Sunday, 4 November 2012

A Joyful Christmas

Hello folks,  many thanks to all of you that left me birthday wishes yesterday which were much appreciated.
I got some lovely pressies too, the main one being a stamp maker which I can't wait to have a go with as I'm looking forward to being able to turn some of my scribbles and doodles into stamps. The James Bond Skyfall was very good too with amazing stunts and a somewhat creepy villain (or at least I thought he was), so if you haven't yet seen it, I can thoroughly recommend it.
Now enough waffling and on to the reason for the post which is to tell you about our new challenge for the next fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges which has been chosen by our newest fashionette Esther and is the theme of Musical. Lots of ways to interpret this one and to me, music immediately shouted birds so I've made another Christmas card for my collection with my favourite Christmas bird.

I stamped the cute Stampendous robin on thick cartridge paper and coloured him with Aquamarkers. I die cut the image with a Papermania die and then added snow with the Decoart snow writer and sprinkled it with Glamour Dust.
I made the background paper using my watercolour crayon technique and Neocolor 11 water soluble crayons (if you click on the tutorial page at the top, you'll find a link to the relevant technique if you'd like to know how to do it. I used several colours of green and the paper started out like this:

You can see the end result on my card and after using the technique, I stamped on the music score (Forest Moss Distress ink) and poinsettia (VersaFine Vintage Sepia) from the Tim Holtz mini holidays 4 set.
I embossed a panel of kraft card with the Cuttlebug musical folder, sanded the raised areas and then added green and brown inks to distress it a little.
I assembled the card as you see, adding hessian weave and ribbon, a poinsettia (Nestabilities) and fir (Marianne Design) and punched holly together with my favourite sentiment from the set and some tiny pearls.

We'd love to see you enter but please remember that as we are a stamping challenge, no digis are allowed and we must see stamping on your entry.

Have a lovely Sunday.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Some challenges for my card:
Raise The Bar - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Ribbon and/or Twine
Fab 'n ' Funky - Die Cuts/Punches
Nutcrafters - Ribbon/Twine


Ephemera said...

Hi Fliss, great technique just checked it out on your tutorial, love the background, superb back drop to your beautiful stamped bird. Have great day. X

Caroline said...

Morning Fliss what a great technique and the card is fantastic I love that bird he is sooo cute and the colours you have used are gorgeous. Caroline xxx

Brenda Brown said...

A beautiful card Fliss and such a lovely robin image. Your backgrounds are always amazing that you create so cleverly. Happy belated birthday wishes to you, glad you enjoyed the film.
Enjoy your Sunday.
Hugs Brenda xxx

Sue said...

Love all your layers and it is a ally gorgeous card Fliss. Birds are so cute aren't they? But the poor little things are out there starving and we are warm indoors going aahhhh.... must get some seed for them..
have a great Sunday:)

Joan said...

I just love that Robin ! great card and fab background technique

Anonymous said...

Hi Fliss
NeoColor are my go to when I want to add a dash of colour and I've been using them with Gesso for Christmas backgrounds.
Your background is stunning Fliss and your card it is just so charming.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Stunning background and the little birds looks beautiful.

Meggymay said...

Great technique for the background. Your card is gorgeous.

Terry said...

Love what you did with the background! Beautiful card and I love that little birdie! Happy Sunday!

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Fliss...Happy Birthday for the other day! I hope you were spoilt heaps. Such a beautiful chrissy card Fliss. I love the robin image. I had a go at your last turorial (baby wipes one) and it was heaps of fun - so off to check this one out.
Dot x

Mrs.B said...

Hi Fliss, Gorgeous Christmas card, the background looks amazing, must give this a try. Beautiful image and embellishments.
Avril xx

Daniele said...

can't believe that the sribbles of colour turned into such a gorgeous background....oh so clever

Wendy said...

Thank you for entering our Ribbon or Twine challenge over at
The Paper Crafting Journey !

I have some BLOG CANDY
on my blog if you are interested! The Prize is going to be either 1 x $100 or 2 x $50 Whimsy Gift Certificates.


Ellie Knol said...

Another beauty in the row of DT projects!

butterfly said...

How adorable is that robin?! Love the musical layers, and that crayon technique is amazing - love the effect! Thank you for the inspiration...
Alison x

Shirl said...

Another amazing background for your card Fliss and that little bird just makes my heart melt, he is adorable.

Hugs Shirley x x