Friday, 23 September 2016

White Poinsettias for Polkadoodles

Hello lovely peeps

It's time for a new 'Anything Goes' challenge at Polkadoodles, with the optional theme of Christmas.
I was lucky enough to receive the gorgeous new Christmas stamps and co-ordinating CD which Nikky launched last Friday on Create and Craft, so I have used these for my inspiration card.

I was a bit stumped again this week on how to I was going to physically make my card. I wanted to combine a stamped poinsettia with one of the background papers from the CD, but I knew my hand/elbow wouldn't be up to cutting out the flowers for layering on top. Luckily, Pebeo drawing gum came to the rescue (more on that in a minute).

To start off, I dragged the turquoise snowflake paper into CraftArtist and sized it to 6"x6". I then brought in one of the lovely sentiments and converted it from black to white before splitting it into two halves and positioning it over the paper. I printed the project in black and white onto copy paper to make sure it was the right size for my card.

I laid the copy paper over the top of some watercolour card and drew some lines around where the blocks of text were, leaving slight indentations on the watercolour card underneath. Now that I knew where my poinsettias could go, I started stamping.

The set doesn't include a poinsettia flower, but you get three different leaf/petal shapes to 'build' your own. I used the largest leaf/petal first, stamping it onto the watercolour card with Dove Grey Stazon. Since the petals needed to overlap I needed to mask some of them off, and this is where the Pebeo Drawing Gum comes in.

After I had stamped each petal I painted the gum over the top and waited a few minutes for it to dry before doing the next one. Although this was quite time consuming it did give my elbow some much needed rest periods*.  Obviously, if your hands are up to it, it is a lot quicker to cut out masks from sticky notes.

* I am under strict instructions from my physiotherapist not to overdo it. Spoilsport ;D

 Once I'd finished building the flowers, I printed my backing paper and sentiment over the top of the watercolour card (I used 160gsm because my thicker watercolour card will not go through my printer).

Dab off any remaining printer ink from the masked flowers and then rub off the drawing gum.

I added some definition to my poinsettias by painting them with Spectrum Aqua markers
(Jasmine, Moss and Black)

I cut this down and glued it onto a 6"x6" card blank, and added a bit of sparkle with a Wink of Stella pen.

The centres are polystrene balls from my old beanbag which I glued on with Cosmic Shimmer.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
That's Crafty! Challenge Blog Christmas in September
Winter Wonderland two Dies and or Add some Sparkle
Addicted to Stamps and More #212 Make your mark
Inspiration Destination  #104 Always Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart #128 Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge 14 Anything Goes 

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x


Valerija said...

Very beautiful and elegant Christmas card.
Valerija xx

Simply Angelic Crafts said...

Wow what a brilliant project that technique is just FAB hugs Aly xxx

Scrappy Scatty said...

how lovely xx

Karon said...

OMG - this is stunning! Have a great weekend.

Tracy Welham said...

So gorgeous, love the texture. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

Fikreta said...

very nice!

Marjeta said...

Beautiful card. Gorgeous colors.


Crafting Belle said...

Stunning, love how you did the sentiments xxx

Tracy said...

Wow, this looks like a lot of work!!! hugs tracy


Beautiful card Katrina thank you for joining us over on
Inspiration Destination
Dianne xx

Anonymous said...

Fabulous xx

Anne said...

This is beautiful Katrina, I wouldn't know where to start so thanks for taking the time to do the steps. Love the non-traditional Christmas colours. I've just done a Christmas birthday card for a magazine and this would have been perfect!
Hope you're still recovering well

Anne x

Anjie said...

ooooo this is stunning!

Bev said...

what a beautiful card. I love the way you built up the poinsetta.

Keen Crafter's Hand Made Goodies said...

This is just beautiful 😀

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Katrina, such a fabulous design.

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Just love how you have created this beautiful Christmas Card, the end result is just perfect. Love the wonderful sentiment. Nice work and thank you for illustrating so nicely on your blog too, it was a pleasure to visit and view your work. Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

Unknown said...

Elegant card thank you for joining in with us at world wide open and good luck

Caz said...

What a gorgeous make...Thank you for sharing with us at World Wide Open...And good luck..Hope to see you again soon..

Caz x
[Caz DT for World Wide Open DT Challenge]
My Blog

crucibelle said...

I am really impressed with this technique. I love to do digital & hybrid card making & rarely come across techniques such as this. Thank you so much for sharing! Your card is stunning!