Hohoho, crafty friends! Are you making progress with your holiday cards? I’m about halfway done … with the cards I am making for a colleague to send to his friends. My own, different story 🙂 But the new stamp set by Pretty Pink Posh is making it really easy to create gorgeous cards. Maybe not the best design for mass production, but sometimes you need those special cards to send to close friends and family.
Last year, I was blown away by Dawn from Wplus9 (when am I ever not?) when she colored christmas baubles with watercolors. I sat on my balcony, practicing for hours, and I couldn’t get it done. Watercolor can be a terribly hard medium, and I took almost a year-long hiatus from trying that again. When I saw the christmas baubles on the Pretty Pink Posh stamp set I knew I had to give it another go.
Since I’m still terrified of trying this with regular watercolors, I used my Inktense pencils. The difference is that I have much more control over what I am doing, and it is easier for me to control the flow of color to make sure I have proper highlights and shadows. As you can see in the video, I started out with a lot of layers on the first two baubles, but then shortened the process considerably on the third bauble. You have to experiment yourself what you feel comfortable with. But let Sandy Allnock’s word be a guide: don’t ever be afraid to go dark. I think a lot of you say that my coloring looks great because of the stark contrast between light and dark – you can do it too 🙂
Even though I love clean and simple cards, I felt that this one needed a little bit more embellishment. I used another die by Pretty Pink Posh to create a mat for my colored panel, and then mounted that on top of some ribbon. I love using ribbon, I am just usually not brave enough to put it on my cards. But this way here, that I can do. Not much I can wrong here.
Thanks for stopping by today and watching! I hope you got inspired. Catch you again later!