Tuesday 25 December 2018

12 Cards for Christmas #12 - MERRY CHRISTMAS

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas day, may it be full of festive cheer, family fun and fabulous memory making.

Well I've made it - all 12 cards. It's been a marathon trying to get them all done since the beginning of December but woo hoo I have achieved it.

This is the last one using Tim's gorgeous Wise Men die.

I began by cutting watercolour paper to the size of the card and spending a little time adding layers of blue and yellow/orange/brown oxides and distress inks to get some initial colour onto the background. (I made 8 of these).

I rubbed distress glaze over the sandy layers and tore some paper to create a mask covering them. I stencilled the stars using a mixture of white modeling paste and white gesso then let them dry.

Next I dribbled, spritzed and dried cerulean blue through the night sky Any dribbles over the sandy area were quickly wiped away with no colour left behind. I repeated with prussian blue hue.

Then brayered with silver paint.

I gave the sanded areas a dirty wash of quinacridone gold which surprisingly got sucked into the paper very quickly so I gave it a coat of matte medium and when dry I painted over a dirty glaze of  quin gold, matte medium and paynes grey trying to put back some of the landscaping!

I distressed the edges with a distress tool and blended again this time with ground espresso and cut the wise men die using blue coredinations paper and sanded it before also blending the edges with the ground espresso.

I cut two of the stars in gold and just off-set them slightly and added a holiday talk sticker.

Sorry, some of the photos had to be taken without the light box as family were already here when I took them so they are rather dark and not such a good quality, but you get the feel and the look I'm sure.

To finish this is my conservatory Christmas tree this year.

Thank you all for your visits and comments, I really appreciate every one.

hugs Brenda xxx


Linda Pekrul said...

I love this beautiful card, and was absolutely mesmerized by your stunning Christmas tree! Merry Christmas!

Meggymay said...

I hope you had a lovely Christmas, best wishes to you and your family.
Yvonne xx

Gina said...

Congratulations! Nothing like the feeling of completing a project...and with such fabulous results too :D Wishing you as much elation in all your projects for 2019 XXX

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Gorgeous watercolor cards. . This is my fav die at the moment, and just love these. Your tree is fabulous too... Love that you have a conservatory room, I'm guessing windows above as I see blinds. Wow!!!

Mrs.B said...

Just been having a lovely catch up on your 12 Cards posts Brenda, fabulous inspiration as always.
Brilliant photo of your Christmas tree, looks stunning.
Hope you had a lovely Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year
Avril xx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Great card and loving that die but the gorgeous tree is the icing on the cake, beautiful. Hope your Christmas was full of happiness. Sending hugs, Angela xXx

Paper Profusion said...

Fabulous card Brenda, well done for getting through them all. Your Christmas tree is magnificent! Wishing you and yours a most healthy, happy and adventure filled 2019! Nicola x

Words and Pictures said...

Love your starry desert skies and your tree looks glorious (quite similar to ours!)... Haven't yet managed a proper catch-up - the cold still has me firmly in its grip, and I've been trying to beat a samples deadline, but things should be calmer for the latter part of the 12 Days, so I hope to be back soon. In the meantime, have a fabulous New Year's Eve and here's wishing you a wonderful 2019!
Alison x