Hello, sweet friends! Well, it's really time for me to get into high gear with my Christmas cards. And today's card is clearly for my DH! But since it's a digital image, you could "crop" this sentiment and use only "Merry Christmas." I decided to make the "with extra kisses" green and used GIMP to do that (GIMP is a free photo-editing program available for both Windows and the Mac). Then I pulled it into Microsoft Word along with the sprig of mistletoe. I printed them out and colored them. I used Copic markers for the mistletoe and then (using my early Christmas present from DH) used my new Prismacolor pencils to shade the mistletoe. And I used the pencils to color "Merry Christmas," which is small and so much easier with sharp pencils.
Of course, the "fun" for me is to construct the card (after figuring out my layout). I found the DP, which was what guided my coloring of the leaves and the green for "with extra kisses." I die cut the mistletoe image with a stitched die, matted it with my "trusty" Mini Perfect Layers tool, and then worked out the base. Then I popped up the mistletoe square, finally added the little heart with floss, and added some Wink of Stella. Voila...and it was done (it will not be a surprise to my DH...but he will enjoy having it on his desk on Christmas day).
As always, thank you for taking a closer look at my card! I hope you have a wonderful week as you continue to get ready for Christmas and Hanukkah. Hugs, sweet friends!
Paper: Solar White #80 and #110 (Neenah), Pure Poppy (PTI), Comfort and Joy (My Mind's Eye)
Paper Size: A-2
Accessories: Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, Stitched Square STAX dies (MFT), Heart Buttons die (Memory Box), Mini Perfect Layers tool, white DMC floss, Wink of Stella, Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives), small glue dots (ZOTS), white tape
Techniques: Digital images using GIMP and Microsoft Word
Registered: October 21, 2010 Location: in the okanagan in b.c. canada Posts: 12913
Mon, Dec 05, 2016 @ 7:32 AM
Cheryl this is wonderful. Dh will so love this especially with the extra kisses, such a cute sentiment for the mistletoe. Very pretty bg paper, matches so well. I see too the extra bit of love in the corner..what a fun way to open the gallery up this morning....TFS...in my favs for sure. I have missed seeing your beautiful work...glad I caught you here...:0)
------------------------------ We as people are raindrops of colorful ink , falling down Crisp and Clear, each a different shade more vibrant then the last, but once we realize at the bottom of an endless abyss we all fall into the same inkpot forming one color, only then can we come together as one My son.
Registered: December 4, 2010 Location: Minnesota Posts: 12870
Mon, Dec 05, 2016 @ 10:23 AM
Jaw drop! Gasp! What a stunning Christmas card Cheryl and one your DH will treasure for years. I love the wonderful design you used with this fabulous seasonal dsp and the stitched frame around this gorgeous mistletoe image you colored to sheer perfection! I really love what you did with the sentiment to give it this ombre look, and I love the little stitched heart in the corner. Such beautiful work Cheryl and a feast for the eyes. Thank you for sharing how you created this digital image too- I did not know about GIMP before. Big hugs my friend! ~Karen.
Registered: July 9, 2008 Location: Stars Fell on Alabama Posts: 59577
Mon, Dec 05, 2016 @ 2:39 PM
Beautiful, Cheryl! I love the sheen you colored on the bow/ribbon. And, the way you colored the sentiment is awesome. I can see why a sharp pencil would work best. DH is sure to love that you added that little heart showing your love for him. Fabulous card, my friend.
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