Hi everyone, Heidi here, today I’m on the blog with a cute Christmas card project using lots of gorgeous Lindy’s colors! Let’s get started!
I started my project by stamping this adorable penguin image (Whimsy Stamps Penguin Christmas Tree stamp) onto some Smooth paper using Black ink and heat embossing afterward using Lindy’s embossing powder in Clearly Clear. This way the lines stay black and crisp no matter how much water I add later.
Next, I colored my penguin image: I started with the penguin itself using Lindy’s Squirt in Hockey Puck Black for the dark parts and Lindy’s Spray in Sea Grass Green for the lighter parts. I added some of the color to my palette and picked up the color with my brush. Making the color lighter on the paper using water and darker by adding more layers after each layer dried.
Then I worked on his little feet and his beak as well as the large star image. For my orange, I choose Lindy’s Magical in Hag’s Wart Orange and for the gold star, I choose Lindy’s Magical Shaker in California Poppy Gold. I applied the colors in the same way as I did with the previous ones, building layers until I liked what I had. Just remember that once the color is dry, you can’t lift it like you can with regular watercolor paint!
Next, I colored the baubles using Lindy’s Magical in Pretty in Pink Pink. When coloring a round object the highlight (the lighter part of the image) will be round or oval as well, if you are not sure how to color an object look that same object up on the internet and use that as an example. I always pretend that my light source is in the top left-hand corner (unless there is a light source visible in the image itself like a candle, a lamp or the sun), so that way I always know on what side of the object my shadow will be.
The only parts remaining uncolored are the string of lights and the last decoration as well as the area around the image. For my bright yellow and green colors I choose Lindy’s Magical in Bonjour Butter and Lindy’s Magical Shaker in Cathedral Pines Green. I applied these colors in the same way as I did with the others. Lastly, I colored around the image using a mixture of Sea Grass Green for the bottom part and green, yellow and gold for the area around the penguin.
When the coloring is done and dry I added some highlights using a white Gelly Roll Pen and then I fussy cut the image, leaving a small border, with my scissors.
Time to work on my background panel, I die cut a square panel, two sizes smaller than my card base, from some watercolor paper. I stamped one of the sentiments from the Lili of the Valley stamp set called Christmas Handwritten Phrases onto this panel using Archival ink in Jet Black and applied some white Modeling Paste over a snowflake stencil (TCW2162) using a palette knife and let that dry.
When dry I applied my colors of choice to this panel: I used the California Poppy Gold, Pretty in Pink Pink and Sea Grass Green for this part of my project. I started by adding the gold color little by little adding powder to the panel, spraying with water, which makes the color run, drying the panel with my heat tool and so on until I liked how dark the color was. Then I added some splatters with the pinkish-red color and spraying them directly, before they dried, creating a bit more depth to my background. To ground the penguin a little bit more I added the gray-green color with a brush on the bottom left-hand part, sprayed the color with water and dried it. Ending with a last layer of the gold color to brighten the bottom left-hand area a bit.
For my final embellishments, I choose some star-shaped chipboards. I pressed each star image in a VersaMark ink pad (which is a clear sticky ink) and then added Lindy’s embossing powder in Cafe au Lait on top, tapping off the excess and melting the powder with my heat gun. This way I added three layers and finished with a little bit of Lindy’s embossing powder in Tannenbaum Green Gold over a few area’s of the chipboard (use one corner of the VersaMark ink pad and rub it over the area you want to add the green color too, sprinkle the green embossing powder on and melt it).
Now I’m ready to put my card together: I die cut a slightly larger square panel from some matching dark pinkish-red card stock and adhered both square panels together using liquid glue. When your watercolor panel is warped then this is the moment to put the combined square panels in a thick book at let it sit for half an hour. When you take it out it will be perfectly flat. This combination I can now adhere to a creme colored square card base using foam tape.
Next, I adhered the star-shaped chipboards on top using Multi Medium Matte in the small bottle and then the penguin image on top using foam tape.
To finish my card I added some Glossy Accents on top of the baubles, the Christmas lights and the star the penguin is holding (and letting it dry) for an extra 3D effect!
Some detail pictures:
- Embossing Powder: Clearly Clear, Cafe au Lait and Tannenbaum Green Gold
- Magical: Hag’s Wart Orange, Bonjour Butter and Pretty in Pink Pink
- Magical Shaker: California Poppy Gold and Cathedral Pines Green
- Spray: Sea Grass Green
- Squirt: Hockey Puck Black
- Penguin stamp, Strathmore smooth bristol paper, Versafeine onyx black ink, The Crafter’s Workshop modeling paste, stencil, palette knife, VersaMark ink, sentiment stamp set, Wycinanka chipboards, white Gelly Roll pen, small brush, Glossy Accents
And that’s it for today’s cute and fun Christmas card project! I wish you a creative day!