Saturday, October 28, 2017

Winter Blessings - Updated

So... I stopped by some of my favorite Etsy stores yesterday and discovered a Winter Blessings digital stamp set (from Graciellie Design) that I "couldn't live without!" (smile)
The fun thing about using digital stamps is you can resize them to fit your needs and position them perfectly the first time!
I went over the pine needles with three shades of green and added some DIY snow to the front of my card to give the illusion that it's snowing!
I created a matching insert for my card using a different sentiment from the same (Winter Blessings) digital stamp set!

While it looked ok with just the greens/browns --- I love the extra "pop" the red baker's twine adds - to me it was the finishing touch!

Supplies and Tools:
Winter Blessings (Graciellie Design), Touch Five Markers, Homemade Snow, Baker's Twine

OK - So after I made the first card, I was hooked! I really, really like these pine branches, and since I had a little extra time today I made a second card.
So here's Winter Wishes - Take # 2
This time I printed my image on kraft cardstock and sponged the edges with distress oxide ink.
I added a bit of color to the branches with a green Touch Five marker. To create the a bit of snowy effect, I spattered some watered down acrylic paint over the background and added some white lines to the branches with a gel pen.
The inside pine branches are sponged with Pine Needles Distress Ink.
 Supplies and Tools for Take#2:
Winter Blessings (Graciellie Design), Touch Five Markers, Distress Oxide (Peeled Paint/Walnut Stain), Distress Ink(Pine Needles/Gathered Twigs), Seam Binding, White Acrylic Paint, White Gel Pen, Circle & Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Sponge Daubers

This post linked to:
Power Poppy - Hues to Use
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes with Lace/Ribbon/Trim
Mod Squad Challenge - Add Snow
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

11 comments:

Joyce Erb said...

These are really great! Your coloring of he branches really brought them to life. Thank you so much for participating this week at the Mod Squad Challenge

Greta said...

I can see why you "had" to have that branch as it's so beautiful! Wonderful cards, Esther & I agree about the red/white twine!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my goodness you colored these just beautiful, love the extra touches with the snow, beautiful in both styles great sentiments!!

Julie Koerber said...

GORGEOUS creations Esther!! Love them all! The one on the kraft colored cardstock has that warm, earthy vibe that I so inviting!

Karen Letchworth said...

Absolutely STUNNING work, Esther. I love the life-like look of these branches and pine cones. The red baker's twine is an awesome accent. Thanks so much for sharing with us, and please stop by again soon.
Karen
Really Reasonable Ribbon

Team Clark said...

I really love both of these, but you know how I like to grunge things up so the kraft card jumped out at me. I apologize for being a bad blog buddy, but I can barely keep up with my deadlines these days and my job has been super hectic. It's great to get by here and see your beautiful work in detail. I always enjoy my daily IG peeks! :) Hugs, Autumn

Cheryl Walker said...

Beautiful!! Thank you for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge this week!
Hugs
Cheryl

Virginia said...

This is a really sweet card and a great addition to our challenge. Thanks for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon. Hugs from Ginny at POlly's Paper Studio.

ChristineCreations said...

A beautiful pair of cards! Rich, warm, earthy and cozy!

Cynthia said...

Lovely CAS design with Gracie's new set! The touch of sparkle is perfect, Esther.

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi Esther!
Well...I made a card for this week using this very same set, and let me tell you....mine didn't turn out even nearly as well as yours. This is beautiful. I struggled with mine. Nothing wrong with the images...obviously they are GORGEOUS. It's all ME and struggles with my printer. Grrr. You really nailed this, and made the images SHINE!!! Great use of the baker's twine too. Thanks so much for sharing this beauty with us.
Karen
Word Art Wednesday