Sunday, December 03, 2023

Christmas cards using Elegant Writer

Hi everyone.  A couple of months ago I posted a card using Elegant Writer to create the background behind my pine branch.  It's an interesting pen that contains dye ink (mix of green and red) to create a black marker until you add water.  Then the other colours appear. :)  Magical!  I used the pen for my three cards for today ...

I kept the colour palette simple by using red and green inks, along with one that uses just the writer pen to colour my main image.  It was so much fun!  

Close-up ...
The above card uses a Magenta stamp (floral holiday trio),stamped in shadow grey archival ink (very light colour) onto cold press watercolour paper.  I outlined the squares and main images of each panel using my Elegant Writer.  I added water to activate the outline of the three images and carried that colour to the background of each square.  Once dry, I used Distress Inks (Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn) to add colour to the images.  I splattered with diluted white acrylic paint and set the panel aside.

I stamped the sentiment (Believe from Penny Black) in white pigment ink and heat embossed in white onto my black card panel.  I used this same sentiment on all my cards today. :)

I tore a second piece of black card stock and popped it up on the black card front before fussy-cutting the three squares and popping them on top of the torn strip.  I love how it turned out.

Sending the above card to Peace on Earth Challenge #53.

And then ...

Repeated the same technique using Berry Wreath (Memory Box - already retired - haven't had it very long) on cold press watercolour paper.    I tried to leave more white space, but I definitely need practise with that. :)

And last, an interesting poinsettia using just the Elegant Writer.
I stamped the poinsettia (Radiant Red by Penny Black) with vintage photo distress ink and then outlined with the Elegant Writer.  I added a poinsettia dry embossed background (Scenic Poinsettia Embossing Folder - Spellbinders) and black sentiment banner to finish.

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Stamps:  Floral Holiday Trio (Magenta); Believe (Penny Black)
Paper:   Cold Press Watercolour Paper (Arches - 140 lb.); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:   Shadow Grey Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Elegant Writer pen, watercolour paint brushes, fine mister

Stamps:  Berry Wreath (Memory Box - retired)
Paper:   Cold Press Watercolour Paper (Arches - 140 lb.); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:   Shadow Grey Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Elegant Writer pen, watercolour paint brushes, fine mister

Stamps:  Radiant Red (Penny Black); Believe (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Cold Press Watercolour Paper (Arches - 140 lb.); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Vintage Photo (stamping image); Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Scenic Poinsettia Embossing Folder (Spellbinders); Elegant Writer pen, watercolour paint brushes, fine mister


Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Three stunning cards with that elegant writer technique, Loll - so dramatic and I love your watercoloring!! The poinsettia atop embossed poinsettias is my fave, I think, but they're all amazing!!

TK said...

Amazing! Your cards are beautiful, and the use of the pens are so intriguing, Loll. Really great cards and a couple of dramatic ones, as well

nancy littrell said...

OMG..# beautiful artsy Christmas cards using your Elegant Writer Pens, Lolly:-) I am thrilled to have received your 2nd Gorgeous Wreath card for Christmas...Wow..a Stunning card and now I know how you created this beauty. What amazing and beautiful techniques on all 3 of your beauties, dear friend. Love and Hugs...and Happy Holidays. Nancy

Bonnie said...

I LOVE that I have the first card to study and enjoy, my sweet friend! Three wonderful examples using the Elegant writer! I can't wait to try this technique. I don't think you need more practice at all!

Lisa Elton said...

It might be a special pen, but I think being in your hand is where the magic happened! These are amazing, Loll and so pretty!

Susan said...

These are so beautiful, Loll. Lovely shading in all of them. Love the elegant and sophisticated look of the black (grey) and white one.

Julie B said...

Three elegant, artsy cards Loll. I've not come across these pens before, may just have to have a closer look. :)

Marcia Hill said...

All three of these cards are STUNNING Loll! I've never heard of the Writer Pen but I sure do love the look it gives and can see why you had so much fun with it!! It gives an almost ethereal look to all of your cards and I'm absolutely loving it! Lovely, lovely cards my friend!! Hugs. :0)

Bobby said...

I'm still not sure how that pen works but I sure do like the results, Loll. The images on the black card are so vibrantly beautiful. Loving the other two as well.

Cat Craig said...

Gorgeous creations Loll. Glad you had fun with your pens.

Nstiz said...

These are beautifully done, Loll and after looking up an Elegant writer I'm in awe of the colors you achieved from it. Love all three cards!

My Paper Epiphany said...

These cards are all exceptional! I love the drama of the black cards!

Heather said...

These are so cool and dramatic. The contrast is fabulous. I need to get my elegant writer out and play with it. It's been a while.

Linda said...

Three beautiful Christmas cards, this pen looks fabulous! I especially love the poinsettia design, so elegant xx

HilaryJane said...

That is such a cool effect. I love it xx

BożenA said...

I've never heard of this Elegant Writer. But the effect is truly amazing. These are stunning cards, completely unique.

nancy littrell said...

I did it!! After receiving your beautiful 2nd Christmas Wreath card...I now have a set of 4 pens..different sized nibs and a single pen with the smallest nib...I can't wait to play..actually...I have already started. Always fun playing with new products. BTW..I went to Christine's and Susan's blogs to see their beautiful artsy Elegant Writer cards. I just searched Elegant Writer Cards and got several beautiful examples..Wow!!! You girls sure do inspire me:-) Love and Big Hugs...Nancy