Sunday, 24 December 2017

Winter Pine Branches and Berries

Hi all.  I'm sorry I haven't been around much lately but have been so busy with other things this past two or three weeks that posting has had to take a back seat.  I have managed to keep visiting though and looking at all your beautiful Christmas cards.  Everything has calmed down now and we went out yesterday to get the last food shopping so today we will be able to relax.

This was the card I made and sent to our DS in Australia.  He has received it now so thought I would show it.  Last year I was sad that for some reason he didn't get it until after Christmas but so pleased it arrived on time this year.

This was created using a card I found over here as my inspiration, made by Heather Telford, and as I don't have the stamp I decided to just paint it as a more or less direct CASEing of it.  For those that don't know Heather she does do the most amazing work and is just so talented at watercolouring,  and if you visit her using the link above you will see what I mean.  I used very few lines and just went for it, and I was fairly pleased with the result but wish I had made the sky a stronger blue to give more contrast.  I was having trouble coming up with something and time was pressing as I new the last dates for posting were imminent, and thought that the foliage and berries would work, though I did wonder if the finished piece might look a bit plain and uninteresting.

I used my watercolour paints and I also did some spattering with white acrylic paint and added some white gel pen snow on the branches and in amongst the foliage.  I heat embossed the sentiment with WOW Silver Metallic Embossing Powder.  I then mounted it on to dark green card and added it to a 6" square white base card  on which I embossed some snow using a SSS Snowfall stencil.  It doesn't show up much in the photo unfortunately.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you are all prepared and looking forward to the festivities.


  1. A gorgeous card Pat and I just love the depth of colour in the branches. Thank you so much for your good wishes and I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kindness and support over the last year. I wish you a peaceful Christmas and all of the best in 2018. Looking forward to seeing more of your gorgeous cards. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

  2. Your card is beautiful, Pat, so glad this year's arrived in time. Thanks for your visit to my blog this morning already!, hope you will be feeling better by tomorrow too, to enjoy your Christmas Day.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family


  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and health and happiness for 2018. Sending Christmas hugs, Flo xx

  4. Such an artistic card and this one should be framed (you'll have to ask your DS to send it back x). Stunning and so creative x Yes such a busy time of year....Merry Christmas to you and your family and here's to a Healthy, Happy and Crafty 2018 x

  5. This is lovely Pat - I wouldn't have been so brave to attempt it! I'm with you on the Heather front... how irritating for one single person to have soooo much talent!!!! LOL
    Have a lovely Christmas. x

  6. Wow gorgeous card, I love it ! Seasons Greetings to you, have a wonderful time :) xx ps.. thank you for all your kind comments at my blog :) xx

  7. An absolutely stunning card Pat. Your water colouring is wonderful. Your son must have been very impressed. A very special card! Wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas and I look forward to visiting you again in 2018. Barbxx

  8. Wow!!! I think you are as talented as Heather in watercoloring, Pat!!! Your card is beautifully colored and designed with love! Wishing you and yours very merry Christmas and a great start into the New Year!!!

  9. Wow, creativity at its best! Merry Christmas!

  10. I do know Heather's work, and she's so talented. BUT so are you, and I'm so impressed with your artwork, and so would Heather be. Your sky background is perfect for the pine branches, and what a lovely work of handmade beauty for your son. This should be displayed and kept as an heirloom for his family. Blessings, TFS & Hugs. Merry Christmas.

  11. so how you coloured the evergreens, soft and pretty.
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
    xx Karen


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