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4/14/2018

Christmas Card Club Challenge #8 - Christmas Greenery

Every 2nd Sunday,  our group of ladies in a Christmas Card Club share our cards - designed to a specific theme one of us has chosen. This week it was my pleasure to select the challenge theme of Poinsettias or any other type of Christmas Greenery. I had just used the poinsettia theme for our last Challenge of Christmas Flowers, so decided to go with Christmas Greenery. This stamp had a basket of holly, so decided that would be my card focus for this challenge.




- image colored with copics, WoS. I liked the way it turned out, but since there was a piece of water color paper that had been cut to size, messed up on one side, I decided to use the opposite (clean) side, to stamp the image again, and try to watercolor it using Zig markers. Used Hero Arts Concrete Flannel, the misti, and several stampings to get a good outline on the w/c paper. (140#). Heat set the outline before starting to w/color and it didn't bleed.

 
 
Tried to replicate the same colors as card #1 and I have to confess, I _still_ think #1 looks better. I see in the photo, which I had  not caught IRL, that I need to do some darker shading on the berries to sort of 'separate' them. I can do that with pencils - I hope. I keep trying to master this w/color stuff...
 
Used the same supplies on both cards. (the red card front c/s came from a Christmas pack. Took out 2 sheets without realizing I had 2 sheets in hand, cut to make the 4.25x5.5 size card shape I usually use. Voila, there was 2 sheets together so I made one card base with the solid red, and the other with the red & gold dots.)
 
-MBox sentiment die - 3 layers, used Brutus Gilded Gold to emboss it. The circle mats were also gold embossed but I think I used a different gold power for that.
 
Hope you can visit our card group to see some gorgeous cards made on this theme...their blog links are in the right side bar. Enjoy. Thanks for visiting and come again when you have time.
Hugs & have a great day.
 
 


44 comments:

  1. This is such a lovely Christmas image and I love the gold medallion beneath it! Wonderful colors and design for this challenge, and you are way ahead of me in getting early Christmas cards done! I'm lagging behind everyone this year!

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  2. They're both simply gorgeous! I love that pretty basket of greenery. Beautiful cards Mary!
    Lynn

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  3. Both images are colored beautifully, the first looks crisper and I like that look. It's fun to play around with different coloring methods to compare. Lovely Christmas cards!

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  4. These are both so gorgeous, Mary!! The baskets of holly look amazing!! I love the colors!! The gold beneath really showcases them!! The strips of paper you used are so beautiful!! Elegant and fabulous, my friend!! I love them!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  5. Lovely holly basket Mary. It's amazing how two cards using the same supplies can look so different but both lovely. Hope you are both well. Christine x

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  6. I love both versions of this card Mary using this lovely festive image. I haven't water-coloured for ages and think it's about time I had a go, you have inspired me.
    Lorraine

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  7. Hi Mary, Lovely cards.

    Hope you have a nice day. Sue

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  8. Beautiful cards Mary, lovely colouring and designs. Love the traditional look of them.
    A brilliant challenge Mary, thank you for the choice, had real fun making my cards, Kate x

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  9. Oh golly gosh, both of these cards are super. I think you have mastered the hang of water colouring brilliantly. Havn't felt like card making much this past week with ll the problems Iv'e had so was pleased when I looked in my christmss box of bits and bobs and found a really old Christmas table decoration from way back when that had poinsettias in it so dismantled it and used it on my two cards. Quick and simple if only life was too. Hugs Mrs A.

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  10. Both of your cards are beautiful!! Love the image!
    Have a great day!
    Marilyn❤

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  11. Hi Mary, thank you for a great challenge. Love your versions, I've not tried watercolouring,colouring of any sort is my Kryptonite, LOL. I've cut multiple sheets by accident before too.Hugs, Shaz X

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  12. Beautiful card Mary.
    Hugs Veerle x

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  13. This basket of holly is gorgeous both ways, Mary! The Copic has a bolder, crisper look and the watercolor a more dreamy look. Pencils work great for those little details on watercoloring.

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  14. Seems to me that you've mastered water colouring beautifully Mary. Both cards are gorgeous, so pretty and unique x

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  15. This is a very pretty image Mary and love the colouring on both, and the beautiful bp's enhance them both perfectly. I think your water colouring looks great so don't say you can't because you definitely can...lol. x

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  16. This is a gorgeous stamp and you sure made beautiful cards with it. I love the copic card and the water color came out great.

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  17. Both versions are beautiful Mary...it’s such a classic look...love it xxx

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  18. Both are great cards Mary, one brighter than the other, but they are really lovely, great colouring on each.
    Faith
    x

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  19. Two gorgeous cards Mary, both beautifully coloured. I love the image you've used. Thanks for a great theme this time. Carol x

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  20. Mary your cards are so beautiful and elegant. I always love a Christmas card with holly on it. Awesome coloring too!

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  21. Wow Mary, love both your creations, but your first card is just a masterpiece!! Such wonderful water colouring!!! The leaves and the berries have fabulous lights and shadows, as well the pretty basket!!! The two circle on both the card are just perfect to frame the images and the whole designs look fabulous! The gold embossed sentiments is just perfect!
    Hugs

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  22. Lovely cards both layouts are lovely and colored beautifully ......Lis

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  23. A beautiful Christmas card Mary, such a beautiful image and lovely traditional colours.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
    x

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  24. Two beautiful cards Mary and I adored your theme, thankyou! Hugs rachel x

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  25. I am so pleased that you chose holly for your greenery Mary and both versions look amazing. The touches of gold make them look really expensive xx

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  26. What gorgeous cards and coloring Mary! Hope you are having a wonderful w/e!

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  27. Mary, your coloring is outstanding on this and love the festive background papers. What a gorgeous image! The gold framing is just beautiful as well as the gold sentiment! What a fabulous card!

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  28. Beautiful card and a super image, like the design with just the strip of paper and I have to say the first photo does look the best.

    Kath x

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  29. Beautiful cards, MAry. The DP is so pretty and looks great with your beautifully coloured Holly Basket image. The gold mat and sentiment look fabulou!

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  30. They are both gorgeous, Mary! So interesting to see the two color mediums side-by-side, but I sure can't pick a favorite! I love them both!! Hugs, Darnell

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  31. Stunning cards Mary. Love the basket one. Hugs Rita xxx

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  32. Goodness, Mary! Gorgeous image, but more... your coloring techniques are incredible! Beautiful cards. I covet your coloring capabilities! I also love your stamp collection. Wonderful creations. Hugs, de

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  33. great watercolouring and such a pretty Christmas basket.

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  34. Gorgeous cards Mary - and as long as we learn as we go, nothing is ever wasted! Love how you can look at your work constructively critic it.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  35. What a beautiful scene in both cases Mary. Love your choice of papers to showcase this gorgeous festive basket. Fun challenge thank you and so sorry to be a little late. xx

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  36. Wow! These are both gorgeous Mary. Your water coloring is fabulous - I prefer the look of the first one too. But the second one looks more like a watercolor! I really like that image too - you've certainly showcased it beautifully, with the gorgeous gold embossing and the papers.

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  37. Both Christmas cards are beautiful! I love the lovely holly basket image and you colored it beautifully! The layers are so pretty abd the gold die cuts really stand out and are so pretty!
    Hugs,
    Pam

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  38. Hi Mary,
    oh my word these are so gorgeous and beautifully created.
    Love the wonderful images and your colouring is ace.
    Such a very clever designs and beautiful papers and colours too.
    Love the touch of gold too.
    Love and big crafty hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

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  39. Both beautiful cards and colouring but love the darker coloured leaves on the first one
    Carol x

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  40. Both of you cards are so pretty Mary and love the framing.

    Hugs Diane

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  41. These are awesome cards! Great coloring and design!

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  42. Both cards are so beautifully coloured Mary!! You mastered Copics a long time ago, and now Zigs! :) Love both ... you are so talented, my friend. xx

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  43. Gorgeous coloring on both of your baskets of holly Mary! what beautiful Christmas cards! Julia xx

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  44. Two beautiful cards, Mary, very festive designs. xx

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