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Monday, 25 May 2020

Holly and Berries

Hi everyone.  I have just about managed to get my entry in for the CAS Christmas Card Challenge the theme of which is Winter Berries.  I used this digi stamp which I thought would be perfect and printed it on some Bristol Smooth watercolour paper.  I am still not completely confident using digital images and last time I used one I printed it in grey and the water affected the outline and faded it in places, so this time I did it in a very pale green so it was a bit like doing no line watercolouring, but then I did feel that made it much more difficult to colour the holly leaves and get the lines which are part of the texture of the leaves, and had to put back the lines and wasn't sure I did a very good job of it, and the bottom left leaf and piece of ribbon was not quite right, but I decided to enter it anyway as I was in fact extremely happy with the berries.  I feel I have been missing challenges which I normally like to enter through lack of mojo, and for me at the moment things work well or it begins to feel as though I have lost my creative skills entirely...lol, and I suppose I have just not been in the right frame of mind recently.  


I coloured it using my Staedler Brush Pens and a bit of added shading using some dry watercolour pencils, and then blended some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink around the edges, and inked the sentiment with Versafine Deep Lagoon Ink before heat embossing it with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

The CAS Christmas Challenge is based in Western Canada so although the clock has ticked over into the 25th I have a few hours to the close of the challenge.  Sorry to leave it so late Loll and Bonnie, I just wanted to enter.  Thank you for looking at my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.






I am also entering the following challenges:

ABC Christmas Challenge - J for 'Joy' and K for "King' ( I have 'Joy' as part of the sentiment.
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - No. 112 Add Ribbon, Lace or Twine (mine is a virtual ribbon as part of my digital image - hope this counts).
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - No. 72 Anything Christmas Goes.
Merry Little Christmas Challenge - No. 22 May Anything Christmas Goes.
Happy Little Stampers May Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes (Optional: Ornaments).

(So pleased and surprised to be chosen as one of the Outstanding Designs at CAS Christmas Challenge)

19 comments:

  1. Pat, everything about this card works, your berries and leaves are wonderful. I still haven't tried digi images, I'm in awe of all those who use them:)
    thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas

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  2. Beautiful card Pat and great work with this lovely digi images. You have really brought the holly leaves and berries to life with your watercolouring. Especially the berries that look plump and round. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Christmas! xx

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  3. This is really rather lovely, Pat, with it's fab colouring and I just love the hint of blue deepening to the outer edge too - super

    Happy Bank Holiday - stay well

    Kathyk

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  4. Well done for getting this in ahead of the deadline, great card. So many people seem to have lost their mojo during these unprecedented times which I suppose isn't really surprising. I'm finding it good to try and do something crafty each day even if it is only making some inky backgrounds or colouring images (either digital or stamped). They don't always immediately get made into cards but they are there when the mood takes me. Take care

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  5. What a beautiful card.
    Thank you for participating by The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge.
    Hugs Bianca DT

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  6. A fabulous card Pat - very elegant.
    Kath x

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  7. Oh it's wonderful Pat and so beautiful done! I love the way you did the bow... I hope you are keeping well... strange times and I'm sure your mojo will return, just do what you enjoy. Have a lovely day

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  8. It's a beautiful card Pat, beautifully designed and coloured. It's a lovely image too. I am never confident with digi images either, and I find that the ink does run a bit, Kate x x

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  9. Simply beautiful. Beautiful card and colouring. Thank you for joining us at CAS Christmas.

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  10. Pat this is such a beautiful card x. I totally understand about missing challenge deadlines and totally understand about using Digi's x.

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  11. The colouring on your holly image is beautiful Pat it's such a beautiful Christmas card

    Anne

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  12. I could not have guessed that your mojo is missing and that you feel that your skills are missing, this card is just beautiful with the lovely coloring against the crispy white!

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  13. gorgeous card for the holidays...
    You are not alone in feeling that way, I think so many of us have had our lives turned upside down in this pandemic.
    take care,
    xx Karen

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  14. This is lovely Pat - great colours. It looks very vintage the way you have coloured it - whether you struggled with the colouring or not - it looks great. Thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge xx Lynda DT

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  15. And a well deserving top pick at CAS Christmas Card Challenges too - Congrats

    Kathyk

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  16. Fabulous card, Pat. The leaves and berries look so realistic. xx

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  17. Such a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing with us at the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge. DT Shona x

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  18. You’ve made a great job of the leaves and berries. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge.

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