Sunday, July 8, 2018

Poinsettia Blessings

It sure is summer here in MA - we had quite a heat wave last week - what better time to make another Christmas card to try and cool off at least in our minds?!
I used an older Nestability die set called Layered Poinsettias.  I seem to have lost my foam mat that you need to use with these dies so that the leaves get embossed as you die cut them -  so I die cut them and then sponged over the dies with Fired Brick Distress ink before taking the flowers out of the dies.
I layered them over each other - the bottom two layers with foam dots.  I added Copper Micro Beads to the center.
I made the background using the Splash Watercoloring technique which you'll find over at the July CAS Watercolour Challenge.  I rubbed Ranger Distress Hickory Smoke Ink over my craft mat, spritzed with water and pounced my watercolor panel into the ink on the mat.   My sentiment is from Signature Christmas from PTI.

I'm joining in these challenges:

CAS Mix Up Card Challenge

 My box of Christmas cards is getting filled up!  What a great feeling!

Stamps:  Signature Christmas - PTI
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy - PTI, Arches Watercolor paper.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Fired Brick, Hickory Smoke, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Layered Poinsettia Dies - Nestabilities, Copper Micro Beads - Prima, water mister, craft Mat, Blending Tool, Tombow Glue, foam dots.

14 comments:

Mac Mable said...
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Bonnie said...

I love how you've sponged the color through the die to create your poinsettias, Julia! The red and white play beautifully with the gray splashed background! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Christmas and CAS Watercolor!

Lys Scrap said...

A wonderful poinsettia to refresh the air! Very elegant, I love it!

Nancy said...

Talk about resourceful! I can't believe you managed to get the veins back on the die! Love this card Julia!

Loll said...

Such a pretty poinsettia with your sponged colour on top Julia. What a creative way to add colour to your die-cuts! And I love the white and red with that gray splashed background ... just perfect colour combo! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Christmas and CAS Watercolour! xx

froebelsternchen said...

This is amazing - love how you made this ! Gorgeous!

Christine Alexander said...

Julia, the sponging on the leaves looks so crisp with the red veins against the white leaves and love that subtle gray splash background :)
thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas =.

Papercraft Boutique said...

Wow I love the color combo first of all - light gray, red, and white. Your splash background is so beautiful and the white poinsettia with the die-stenciled veins and the Micro Beads is pretty and unique! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Christmas! Hideko xx

Susan said...

Gorgeous poinsettia - love the way you coloured it using the openings in the dies! Beautiful contrast with the grey splashed background. Thank you so much for joining us at CAS Christmas and CAS Watercolour!

Trina P. said...

Gorgeous, Julia! Love your splash watercolor background. So elegant behind your beautiful layered die cut poinsettia! Thank you for joining us at CAS Christmas Poinsettia challenge. x

nancy littrell said...

Love your cooling white poinsettia with your sponged red veins. Your grey splashed background looks wonderful with your red accents. TFS and joining us at CAS Watercolour, my friend. Hugs..

Mac Mable said...

What a striking card. Love how you did the veining in the red. The background splash effect looks fabulous and sets off that beautiful die cut poinsettia. The addition of the beads in the centre of the pretty poinsettia sets off your stunning card to perfection.

Robyn Oliver said...

Just lovely Julia

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Beautiful white poinsettia with the red spines, Julia! Just love it over the grey background you created !!