One Last Christmas Card (Maybe)

Hi Everyone–Happy Monday!!  Thanks for joining me today!! Well, the Christmas holiday crafting in my creativity dungeon is coming to a close.  I’m finishing up some last minute projects and thought I’d share my last (maybe) Christmas card of the season with you.

Snowflakes and a Snowman...What can be more Christmasy!

Snowflakes and a Snowman…What can be more Christmasy!

I was actually just messing around with Watermark Resist ink and different ink and paint color-washes to see how the resist reacts with different mediums, and I ended up with 3 different background effects.

Each background was made with different inks and paints.

I started with stamping all of the manila stock with Watermark Resist ink and the snowflake stamp from the We Whoosh You a Merry Christmas set from SU.  The watermark snowflakes ended up lending different shadow effects with each ink/paint treatment.

Layered with Distress Ink, the watermark snowflakes are a nice, light shadow.

Layered with Distress Ink, the watermark snowflakes are a nice, light shadow.

For the first card, I used Broken China Distress Ink and my ink blending tool to color the entire background layer.  I spritzed it with water and heat dried and added the blue snowflakes, stenciled with Dylusions Spray Ink in London Blue.  My snowflake stencil is basically the left-over stock from using my Cricut that die-cut the glitter snowflakes.

Even the snowflakes all came out differently depending on how I pre-treated them.

Even the snowflakes all came out differently depending on how I pretreated them.

This background has the most dramatic OOMPH and I just LOVE how the watermark resist snowflakes turned dark blue with the heavier concentration of the London Blue Dylusions Spray Ink.

Dylusions with Watermark

The dark to light graduation of color on the watermark resist snowflakes with the London Blue ink spray was just so cool to see appear as the ink dried.

OK….I’m not trying to be partial but, I really do like how the Dylusions spray ink reacted with the Watermark Resist on this background.  When I sprayed the manila stock, I did not blot off any excess ink and I heat dried while holding the piece upside down.

I used Picket Fence DP to stencil the snowflakes and achieve a bleach effect.

I used Picket Fence DP to stencil the snowflakes and achieve a bleach effect.

For the last background, I used Broken China Distress Paint dabbed onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water then I drug my manila stock through the paint and heat dried.

Distress Paint Snowman

The watermark resist snowflakes didn’t really pop as much with the DP as I had hoped it would–but I think it’s because the watermark ink dried too much (if there’s such a thing?).  I had stamped all of my manila pieces of stock at once with the watermark resist and I worked with the DP backgrounds last…

Distress Paint Snowman

Even though you can’t see the watermark snowflakes, it’s still a pretty cool Distress Paint background and I stenciled this with London Blue spray ink, too.

Each card the same, yet different! See what having some fun with inks & paint can do!

Each card the same, yet different! See what having some fun with inks & paint can do!

The center snowman image is the same for each card–I stamped him onto manila stock with Colorbox Jet Black Pigment Ink and heat embossed with Wow embossing powder.

Christmas Label

Each snowman image was colored with Broken China DI and an ink blending tool and Black Soot & Picket Fence DM’s and a water brush.  The label is stamped with the Simple Sayings plate and Barn Door DI and Jet Black Archival Ink.  All edges were distressed and given an inking with Vintage Photo DI and my ink blending tool.

Christmas Cards 2013 128

The glitter snowflakes are die-cuts from the Cricut Christmas Cheer cartridge.  Each snowflake got a light layer of matte multi-medium then dipped into a white or blue glitter bath and air dried.

Mr. Snowman says "MERRY CHRISTMAS"

Mr. Snowman says “MERRY CHRISTMAS”

It’s hard to say if I’m finished with making Christmas cards for the season…Experimenting with watermark resist ink and especially loving the effects with Dylusions spray ink…I may bundle up and head down to the dungeon for a day or two and play around with the spray inks some more!!

In the meantime, I’m going start my day by entering this design in a few different challenges at:

Simon Says Stamp Blog-Wednesday Challenge-Let It Snow; ABC Christmas Challenge-Y for You Make It/Embellishments; 52 Christmas Card Throwdown-Any Past 2013 Challenge Goes/Color Challenge #16 April 2013 Navy, Light Blue, White

So, however you start your day, try do something to make yourself happy and smile!  Maybe even find some time to be Artsy Fartsy yourselves!  Thanks for Stopping By!!  XOXO-Shari

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12 thoughts on “One Last Christmas Card (Maybe)

    • Thank You sooo much, Mynn! The 52CCT is a new blog to me and it’s been really fun to see all the challenges and beautiful creations! Great inspiration and I just have to take the leap and go for it! XOXO-Shari

  1. Fabulous cards! I love the snowflake backgrounds and the cute snowman! :) Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog! :)

  2. I really like the different effects you’ve made – a great selection of cards. Love the snowflakes and snowmen! Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!

  3. Three beautiful cards – I especially love the darker blue background (fabulous effect) Thanks so much for joining us at 52CCT. Good luck on the DT call. Happy holidays.

    • Thank You, Danielle! I wanted to try to get another card into the challenge…but just not enough time :) Darn it! I’m looking forward to joining ya’ll more in 2014! Merry Christmas-XOXO-Shari

  4. Gorgeous cards Shari :-) I love the backgrounds you created and the snowman is super cute :-)

    thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges
    luv
    Lols x x x

    • Thank You, Annette! It’s one of my fav snowman images–I’ve had it for years and rediscovered it just in time for Christmas this year :) Thanks for Stopping By Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy! Sooo appreciated! XOXO-Shari

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