This month's challenge is 'A Christmas Story' . I'm sure many of you have already made this year's cards but I am way behind so I thought I would go for a design that didn't take too long to make.
Stamps: Claritystamp Pear Tree and Small partridge.
Stencil: Claritystamp NDSC13 Various Pots
Ink: Archival Black, Adirondack Stream, Butterscotch and Cranberry
Other: Versmark pen, Gold embossing powder, Black pen, Colouring pencils and pens
- My background paper for this is a shaving foam offcut from my box of 'might be useful someday'
- Make masks for the small partridge, pears (drawn freehand) and the pot (using the stencil) on sticky-notes.
- On background paper stamp the partridge using Black Archival ink and cover with it's mask.
- Draw the outline of the pot using the stencil and a black pen and then cover with it's mask.
- Position your pear masks wherever you want them.
|Apologies for the blurry image.|
- Stamp the Pear Tree using Black Archival ink and then remove the masks.
- Draw in the pears and the back of the pot with black pen.
- Place stencil back over pot and using a makeup sponge add colour using Adirondack Stream, Butterscotch and Cranberry.
- Colour in the leaves, pears and Partridge using whatever you prefer. I used some waterbased pens with a fine nib for the leaves and the brush end for the pears. A touch of white pen for the highlights.
- Add some more shading to the pot with colouring pencils.
- Trim and edge. I first went round the edge with an alcohol pen but this didn't work very well on the shaving foam. To retrieve this I went over it with a Versamark pen and added gold embossing powder and heat set this.
- With the embossing powder out, I couldn't resist adding gold to a few leaves, a tiny bit on the pears and the stripe on the pot.
- Add the impression of a table with pencils to ground the pot.
- Mount on blue and gold card before attaching to card blank.
- Final touch. Add a small tag made from a scrap of card. Write on 'Happy Christmas' message. Draw string with pen.
Hope you like my design and feel inspired to have a go at the Claritystamp Challenge yourself.