December Flower: Holly

Where has the time gone? The holiday season has a way of rushing by before we know it. We are a bit late this month getting our flower of the month post out, but here it is! I hope all of you who purchased this will have fun using it for Christmas cards or gift tags. This month, our design team has put together another beautiful assortment of cards using this simple stamp. We hope you enjoy them and that you will share with us what you have done as well.

Mixed Media

Dorlene created a lovely mixed media page with a soft background that makes the holly berries pop.

Supplies:

Inks:

  • Honey CTMH
  • Certainly Celery SU
  • Silver
  • Black Archival
  • Desert Sand CTMH (used with the musical notes stamp)
  • White Re-inker SU!

Acrylic Paint:

  • White
  • Lt. Blue

Pens:

  • Really Red SU!
  • Forest Green Marvy
Instructions
After doing some color research, Dorlene picked four main colors for this piece: yellow, green, light blue, and silver.
  1. Print holly on top left corner of white cardstock. Print another one and cut out to use as a mask.
  2. Stamp several Christmas/winter words on the sheet.
  3. Sponge in yellow close to the Holly.
  4. Paint light blue acrylic paint on the rest of the sheet.
  5. Add white texture paste and stencil in random areas around the sheet.
  6. Wait for piece to dry.
  7. Paint the Holly leaves green and the berries red. This piece was done with watercolors and watercolor markers.
  8. Add crystal effects on the holly for extra shine.
  9. Wait for the piece to dry and add a light gray shadow around the holly using an alcohol marker.
  10. Continue to work on the background by adding layers of washi tape, silver ink, musical note stamps, black ink (applied with a straw), pencil doodles, and black & yellow glimmer mist drops.
  11. To tone down the background, add white gesso over the background area.
  12. Drizzle white ink over the background.

For more of Dorlene’s creations, visit her at  http://www.craftsinthecommandcenter.blogspot.com.


Chris’ tips on coloring the Holly  with Copic Markers

Chris, who actively teaches Copics, brings us her fourth installment of the flower of the month coloring tips!

“Can you believe it is December already?  My goal today is to get the Christmas decorations out.    I feel like I’m already behind.  How is that possible?  Each year there seems like there is less and less days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.    I think everyone is feeling a little overwhelmed, so I wanted to make a quick card that could be easily recreated.   

Today I used the Holly from the Flower of the Month Series.   I kept things really simple this month.  I wanted something I could color quickly and get the in the mail.  This will help chip away at my Christmas Card list.  I colored the Holly leaves with G40, G43, G46, G28.  I added some shadows in with W5.   On the berries I used R02, R17, R29, R39.   I used a pair of fine point scissors to cut out the Holly.  Then attached it to the card using a dimensional glue dot.    The background was created with a stamp from Impression Obsession and the embossed sentiment is from an old Stampin Up set.  

I think the Holly pulls this card together.  My eyes are drawn to it immediately!”

If you have any questions about using Copics you can reach Chris at chris@purplelakestamps.com or visit her blog: www.purplelakestamps.com. If you are interested in learning more about this technique, Chris has  an advanced blending class.  She offers a  DVD class  that walks you through the process step by step.


 Michelle Pearson’s Cards

We are thrilled that Michelle Pearson has joined our design team! She has outdone herself this month with two beautiful creations using the holly digital stamps. As you can see, she has taken advantage of the fact that you can resize digital stamps to create two very different cards!


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