Sunday, 21 May 2017

Shades of Blue

The latest Jingle Belles Christmas card challenge is "Blue Christmas" - a card in predominantly shades of blue.  And as many of you know, I love blue!  Here's my card:

I created the background by spritzing watercolour paper with lots of water and dropping in various shades of blue watercolour paint.  I let it air dry.

I stamped the tree image in white and heat embossed with white embossing powder. 

When I went to do the sentiment, I used black pigment ink with the intention of using clear embossing powder but picked up the white ep by mistake and didn't like the results at all.  Luckily it was in the MISTI so I restamped with the black ink and then used my clear ep - I got a very strange blend of black and white but this time I just accepted it, and in fact, I kind of like it!

I added three little silver die cut doves and popped the panel up on fun foam.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps - Penny Black tree, Stamp It Australia sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Frost White, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - ivory and silver cs, watercolour paper
Size - A2
Accessories - Memory Box doves, watercolour paints, white and clear embossing powders, fun foam


  1. so pretty, love the wispy tree and the doves flying around. The blue gives a really wintry feel to the image

  2. Gorgeous watercolor wash background for your beautiful heat embossed trees, Susan. I love how your white embossing adds a shadow to your black embossing, which looks more like charcoal grey. Fun how interesting mistakes can turn out. TFS my friend. (just in from 2 1/2 hrs of weeding) I have put in a total of 8 1/2 hrs the last 4 days of weeding and Spring cleaning (outside) and still have a couple more days.

    Looking gorgeous though :-) Hugs..

  3. That's a beautiful background, Susan! Gorgeous rich blues! And the sentiment looks cool! Love those little doves and that tree stamp!

  4. Your background is just amazing on this, Susan! What a unique color of your sentiment and thanks for describing that! Sometimes there really are good accidents! Love that it appears gray instead of the harsh black. This is gorgeous!

  5. Love how the embossing pops on top of your gorgeous watercolor background ... so glad you're celebrating a BLUE Christmas with us at Jingle Belles.

  6. I love how your background creates shadows. Great effect, it extracts white elements up to the top. Sentiment looks like it was engraved in the ice. It has such depth, WOW! I love blue and your card is perfect for me!

  7. Your watercoloured panel is so beautiful with the different shades of blue. This is definitely a "Susan" card. :) Love your happy accident with the white and black embossed sentiment. The silver doves look perfect with your sentiment colour! xx

  8. what an amazingly elegant and artistic holiday card! i love *EVERYTHING* about this! thanks for celebrating "blue christmas" with us at JINGLE BELLES! ♥

  9. So pretty in that vibrant blue Susan! love the birds and sentiment - what a happy result from the embossing 'accident'! Julia xx

  10. Your sentiment looks almost pewter-like to me and I love it. Gorgeous card!


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