here's how I got started...

here's how I got started...
a 20 minute podcast by Crazy BeYOUtiful

Friday, September 5, 2014

make it merry...

it may be 88 outside with 95% humidity...
but I'm thinking CHRISTMAS!

here's some photos & the steps if you want to get an early start on your cards...

grab a sheet of tim's  watercolor card stock...
I cut it to 4 x 5 inches...
and a 3 x 4 gridblock...

work on the laser etched side...
you will feel the lines/grooves...

swipe the mini tumbled glass pad on the gridblock & swipe the evergreen bough just on the edges...
mist with water...


and press onto the center of the watercolor cardstock...
I like the smooth side for this...

the top is the first generation inking & the one I'll use today...

there was still enough ink leftover to create a lighter second generation for later play...


stamp the tree using leaf green, fern green & tree branch...
I added the fern green to the tips of the branches...


next, stamp the sentiment with jet black archival in the lower right corner...


stencil the small tree using fern green archival & the mini blending tool...


and now it looks like this...


use jet black to stamp the holly in the top right corner...


place the coordinating SiSi stencil over the leaves and ink with leaf green & fern green...


now the holly leaves look like this...


replace the stencil over the berries & ink with carnation red...


so far we have this...


swipe the iced spruce marker onto the craft sheet & use the detailer water brush to add a shadow under the holly...


grab a black fude ball pen & doodle around the inked background to add definition & create a frame...


replace the stencil over the holly leaves & use the mini mesh stamp with watering can archival to add the pattern to the leaves...
the mini mesh is one of the 9 squares from the large collage background stamp...


the leaves look like this after being stamped...

use tumbled glass to add shading to the edge...


use watering can to stencil the yikes stripes inside the frame...


to add some tiny inky dots, swipe the iced spruce marker on the craft sheet, pick up the color with the detailer water brush & tap over the card...
you can also use the marker spritzer to add the little dots of color...
 

the dots are a very small detail...but they do add interest & they help to unify the card...

 add more doodling...


use jet black to stencil the large star...


 add 3 x's with the tiny attacher...
 the photo shows test driving the card to see if I want to add it to a green card or black...
99% of the time black wins...
shocking!



I added Ranger's new adhesive foam tape to the back before adding it to the black card...
super convenient & it sticks very well...
and it's BLACK!


now replace the stencil & add translucent embossing paste over just the berries & set it aside to dry...

the paste goes on cloudy...


and dries to create nice clear raised shiny berries...


to finish off the big tree, I added a remnant rub and also a DEC25 remnant rub on top of my sentiment...

here's the finished card...
ahhh...that was FUN!


did you notice that no brown was used?

as a side note...

NOTE TO SELF...

always double check before posting...

autocorrect changes FUDE BALL to

RUDE BALL...

that made me laugh...

have a great weekend...

I hope you have some time to...

make art!
wendy



30 comments:

Gabrielle said...

Love this Wendy - lots of fun techniques! Not sure I fancy using a rude ball pen...!!! ;)

Vic said...

Fabulous card!

Bagheera Cat Designs said...

Love it. At first glance I thought the pens were called fudge balls, haha. But it has quickly become one of my favorite pens.

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Great techniques,Wendy, TFS, Love the card!!

Helen said...

oh fab card, Wendy!! not seen the pens - either rude ones or fude ones - over here, sounds like they're good though.

SusanK said...

Gorgeous! Had planned on a rather complicated holiday card this year but maybe I'll rethink that after seeing your card. Got my pen on order; can't wait to try it out!

MaryBeth said...

Love this! Have all the supplies, so will definitely be trying.

Claudine Criner said...

What a beautiful project Wendy, I love your take on the Christmas cards. I will have to make a few of these myself.

Linda Bell said...

Love it Wendy, I'm going to give it my twist, which I don't know what that is yet :*

Debby said...

Love your card. Need to come up with an idea for this year since last year I started so late with my cards. Go Bears!

Lisa said...

Ha - rude ball makes me laugh, too!! What a gorgeous card!! It amazes me the amount of detail you can get into a basically flat card...it's stunning!! Have a great weekend :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Marci said...

Cute Christmas card! I like the edge you did with the rude, no fude ball pen. :))

Rea' said...

Still smiling... just love the technique you make it look so simple ! I love the details !!

Scrapthat said...

LOL...I"m pretty sure there are worse things it could have auto corrected to Wendy!
Very cute little card Wendy!! tfs

Sue C said...

Fabulous card Wendy! Love the auto correct on the Fude Ball...lol.. Sue C x

Dorothy said...

Awesome!!!

Wanda Hentges said...

A wonderful card, Wendy!!!

Dianne said...

Loved this card. Every step made it better, and better, and better!

stamping sue said...

same here....90 outside with 98% humidity but I will be doing halloween and christmas cards this weekend. I'll try not to use brown but as you know it's hard.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

Redanne said...

A beautiful card Wendy and I do love the black and the way you have done those berries.

Julia Aston said...

Wow! love this Wendy - and I think I have almost all of these supplies so I can make one too!! whoo hoo!!

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

That is a gorgeous card.

Barbara said...

Lovely, beautiful and creative card. All the details add up to......spectacular, that's the word I want. Thanks for sharing and the rude ball pen is funny!

Carol McCready said...

Gorgeous card. Love those colors.

Evelyn S. said...

Fabulous card! However, it would have to be going to someone extremely special for me to go through all your wonderful steps. ;-) So beautiful.

Heidi said...

Great card, so many techniques! Still giggling about the rude ball!

Anita Houston said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! This is gorgeous! I dub you the stencil layering queen!!!

Natasa Kazmer said...
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Natasa Kazmer said...

OMG, this is absolutely gorgeous. So many small tricks and details! I don't have all the supplies (I will have to use a tree stamp instead of stencil), but I will definitely make something similar. I love it.

Marissa said...

It's SO interesting seeing all the layers coming together one by one. Thanks for sharing!