!.....Poor Yeti x......The background sure does tie in the whole card Loll and I love the image, the Santa and the pretty colour tones x. So annoying about the gouache splats and the sentiment but unless you said I would not have noticed x.....Such a fabulous and fun Christmas card Loll x.

Maria said...

A beautiful Christmas card!! Wonderful coloring and love the sweet Santa!! And, such a sweet photo of Jessie, so cute!!

Leslie Miller said...

I love when you color your Bella stamps! I think I like this one better without the Yeti. Brilliant idea! Fabulous coloring and love the background. I don't think there's anything wrong with the sentiment. It looks completely natural, like it had been snowed upon. You even glossed the windows! You know how I love to see Jessie pictures! She's such a darling, adorable little girl!

Brenda said...

Wow, I am so loving this card Loll! It is fun but yet classy at the same time. How clever to mask out the Yeti and make this a traditional Christmas card. Love how you have watercolored it too and love that you used the left over ink to make a smooshed background. The attention to the little details is perfect. Loving how that snow glistens and the lights/windows shine! You sentiment in red is perfect and pops to well. I didn't even notice there was a little blurring of the letters until you mention it! Yes, go with it because it is such a fabulous card, how can you not?! I am so in love with this card, it looks like the perfect Christmas Eve! Hugs, Brenda

Anita in France said...

Such a sweet little scene, Loll ... your shimmery snow covered cottage looks so inviting ... the detailing is wonderful ... Santa won't want to leave! Hugs, Anita :)

Darnell said...

Haha, "dog-tired!" We see the definition of that played out in front of our very eyes! As always, amazing photos of your beautiful girl by Alex! And your card is such fun and so detailed, Lolly! I can see it gracing the cover of a children's book!! Thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Love, Dolly

Lady Joyful said...

Wonderful card! Such a sweet cottage and beautiful background. Jessie looks like an absolute sweetheart. Thank you for joining us at Christmas Craft Creations - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT

Barb Ghig said...

Absolutely adorable Christmas card, Loll! Love your background and all of your wonderful details...and, I didn't even notice that you blurred the sentiment until you mentioned it :)

Jessie is just too CUTE! Our pup used to hang her head over the side of the bed, funny ~ xx

Linda said...

What a great way to use those stamps .... very creative.
Always love seeing pictures of Jessie .... she is just adorable xx

Chrissie said...

Just love that fabulous background Loll, and your Santa is the cutest!
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Christmas Craft Creations.

My Paper Epiphany said...

Oh I love the colours and the gorgeous scene! Much better without the yetti.

Ros Crawford said...

WOW!! It's amazing! I adore the colours and so beautifully done. Jessie is so adorable!

Papercraft Boutique said...

Beautiful watercoloring with perfect masking and fussy-cutting, Loll! The shades of green of the background are so pretty!
The picture of "dog-tired" Jessie made me chuckle. She's just like a little kid and so adorable!
Hideko xx

StampinwithAnita said...

I looked at this beautiful watercoloring and I knew it was a Loll card! Great reminder,too, to add your colors into the background. Love it!!!!

BożenA said...

I wonder how this Santa wants to pull that thick sack up the chimney? He'll have to work a lot with this :-) What a fun Christmas scene, Loll. The cut houses glued on the spacer foam add a beautifully extra dimension to the card.