Sunday, August 5, 2018

Evergreen Holiday for Rudolph Days

Hello friends.  I'm so glad you stopped by today!

I have more Christmas cards to share.

Both cards are made from a stamp set that I won from Rudolph Days last year.

I am so glad to finally have had time to use this beautiful set!

This first card was done by placing the stamp in my MISTI, inking
with markers and using a damp water brush to blend the color.

I always have trouble with the red and the first try had so many smears
that it wasn't usable.

It's a good thing that there are two sides to the paper!

This card was done the same way as the first except that I inked the ornament
on another snippet of mixed media paper.

I smacked it with a WOW Embossing pad and embossed it with clear powder.

Then came the tricky part of cutting it out and keeping it round.

I've added it with a dimensional and the frame is also popped up.

I have added Wink of Stella on both cards but the camera didn't see it.

They shimmer nicely when the light hits them.

My stash of Christmas cards is growing and that makes me happy!


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Evergreen Holiday (Inkadinkado)
Ink:   Peeled Paint, Festive Berries, Wild Honey, Black Soot (Distress Markers)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 Series), Real Red (SU), Neenah
Other:  Stitched Rectangles Die (SSS), Candy Dots (retired SU), Water Brush, Clear WOS

Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Evergreen Holiday (Inkadinkado)
Ink:   Peeled Paint, Festive Berries (Distress Ink), Old Olive (SU)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 Series), Old Olive (SU), Neenah
Other:  WOW Embossing Pad, Clear EP (SU), Stitched Squares Dies (SSS), Water Brush, Clear WOS


Carol L said...

These are lovely cards, and congrats on your win from a year ago - good classic stamps never go out of style! I like all the stitched framework and beautiful stamping/coloring of the images! NJ on both! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments too :)

Sandy said...

OMG!!!!!! Oh wow, wow, wow!!!!! There is no debate - you are my most favorite card artist - I love your style and your very good taste!!!!
This is fantastically beautiful - love the bell card the best.
Sandy xx

Christine Alexander said...

you were so lucky to win that stamp set, it is so versatile. Love both cards, you framed the JOY perfectly and the addition of the brads perfectly focuses the eye to the image.
I must congratulate you on cutting out your bauble, my circles especially small ones seem to have corners and edges. Great frame and love the branch peeking out. Love the cards :)

Marcia Hill said...

Two beautiful, beautiful cards Bonnie! I especially like the JOY card with the jingle bell in the center...colored to perfection my friend!! And your red ornament was cut out perfectly...yay to you!! You are definitely keeping your Christmas card stash going...think I need to catch up!!

jimlynn said...

Both are over the top beautiful! WOW!!!! I love these Bonnie.

MaryH said...

2 great cards. Love the way you've got the perfect golden color of the jingle bell in #1. That is a really pretty stamp. #2 has such splendid watercoloring on the pine branches, and you've framed it with a wonderful stitched die. The ornament looks perfectly round (and I like the shading you've got on it too). Very dimensional, colorful and a lovely layout too. TFS

Liz said...

Super cards, Bonnie, great designs. xx

Colleen said...

Amazing cards, Bonnie, both beautiful, clean and simple!!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love both cards, Bonnie! That JOY with the bell for the O looks amazing; you colored it so beautifully! I love the branch behind the frame with the red ornament - well done on keeping it round; I can't for the life of me!!

JosieD said...

These cards are so refreshing and pleasing. With all the super glitz around the holidays, good reminder that "less is more". Two terrific designs for those good looking smaller stamps that I never know what to do with. Plus special touches like WOS and coloring technique and the 3 red dots, etc.

Brenda said...

Both of these cards are just stunning Bonnie! I love both so much. Reds are hard to work with and messy too. lol I'm not good with reds, but keep trying. Beautiful images on both cards! Hugs, Brenda

Doris said...

Love your use of frames! I was thinking of doing that too, but haven't come up with a design yet.

Brenda in IN said...

These are both so pretty. I love the golden bell with greenery and the perfectly round ornament. I will get a smudge of red somewhere on the card I am making no matter how careful I am. You did great!

JoAnn said...

Love them both. Love the image on the first one and the way both images are framed. Your cards are always lovely. TFS

Mac Mable said...

Fabulous stamp on your first card and love the effect with the technique that you have used. Such a wonderfully elegant Christmas card. The green card stock on your second card looks fabulous with the green of those pretty pines and your wonderful red shiny ornament. Both cards look stunning Bonnie x.

nancy littrell said...

Both your Christmas cards are so beautiful, Bonnie. I love your traditional reds and greens and marker watercoloring technique. All your details are simply beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. I have been working on my Christmas stash too. It is wonderful to see our stashes grow:-) Hugs...

Trina P. said...

Two more Christmas card beauties, Bonnie! That 🛎 card, especially the way you’ve watercolored it, jumped out at me. What a gorgeous stamp too. xx

Susan said...

Love the way the sentiment is the focal point for the first card - beautifully done with the stitched opening and the three little red dots. The second card is great with the frame over most of the image, but part of it coming to the outside of the frame. So nice to see two cards on coloured card bases!

p.s. I agree that it's very hard to cut something out and keep it perfectly round.

Daffodil Cards said...

Both gorgeous cards, love them.
I keep going to try your design of the framing and forget, why when your cards are so beautiful, silly me.

Nstiz said...

I love both cards, Bonnie! The Joy is such a wonderful stamp and love the way you colored your bells. I got a chuckle out of the fussy cutting and keeping it round. Truer words were never spoken. Love the bought you included behind your image too!

Sally H said...

Two very elegant and classy cards, Bonnie. I love them both. Wonderful watercolour effect and I bet they are very shmmery in real life. Happy Rudolf Day x

Loll said...

Two beautiful Christmas cards Bonnie!! Love the sweet JOY card. You are so funny. Two sides of a paper sometimes aren't enough for me with red. :) And I love your ornament. The design is gorgeous with the stamped pine branches, gorgeous tone-on-tone patterned ornament and the sweet frame. LOVE IT! xx

Di said...

Totally fabulous Bonnie - as always! You really do make the most beautiful cards ever. And it's wonderful to see you in the Snippets Playground!


Di xx

scrappymo! said...

So glad to see yo using the RD prize. Your cards made with this set, look wonderful.
I like the way the aperture has the sticthing on the outside of the cut out portion...looks great!

The marker dampened with water was a brilliant idea. I now want to give this a try.

Thanks for taking part in the July Rudolph Days Challenge.

Papercraft Boutique said...

Such a pretty JOY watercoloring, Bonnie! The three little red candy dots are a nice accent.
The delicate pine branches of the second card are amazing, but your round ornament fussy-cutting is more amazing! Love the well thought-out design, especially the way you used the white square frame. Hideko xx

BożenA said...

WOW! Two amazing Christmas card, Bonnie. I love both cards. The first one has such an amazing JOY inscription, it looks stunning, while the colors are mixed up creating different levels of color. And the second card belongs to the group of cards that have great magic in them. Window and bauble with an additional dimension, and from the window protrudes a piece of twig ... It is so beautiful! And this is a delicate background! I love this card !!