Happy Tuesday! It's challenge time at CAS Colours & Sketches and also Splitcoaststampers. CC&S has a sketch challenge this week and SCS a color challenge so I combined them.
The colors this week are Shaded Spruce, Just Jade and Magenta Madness. The first two colors are definitely traditional Christmas, but the magenta...well it gave me a few headaches. I've used pink before in holiday cards with great success. But this color pink is BRIGHT! I mean light up the night bright.
Using the new in August Poinsettia Petals stamps, I watercolored the images by stamping in my Stamparatus, then using an aqua painter to paint by drawing the ink from the lines of the image. I then re-stamped the images using the stamparatus. The first pink poinsettia came out pretty bold. Not at all like the the soft cream/pink poinsettias you see at Christmas. So I did another image but stamped off one generation before starting my watercolor. This helped a great deal. My poinsettia is much softer than before.
For my leaves, I stamped first in Just Jade and then used Shaded Spruce over that.
I used two ribbons for the lines and heat embossed my sentiment in silver. I may make this a few more times for holiday cards this year although I will probably use a softer pink for the flower.
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Stamps/dies: Poinsettia Petals Bundle
Dies: Stitched Rectangles
Ink: Shaded Spruce, Just Jade, Magenta Madness
Accessories: Just Jade Ribbon, Silver Embossing Powder
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