Saturday, March 27, 2021

March Christmas Challenges

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing another card using a recent technique I learned, which I call sponge bleeding.  I used small blender brushes through the Poinsettia stencil (Tim Holtz).  Once finished, I removed the stencil and used the same colour to add a light haze over each element.  It gives a blurry, dreamy effect and also fills in most of the white space. I added a black sentiment border using Christmas sentiments (Penny Black), heat embossed in my NBUS silver pearl embossing powder.  Love it!

Simple and easy techique that gives great results.

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I'm sending this card over to three different Christmas challenges for March.  Playing along helps me to build my Christmas card stash so I'm not pressured in the fall.  Works for me!




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Jessie sharing ice cream cone with Violeta
This picture was taken yesterday in our back yard.
Jessie and Vi rarely share anything, but neither was going to miss
out on the delicious ice cream cone. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Christmas Sentiments (Penny Black)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Black card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:   Disress Inks:  Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories:   Poinsettia Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz); Oval nestability (Spellbinders), blending brushes, Silver Pearl embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool

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28 comments:

Heather said...

This technique does create a soft dreamy effect; it's so pretty. I need to get a Christmas card done this month, that is my goal to add a minimum of one each month!

Susan said...

Adorable photo of Jessie and Vi - I sure do miss seeing both of them!

Love your sponge bleeding with the beautiful poinsettia stencil. I need to give it another try as I wasn't that happy with my first results. Great card design too with the oval die cut and the silver embossed sentiment.

I Card Everyone said...

Super duper fun, Loll!! I love that hazy look!! It really pops from that bright white surrounding it!
=]

Cathy said...

Such a pretty effect Loll, the poinsettias look lovely framed in the circle, Cathy x

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Mac Mable said...

Such a dreamy effect with your beautiful Christmas card Loll x. Thank you so much for sharing the cute photo of Jessie and Violeta and I am so glad Jessie is Ok after her operations....I hadn't dared ask how she was but I am sending hugs x.

conil said...

Ooooh, so very ethereal looking...lovely card using this technique. Great pic of the dogs enjoying their creamy treat. No one misses out on ice cream in out house either.

Bonnie said...

How sweet that Jesse & Viola are sharing the ice cream cone! Love your poinsettias and the dreamy look of the ink blending with the stenciling! Love this technique!

Robyn Oliver said...

Wonderful soft effect Loll, have to try this technique... a beautiful beautiful card. Lovely photo of Jesse and Vi, could do with an ice cream here it is so hot and humid. Hope all is well, hugs Robyn

Papercraft Boutique said...

What a beautiful poinsettia stenciled card, Loll!
I love that the light haze makes the flowers look like they're glowing. Great naming (Sponging Bleeding) of the technique!
So happy to see Jessie and Violeta enjoying the ice cream cone together!
Hideko xx

Pat said...

Gorgeous Loll! I love the TH stencil, one to put on the list I think, and the techniqiue you used really does give a wonderful blurry effect and love the oval die cut shape, and then finished with a lovely contrasting embossed silver pearl on black sentiment. x

Christine Alexander said...

The card is gorgeous Loll, this was such a fun technique. I love how the blending softens the image.
Violetta and Jessie look as thought they're loving that ice cream :)

Carol L said...

What a great technique used on this pretty Christmas card! That silver pearl embossing powder is some pretty cool stuff too! How sweet of your dogs to share - most don't share when it comes to food! LOL

Anita in France said...

Dreamy and so pretty, Loll ... the crisp black sentiment strip is so striking againt the soft halo'd stencilling! Hugs, Anita :)

Marcia Hill said...

Such a BEAUTIFUL card Loll and a technique that I still need to try! So many new stamps to play with lately and not enough time...could I be buying too much??? Nah...not possible!! Haha!! LOVE the picture of Jessie and Violetta sharing the ice cream cone...that is just too sweet!! Hugs. :0)

Shona Erlenborn said...

This is a lovely card. That technique is quite stunning! Thanks for joining in the challenge over at Christmas Craft Creations.

Jenny L said...

Hi Loll,
Happy Rudolf Days.
Oh this is such s lovely technique and the colours are so pretty.
Love the shape it looks like an Egg so it's Christmas and Easter rolled into one.
Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

HilaryJane said...

That technique is really effective, I think I will have to try it, but I think I might struggle as it messes up the lovely clean line of the stencil! I do love the soft effect though xx

Ros Crawford said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Your card and those fur babies!

Bunny said...

Beautiful card. Love the picture of the dogs sharing an ice cream. [Bunny]

BożenA said...

What a dreamy effect !! This technique is great. I must try it sometime. Your Easter card is beautiful, she makes a great impression.
Two sweeties :-) Great photo and a funny scene caught in the frame.
hugs,
BożenA

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous stenciled poinsettia, Lolly. I love your new technique, which I have on my wishlist to try. Wonderful added sentiment for your CAS design too. TFS the really cute and yummy photo of Jessie and Vi too. Amazing that they were willing to share...maybe they knew they must eat the ice cream quickly before it melted into the grass and they would not get anything:-) TFS your links too. Love and Hugs, Nancy

linda said...

very dreamy and classic! I love the sentiment popped on a black background too! thank you so much for playing along with us at the March Rudolph Days Challenge.
Linda, DT

Viv said...

Such a glorious card here Loll, I love the sweet doggie pic too ;) hugs Viv xx

scrappymo! said...

This is a lovely technique and card. Something about it gives it a vintage feel too!

holly on a card is a good substitute!

Barb Ghig said...

Love this fun pic of the 'girls' sharing their ice cream cone...so cute :)
Gorgeous card, Loll! I love the dreamy effects of this technique and how beautifully it works with the Poinsettia's and holly leaves! Love that you chose the oval panel, too...Another really gorgeous card! xx

Twórcze pasje Danki said...

Cute Christmas card. Thank you for joining us on the Christmas Craft Creations Challenge

Danka
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Leslie Miller said...

I cannot resist this pic of Jessie and Violetta! So cute and furry and it looks like a beautiful day. Thank you for sharing that sunshine! I'm becoming more and more intrigued by this stenciling and sponging technique. Your card is just so soft and lovely!