Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Christmas cards - large joy with watercolour over a variety of backgrounds

I developed this JOY greeting last year for my Christmas card class.  I had a few leftover in colours that were not quite what I needed when I printed them last year.  So this time around I went looking for supplies that would complement these greetings.  I found this very deep eggplant/brown colour of lightweight cardstock that worked very well with the darker ones and I found that I had recently purchased a package of green cardstock that coordinated perfectly with the green ones.  So, next would be to find a layer that would go in between that worked with both of them.
For the dark ones, I used the dark cardstock and cut two layers 4" x 5.25" one for each of them. For the first one I wrapped a single strand of gold metallic embroidery thread around it in both directions and used tape to secure the ends on the back.  I mounted this layer to an ivory card front.  I used gold shimmery watercolour to fill in the JOY to coordinate and used my distress tool on its edges.  Next, I layered the JOY over a gold layer and then distressed its edges as well.  I mounted the JOY to the gold layer and mounted them to the front of my card using 3D foam tape.  I like this one a lot!!
For the other one, I coloured the JOY to coordinate with my card front and added a green ribbon before mounting my JOY using 3D foam tape.  I added a little gold star punchie which I found in my stash using 3D foam tape to finish it off. 
The green one at the top is very similar.  I used metallic gift wrap for the layer, watercoloured the JOY to coordinate with the red berries in the paper, distressed the edges and mounted it with 3D foam tape and finished it off with a silver start punchie. 
For the second green one, I watercoloured the joy in red.  I embossed a white quarter sheet using a poinsettia embossing folder (SU), trimmed it to size and mounted it to a green card front.  I added a length of red ribbon to which I had tied a short piece using a single knot to simulate a bow secure the ends to the inside of the card using double sided tape.  I mounted the JOY using 3D foam tape over the ribbon.  Happy to have found supplies in my stash to complement these two colours so I will be able to use the printed JOYs.  I have quite a few more images so at some point there will be more cards made with them.            Therese