Saturday, 19 November 2011

Sundays with Chrissie Guest DT Spot

I am really thrilled today as I have a Guest DT spot over on Sundays with Crissy which is very exciting :-D  The challenge this month is to create a Christmas themed card or project in non-traditional Christmas colours - that is specifically to not use red or green.  I have a couple of Crissy's wonderful images that are Christmas themed and couldn't decide which to use so I decided to do both!

For my first card I printed her very jolly Santa on kraft paper and coloured him just using polychromos pencils from Faber Castel -eek no copics!  I usually use copics for skin and under colouring and finish with pencils for detail but as this was kraft paper I knew the copics wouldn't show up so had to go straight in with pencils.  I'm actually really surprised and pleased with the results - I didn't use sandsoder for blending either as it doesn't work on kraft so did any blending with dry stumps.

Once coloured I cut him out with a nestie and then used the same nestie sets to create a frame with kraft card.  I darkened the frame with a couple of shades of distress inks and added a pearl shimmer spritz for a vintage yet frosty feel.  I added some  DP from the My Minds Eye Signature Christmas stack to a 7 x 5 inch kraft base card.  The DP is mostly brown but has frosty white glitter and snowflakes so I finished the card with a snowflake cut with a large MS punch again from kraft and coloured with picket fence distress stain and some pearl smooch with a large pearl center.  The sentiment is a Craftwork Cards die cut.

As he's entirely in kraft - I'm entering him into the lovely Spotted Chick's That's Krafty Thursday challenge too.

For my second card, I used one of my favourite ever images from Crissy - Mudzie Plays Christmas Tree - I just love Mudzie and the humour of the image.  This is a very large 8 by 8 inch base card, again kraft - I have a weakness for it can you tell ;-) so I printed Mudzie quite large to match - this is the joy of digi for me over rubber - you can decide on the size to suit your project.

This time Mudzie is coloured entirely with copics and to avoid the red and green this time I took my inspiration from the Happy Holidays sentiment which is cut from a DCWV paper stack and I went with purples and teals.  I had lots of fun creating Mudzie's fur so have done a close up shot below.  Once I'd coloured him, I added stickles to the tinsel to add sparkle and texture and added glitter and glaze to the baubles, star and lights.  The candy canes I feared would be difficult without red - but I think they work well in pale teal and are just mint flavoured instead of fruit!

The teal DP is an old 12x12 sheet so I don't know who it is by but its is rich flocked velvet.  The purple sheet on top of that is from the same DCWV stack as the sentiment.  I added a little silver mirri for Christmas shimmer and to echo the lights on Mudzie I used my MS lights punch on black card and then tried to punch it through the material they make sequins from but it got stuck :-(  I really wanted that sequin look however, so I drew round one of the bulbs MANY times and cut them out by hand....  It did take ages to do but I'm glad I persevered as it does give a lot of shine and shimmer as I'd hoped it would.

I've loved Guesting over with Crissy this month and hope you've enjoyed my shares - do pop along to this post and join in the challenge with your red and green free Christmas themed projects.

Thanks for stopping by today :-)


  1. congrats on your guest spot, Tara! They are both so brilliant!

  2. Wow all gorgeous

  3. This card is wonderful, i love mooses.
    Where is there this stamp?

  4. Tara you did a magnificent job on both cards. I esp. love the Santa one, it looks vintage the way you did it. Love to see those pencils on kraft paper! Very cool! Mudzie is well done too though, love the texture you got on his fur. I am so happy you agreed to this guest spot. You did great! Thank you!!

  5. Ooooooh, isn't he pretty?? Ummmm, make that handsome. OH you know what I mean! He's FABULOUS! I love the design and your coloring is GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for playing along in my That's Krafty Thursday challenge! {{{hen hugs}}}

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