I love this Christmas card. I love everything about it. NOW!
I was so excited to borrow a poinsettia stamp from my friend Yvonne. I planned on stamping onto the Strathmore Watercolor Card with black StazOn Ink and then use watercolor to paint it.
Then I decided to use my Inktense Blocks by Derwent. I wet the blocks and painted the poinsettia shades of pink, red and green. I added multiple layers and was very happy when I dropped in blue near the center of the poinsettia. It was looking good.
Then I turned my attention to the background. I wet it with my brush and dropped in the colors I had used into the background. It didn’t take long before I flashed back to when I did watercolor ( last fall) and how I used to do backgrounds first. That was my first mistake. I persevered. What resulted was a very watered down background that was very pastel- like. I wasn’t happy with it so I set it aside and did other cards. You can watch the YouTube videos by following this link which will take you to the Christmas playlist. There will be at least 4 Christmas card videos there to watch.
Still not happy with the cards, I decided to redo the background. What did I have to lose? I was going to toss them anyway. I used a couple shades of green and blue and rubbed the brush on the Inktense Blocks to create a very wet and pigmented Thro background. The pink you see was there from my first background. When I was happy with the background I sprinkled salt on it. The salt gives it texture. It pulls some of the pigment in adding lots of dimension to the background.
I got out my Lindy’s Starburst sprays and opened them up. Dangerous I know. I used the Poinsettia Red Gold for the flowers. See the shimmer of gold. I used Ponderosa Pines Olive for the leaves. I applied the color with a very fine liner brush. The green had a silver blue tinge that looked too grey so I used my Wilton Juniper Green homemade spray over top. Then I outlined all with my Micron Pen.
I wanted to add some gold to the background. But how could I stamp over the poinsettia? I decided that since I couldn’t I would splatter thinned acrylic gold paint over the whole card. Here is card #1.
Then I remembered I had seen people stamping the stamp on paper and cutting it out to make a mask to cover what you don’t want to get stamped. So that’s what I did. I used my Old Letter Writing Script stamp and applied gold acrylic paint with a makeup sponge. Here is card #2.
In the end I got two cards I am very happy with and I used a couple different techniques I’ve never done along the way. I wouldn’t have done either if I had just tossed these cards. So, word to the wise. Don’t throw out your mistakes. Work with them and learn the lessons they have to teach you.