Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Peace, Love and Joy

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a Christmas card done with Stenciling Gesso and then sponging ink over top to create a soft, dreamy background (video by Eileen Godwin).  I have done this technique before ... click HERE or HERE. :)  

I used the beautiful Festive stencil from Tim Holtz, pouncing over top with a finger dauber sponge that had been dipped in a little gesso.  You need so little gesso for this technique.  It acts as a resist and once you sponge over top, the design appears.  I sponged with Salvaged Patina and Mowed Lawn for the background colours.  

The deer (Inspired - Penny Black) is die-cut from black card stock and I used the same to add a frame on two sides of my main panel before popping it up on foam to add dimension.  The sentiment (Christmas Sentiments - Penny Black) is stamped in black ink to finish.

Close-up ...
I'm sending this card over to the Rudolph Days January Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes.

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Stamps:  Christmas Sentiments (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Salvaged Patina, Mowed Lawn; Black (Memento)
Accessories:   Festive stencil, gesso, finger dauber, sponge brushes, Inspired die (Penny Black)

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30 comments:

I Card Everyone said...

This beautiful minty shade of green has been quite popular the last few days, Loll - gorgeous variations in your background! Just a stunning backdrop for this handsome stag!
=]

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

SO lovely and very calming. I was looking for a way to use gesso, thanks, I'll go and see the video.
Faith x

Sarn said...

A beautiful Christmas card with that lovely background. Happy Rudolph Day x

Susan said...

Love the subtle gesso stencilling for the background! A beautiful card!

Cat Craig said...

Lovely technique and the black adds a lovely pop

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful card Loll, I always love how the effect of blending over gesso'd image ♥

Bonnie said...

What an elegant deer and so perfectly paired with this gesso background, Lolly! Love it!

Bobby said...

Your background almost glows, Loll. So pretty beside that elegant deer.

Lisa Elton said...

I love the majestic deer and the wonderful shades of green! This is beautiful, Loll!

kiwimeskreations said...

Loll this is exquisite - love the soft background - it certainly is 'dreamy'! The black silhouette deer, sentiment and frame are a stunning contrast.
Blessings
Maxine

LesleyG said...

Love the soft background to the stag, another great technique I’m inspired to try xxx

Debbie said...

What an absolutely beautiful card!!!

Brenda said...

Such a beautiful card Loll, I am so loving that background. It is very dreamy like. That stag is so majestic as well and goes to well with the background. Hugs, Brenda

Leslie Miller said...

The softly sponged gesso is the dreamiest background for this whimsically magnificent stag, Loll. Beautiful with the partial mat and sentiment below. A wonderful addition to your Christmas card stash.

Jenny L said...

Hi Loll,
Happy Rudolf Days.
I love your wonderful card very fabulous design.
The stencilled background does look so dreamy in those colours used and your lovely proud Deer is gorgewous.
Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

Sue N said...

Wow, this is just beautiful, Loll! I love the soft colors of the background for the elegant, partially framed deer! Sue N

Pat said...

That sponged gesso stencilled background inked over the top makes a wonderful background to your black die cut deer Loll, and the partial frame is inspired and it looks great...finished with a lovely sentiment too. x

HilaryJane said...

This is amazing, that background is perfect and your silhouette deer sets it off perfectly. Love the black frame just on 2 sides too, it helps the background shine xx

Nstiz said...

LOVE this! That gorgeous background color stole the whole show on this card. Thank you for the link to learn this technique too. Your black die cut is such a great contrast for your background. Gorgeous card, Loll!

Papercraft Boutique said...

The soft gesso stenciled background is so beautiful and dreamy, Loll! The sponged ink colors are a wonderful contrast to the black stag silhouette. I love that you added a frame to only two sides. Wonderful design!
Hideko xx

Julia Aston said...

Oh, I just love the fade out of the gessoed stenciling on your background Loll, so pretty in the soft colors you used with the bold silhouette deer in front! Julia xx

Marcia Hill said...

WOW...this one is a STUNNER Lol! I love your background with the gesso and lightly sponged colors...a perfect backdrop for that silhouetted stag! Loving the black frame on just the 2 sides too! Wonderful card my friend!! Hugs. :0)

JoAnn said...

So pretty. Love the stenciling with Gesso and sponging ink over it - makes a lovely background for the stately looking deer. Perfect sentiment also. TFS

Ina G said...

Oh Loll this is beeeeeeeeeeautiful. Love the stenciled soft background in suxh lovely pastel colours. Handsome deer and love the half black framing. Really sets it off perfectly. Did I mention that I LOVE IT!

Sue - said...

Such a lovely card Loll. Love the background!

TK said...

Beautiful stag, and what a perfect technique for him to stand bold on. Wonderful card, Loll!

Robyn Oliver said...

Loll this is such a 'dreamy' pretty soft background for the silhouette deer feature... another great technique to try out.. Robyn

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful stenciled Gesso resist and sponged background for your die cut Stag Christmas card, Lolly. I love your choice of Distress colors for your added sponging and framing with just 2 black cardstock sides. Perfect CAS Christmas card for your 2023 stash, my friend. TFS Love and Hugs...Nancy

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Such a gorgeous card Loll, I love the bright green of the background with the black die cut against it. Thank for in joining fun at Rudolph Days this month.

Sue xx

scrappymo! said...

Love the way you used black to frame or mat two sides of the image. That is really eye-catching. The background is stunning as always. Perfect for your deer silhouette!
Thanks for taking part in the January Rudolph days Challenge.