Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Sentinel

Yes, friends -  another Christmas card!  This time 3 versions using the same stamp.  I was so surprised and pleased to be picked the challenge winner over at Merry Monday last week - I just had to join in on this week's challenge, use a reindeer.

I bought this beautiful Penny Black stamp, Sentinel, on sale at Michaels several months ago and knew he'd be perfect for this challenge.
I stamped him in Archival Jet Black, heat set the ink, then watercolored over the trees, sky, moon and the reindeer.  I splattered white acrylic paint over the panel using an old tooth brush then dotted white on the bigger dots (most of which are part of the stamp) using the round end of a paintbrush.
I brushed over pretty much everything with my clear Wink of Stella which is so hard to see in a photo but makes it quite shimmery IRL!  You may see some of the shimmer on the trees and moon below.
And since I've decided when I make a card for my Christmas stash - I'm going to try and make multiples while I have the supplies out, so I made two CAS cards using this beautiful stamp.
For my second card - I just embossed the stamp in silver and added clear rhinestones.
and for my third card I just embossed the stamp in gold and added gold half pearls.
I'm linking my first watercolored card to these challenges:
 A new challenge I just discovered -  The Heart Desires Challenge
I was inspired by the blues - and the snowy backgrounds!
Anything Goes (using a Penny Black stamp)

 Thanks for stopping by today!  I'm having the staples removed from my back surgery tomorrow morning - they've been itching so I'm sure I'll feel much better with them out!
Stamps:  Sentinel - Penny Black, Silent Night - PTI
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI
Ink:  Versamark, Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  watercolor paints, water, brush, heat tool, gold and silver embossing powders, gold half pearls, clear rhinestones, foam dots, word window punch - SU


Susan Joyce said...

Love the first card Julia great design detail. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

Redanne said...

Congratulations on your win! Such a clever idea Julia, it is amazing how different one stamp can look! I love the first card with the snowy sky, but then the second and third are so striking! Clever use of a very beautiful stamp! Hugs, Anne xx

Bonnie said...

Three wonderful ways to use this stamp, Julia! Good idea to make multiples while everything is out! Congratulations on your well deserved win!

Susan said...

Congratulations on being last week's winner! I love the three versions of your reindeer card. The sky, moon, and snow in the first one is fabulous.

Heather Hopson said...

Both cards are simply beautiful and well done. You are truly inspiring. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Three gorgeous cards, Julia - especially love the gold embossed one - so elegant!!

Loll said...

Three beautiful and unique designs Julia. Great idea to make multiple (but different) designs while you have your supplies handy. Congrats again on your win at MM last week!

So happy the staples will be coming out tomorrow. You will feel so much better, I'm sure. Take care. xx

Kim Heggins said...

Stunning that amazing deer!

Toni said...

O.M.G. absolutely amazing. The deer is majestic and perfectly showcased on all of your cards! Hope you join in at The Heart Desires again!

Katie Ann Brooks said...

This is fabulous! Love your take on the challenge and tanks for joining us at THD!

maria f. said...

Such a wonderful stamp, Julia. I love how you've used it in three different, but beautiful ways.

~amy~ said...

Julia, how fun to see that stamp a couple different ways! They are all marvelous!
Thanks for joining us at The Heart Desires!

Juhi said...

Oh my! these are just so gorgeous!! Thanks so much for joining us at THD this month. We hope to see you again next month!