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9/04/2016

Let's See Some Wings

Hello and welcome to the Sunday Christmas Card posting where our theme "Let's See Some Wings" was chosen by Christine over at Christine's Cards and Crafts.  Our choice was angels, fairies, birds...I chose birds.

Here's card #1 using a white wash on kraft technique seen in a video by Melanie Muenchinger.

 
 
- PBlack Holly Concert image, stamped in Versamark, heat embossed with Ranger Seafoam White. Mement greens in 2 shades for the leaves, blues for the birds and reds for the berries. Used a water brush to dab directly into the pad, making sure the brush was not too wet, then brushed onto the kraft. As Melanie suggests, left more uncolored space at first. Because of the smaller areas, this was not what I wanted. After looking at the results, went back and w/colored in the remaining areas. Tried spattering some white over the craft (falling snow!) & this easy technique is not as easy as it looks! Smudged some green around the edge of die cut.
 
- S/B Gold Label 4 for the image die cut. S/B Grand Label 4 used for the mat.
 
- Light blue cardbase embossed with the Taylored Expressions Holly cutting plate using a thick tan rubber mat so that the metal would not cut, but just emboss. Smudged this with DI Sage, which was also added to the mat & main image.
 
- SU sentiment stamped with SU Real Red on vellum, heat embossed with clear EP. Impression Obsession holly leaves die - Christmas Red stickles added to the berries. Punched with an SU oval punch.
 
- Memory Box Poinsettia die cut twice from vellum to get multiple layers of the flower, which were colored with copics. Shaped, and glued at the centers.
 
Card #2
 
Recently found a new to me product called Embossable Acetate, which can be colored and embossed. I've used packaging acetate for alcohol inks and embossing before...this product is thicker.
 
- Nellie Snellen Snow birds EF . White snow done with an SU white chalk marker coloring on reverse side. Used gel pens for the birds & sun.
 
- Blue background was also embossed with the same EF, and just slightly offset. This looks quite nice IRL, but did not photo well, as the acetate is a bit 'bowed'. The blue flower corners cover the vellum glue - which is not supposed to show..but  does when you know it's there!
 
Closing today with a wish that you have a wonderful Sunday afternoon, and visit again when you have time. Many Hugs.


47 comments:

Lisa said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards!! I love the texture on both!! The birds look amazing!! I'm intrigued by embossable acetate...going to have to look for some!! Both cards are absolutely fabulous my friend!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sarah said...

Fabulous texture on these two cards Mary and the turqupise colour is lovely xx

Planetsusie said...

I love both of your cards Mary and I feel as if I want to stretch through the screen and feel them - if you see what I mean!!! You have some lovely ideas.

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Gay Peplow said...

Very pretty Christmas cards Mary, they're touchy feely too :D x

Gibmiss said...

Hi. Mary
Fabulous card.......
Love the image and the colours.... You have used....
Hugs Sylvie xxx

Carol said...

Two fabulous cards Mary...love the dies and techniques on the first and the love the texture you've created on the second. Carol x

Donna Ellis said...

how pretty your blue birds are, Mary, and gorgeous Christmasy and wintry scenes with beautiful textures and colors! hugs, de

Susan (rainy) said...

Love the white washed little birds and holly card.. really beautiful, Mary. That acetate... oh my gosh... that is fabulous. It looks gorgeous! What a unique and amazing creation.

Pippa Price said...

Lovely cards Mary, they would make me want to run my fingers over them to feel all the textures! x

Donna Hanley said...

Two lovely cards.Each one with it's own personality and beautiful. I'm a little jealous that you are getting so far ahead on your holiday cards for next year and I have not even started yet. I did color a few images this weekend but haven't turned them into cards yet. Have a fun week ahead.

Karen B said...

Hi Mary.....two fabulous cards, just lovely birds in both.

Karen x

Kathleen said...

Two lovely cards Mary, big praise on using acetate, I can't do it.

Kath x

Benzi said...

Pretty bird cards today....just what I love. They're both beautiful, Mary. Great job with the Snow Birds embossing folder. I really like your spattering of snow on the first card...turned out to look so real.

Sue said...

Fab cards Mary I've been trying to comment on and off all day but bloomin blogger! keeps having a hissy fit..take care huggles Sue xxx

McCrafty's Cards said...

These are really gorgeous Mary, I love those robins and those trees..
Kevin xx

Zoƫ said...

Great cards Mary and thanks for the link for the tutorial as I'd love to try the technique. Zx

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful cards and tutorial shared..thanks Mary.xx

scrappymo! said...

Two beautiful cards, Mary!
The first has such. A lovely kraft painted technique...I am going to try that one of these days. Loved the "falling" snow too. The white embossed image is so pretty.
The second card looks fabulous and stunning too. I can always count on you to teach me about a new product or technique!!!

Karen Petitt said...

So sorry I am so late to comment Mary - it's been a rough day lol!
Oh heck, another stamp I love! Both of these are stunning but I do love that first stamp a lot, always have had a weakness for bird stamps. Another two in the box - aren't we being good lol! xx

Irish Cherokee said...

Like both cards marry but I am partial to the second one. Love the snow on the trees and branches and the blue birds.

Gail said...

Just lovely!
Have a great week!

Carol L said...

What a wonderful pair of cards! Those birds remind me of spring on the first, and the trees with snow look gorgeous! Those little bluebirds are the cutest creatures! I hope you had a great Sunday, and I wish you a wonderful week ahead too!

Asha said...

Gorgeous cards, Mary. Embossable acetate?... Must have that! The second card is fabulous, esp the "snow" on the tree. The birds on the first card... so cute and so Christmassy. Enjoy the rest of the week, my friend.
hugs, Asha

Brenda said...

I love both of these cards Momma Mary!! Both are just beautiful and both scenes are beautiful with the birds. I couldn't pick a favorite if I tried cause both are equally beautiful. I do think the embossed acetate is really cool and did it once myself, but never colored on it. That I will have to try sometime! Hugs!

Bonnie said...

I haven't tried the painting on kraft yet. I love the look of that technique.I hadn't seen the second technique or product. Love these little bluebirds! Happy St. Patrick's Day, Mary. I hope it's a day filled with good fortune!

Pat said...

Both these cards are beautiful Mary, but my particular favourite would be the birds on the holly. I love the background with the die just embossed, the pretty die cut layers and the lovely poinsettia. The embossable acetate works well with the snowy trees and the pretty bluebirds go perfectly with the background. xx

butlersabroad said...

These are both beautiful Mary, love the look of that whitewash technique on the kraft, must remember to give that a go. Thank you for your kind comments, it's good to be back!! Now if it would just warm up a bit all would be right with the world!

Hugs
Brenda

Sandy said...

Wonderful cards Mary -- I cannot emboss well to save my life!
Another grey and rainy day here in the mountains but we need the rain so I will not complain!
sandy xx

Petra Swart said...

Lovely cards, Mary!! Love all the embossing and those sweet little birds!!

dutchess said...

sorry Iam late commenting ...not been too well again, what lovely cards Mary you are so adventurous...all thesenew techniques...clever you! xxxx

vicki said...

Hi Mary two gorgeous cards here! Love the embossing :) thank you for your advice on the sewing machine I will try that next time :) hope you had a lovely weekend
Hugs
Vic x

Hazel said...

Beautiful cards for Christine's CCC challenge - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for March. You could also enter this for our new Completely Christmas challenge 3 - we would love to see it there too, Hazel, DT x

Jan Frances said...

Hi Mary, these two cards are lovely. The little blue birds are really gorgeous!

Greta said...

2 great cards, Mary! I love that Penny Black stamp & you've used it beautifully!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I really like the techniques you've tried out for these two cards. Both are new to me. I don't know why painting over kraft is new, it seems obvious enough... I like the look though. The embossed and painted transparency gives a really neat look. Great cards!

Christine Harrop said...

Just double checking and saw that I haven't got a comment on this post. Not sure what happened because I definitely was here!! Sorry about that. Two gorgeous cards and I love the birds on them both. Hugs Christine xx

Joni nina Andaya said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! Ooh so love the way you colored the birds :) Fabulous creations :)

Lizzie said...

Just gorgeous !!! hugs xx

Sheila H said...

Your birds are beautiful on both cards. I love the look of both. That acetate is particularly fascinating. I've never worked with it before.

jimlynn said...

Two pretty cards and you're already ahead of the game on Christmas cards this year now.
Lynn

Sheila H said...

Wow to both these cards, Mary. The white washed Kraft birds are just beautiful. I've never heard of the acetate that you used. The trees and birds really stand out. You come up with the most amazing products and techniques.

Birgit said...

I love these 2 cards...they are so pretty and Christmassy. Birds always seem to give the happy feeling and it is so nicely coloured. I like the snow in the first one too.

Valerija said...

Fabulous cards, love them both.
Valerija xx

Sue said...

Hi Mary, Both cards are so pretty.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Mary, both of your cards are so pretty, beautifully designed and coloured, Kate x

Team Clark said...

I just love these wintry designs, Mary! Splendid work! Hugs, Autumn

Maxine D said...

Oh my goodness Mary - these are both wonderful - especially the blue and white. Stunning work.
Blessings
Maxine