Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Cardinal Christmas



This was one of the *must have* sets for me from the Holiday Mini Catalog, yet I put off getting it for so long. I have played around with it, but this is it's first appearance on an actual card. I have a few more sets that still haven't made it onto a card, either. LOL! I decided to play along in today's sketch Challenge over at SCS...not only does it make for a fast card, but I was able to add one more to my stash. I am going to be mailing tomorrow, so I think this may be the last Holiday card of the season. Don't fret, though, I still have teacher's gifts, neighbor gifts, etc. to get together, so I will be posting those as soon as I get them done. The kid's get out of school on Friday and don't go back until the New Year, so I have quite a bit to get done between today and Friday. Wish Me Luck!!!!
I watercolored the cardinal with an aquapainter and ink refills. I usually mat my cardstock before I begin the watercoloring process so that the paper doesn't curl. I try not to use too much water flowing from the aquapainter as well. This helps me getter better results. I *of course* added some stickles to bits of the entire image. To me, sparkly cards say Christmas. It seems like when I was young, everything had sparkles. Yummy! I also used some DSP paper from Stampin' Up! in real red. It is the prints pattern for this year. I think I liked last year's better, but I do like some of these as well, so it is worth having. I sponged all of the edges for a vintage feel, added some gold brads and punched out the sentiment. I then tied it up with a bit of mellow moss taffeta ribbon and called it *done*! yipee!


Stay Tuned for more projects and thanks for fluttering by!

7 comments:

Crystal said...

As always, a beautiful card. This is a great layout as well!

Deborah Saaranen said...

So gorgeous Kelly-- your watercoloring is just wonderful! As I said on your SCS upload-- it's like a marvelous Christmas gift, waiting to be opened!
Thanks for the inspiration you provide!

Dawn Easton said...

Ack! It's gorgeous Kelly! Love the vintage feel and how you added that layer under the image with the row of piercing and ribbon...fabulous!

ChristineCreations said...

This is gorgeous Kelly! I looked and the sketch and it just wasn't sparking me...but I LOVE what you've done with it. Gorgeous elegant and detailed!

Jessie/knightrone said...

THis is STUNNING!! Good luck getting all your projects done...I can't WAIT to see!!

Leslie Miller said...

This is especially beautiful, Kelly. All your holiday cards are just wonderful. Merry Christmas!

Cynthia said...

Just love this Kelly!! Your Christmas cards are so inspiring!! Love, love it all!