Nov 12, 2011

Christmas Copics

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Hello stampers!

I just have to say that I am so enjoying teaching these classes at SGD. Thank you to all of you who I've met so far - and I sincerely apologize if I do not remember names - I have a memory like a sieve! It has been such a pleasure and I'm loving every minute. It really is a different way to craft and makes me think quite differently when I create my cards. What I love the most though is having a purpose (and ok, deadline) to craft.

Obviously, my latest classes have been done with a Christmas theme. My personal challenge every year is to find a way to update the old staid Christmas colours and themes. And when I find something that helps me in this quest, it is a thrill!

This month I discovered two great things
Jillybean Soup Christmas Eve Chowder 6x6 paper pad - and the
new releases by Impression Obsession stamps.

I love the paper with the little penguins - and had to find a way to use them by themselves as a key component of the card.

This image is so cute - and when you have so much white space (i.e. snow and snowman) it is really pretty quick to colour. I've accented with some Stickles of course. And I have used my beloved Nesties as I almost always do. Note the pearls done with the Viva Decor Pearl Pen in ice white - one of my favourite discoveries this year. I love self-adhesive pearls, but quite honestly my gel nails are a liability when it comes to crafting, and this makes life SO much easier!
Here's a close-up of the stamped image so you can see the colouring. Not easy to get much dimension in small spaces, but I've given it a try - on his hat and scarf.
This image I also fell in love with. I love the REAL Christmas and the fact that it is about the real meaning of Christmas, not just Santa Claus and the Disney stuff. Did you know that the image of Santa as we know was actually a creation of Coca Cola? No kidding!
Anyway - I tried to bring in some "non-traditional" Christmas colours here and some of my faves - browns and blues. I've also used some red Stickles to add a bit of punch. And the pearl pen again as above (those darned gel nails). It's hard to see here, but I've used another super cool product to give my penguins little googlie eyes! It's the Viva Decor Glass effects, which I normally use to put dew drops on flowers.

Here's a close-up of the colouring. A little tip for you - don't be intimidated by what looks like a very detailed stamp. You can definitely always colour right over the details. It is much easier than you think. You don't have to colour every tiny little detail separately for it to look great.

If I haven't seen you at a class yet, I hope to see you soon!
Happy Stamping!
Stamps: Impression Obsession
Paper: Jillybean Soup Christmas Ev Chowder 6x6 and Copic XPress It
Card: Bazzill
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tumbled glass distress ink
Accessories: Viva pearl pen in ice white, Viva decor glass effects gel, Silver ice stickles, Xmas red stickles, Spellbinders Curved Rectangles Nestabilities and Lables Seventeen Nestabilities
RV25, RV23, RV21
B06, B04, B02, B00
YG17, YG13, YG11
YR18, YR12
E35, E31, YR20
C1, C0
E79, E77, E74, E71, E70
Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11
R29, R27, R24, R22
B06, B04, B00
E31, Y17, Y15

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  1. What beautiful cards! Your coloring is amazing! I especially love that second one! TFS! :)

  2. 2 great cards love the colouring and fab tip too!

    Thanks for coming to play with us at Top Tip Tuesday for our Christmas challenge I hope you can come play again soon you can enter up to 3 times per challenge, hugs Samantha :0)

    Ps I have candy on my blog too!

    Ps your 1st card you could enter at ABC Christmas challenge on our winter sports challenge,

  3. Two fab cards. Lovely colouring and colours. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

  4. Sarah- THese card both gorgous cards. I love how you used the Jillybean paper....cutting just a strip of the penguins. I will def remember. It will make that oh so cute paper past even longer! THanks for the colouring tips too! Thanks for playing along with the ABC Christmas challenge.

  5. Fabulous cards love the snowman on the sledge great papers. Thanks for joining us at Papertake weekly
    Angie x

  6. these are both so cute! and your coloring is spot on!
    thank you for joining our non-traditional Christmas colors challenge at Jellypark Friends. :)

  7. Sweet Christmas cards. I love the tree, and tree/penguin borders. Such great colouring too. Thanks for joining the Anything Christmas Challenge at Top Tip Tuesday.

  8. Sarah, these are both beautiful the snowman on the sledge is one super cute image, fab colouring to. Thanks for sharing with us over at Jellypark Friends for our non-traditional christmas challenge. Mel :o)

  9. Beautiful card! Thank you for joining in at Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge – hope you can join us again for the next challenge! Jellypark Challenges

    PS The pen is on my list!


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