Thursday, November 10, 2011

Christmas 2011

Merry Christmas 2011: This is my first Copic and Prismacolor marker project! I absolutely love Christmas, and traditional Christmas colors, so I just layered and layered those with my favorite shape, the square, until I was happy with my card. This DIGI image is by Mo Manning, and actually was chosen becuase this little boy, "Jimmy" looks so much like my own 3 year old! I usually add a lot more "bling" to my projecrs, but for this card, I really wanted you to be able to focus on the image of this sweet boy and his excitement about Christmas, so I took a more minimalist approach.
This being my first coloring project, literally, I was pretty pleased with how this sweet boy and his stocking turned out! I have just a few Copic Sketch markers, and so I mixed my coloring with Prismacolor markers that are available where I live. Both worked very well on the Copic Xpress paper, and I could tell a big difference in the ease of coloring with it and the basic cardstock that I tested colors on!
The angle of this photograph really emphasizes the embossed texture on the base of my card, and I think it adds a little something without being a distraction.
For this card, and the many duplicates I will make to mail to loved ones all over the USA, I dove into my STASH, and decided to CLEAR OUT the Clover Meadow cardstock from Close To My Heart that I have had for at least 3 or 4 years. I also used the last red rhinestone on a sheet that I have had for years, too...and yes I saved just one rhinestone... I was thrilled to be able to pull out a very old embossing plate out of my tools stash, and hand emboss the basket weave texture onto my base layer!
*Being a mother of ALL BOYS - I get to create papercrafted projects that reflect my primarily masculine household. (Me, and 2 of our pets are ladies! LOL!) Personally, I love ribbon, flowers, bling, etc... but, for this card, I wanted to truly reflect who we are as a family...we are mostly boys, very bright and colorful, very conservative & square, very complex with lots of layers, and completely in love with Christmas....and I feel that's what my card communicates.
TOP TIP TUESDAY: When working with any medium to dark colored solid cardstock, be sure to wash your hands with a non-moisturizing soap, and DO NOT apply hand lotion or cream! This will keep your cardstock fresh and clean without any oily fingerprints, and will prevent your photos and images from detiorating over time from oily fingers!
***I found some WONDERFUL blogs that are hosting challenges that worked with my card, and here they are! *** Please become a follower of my blog, and visit these, too! **** There She Goes: TSG129 Holiday Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges: #46 Anything Goes w/a digi Heart Song Inspirations: Challenge #23 Anything Goes
*Products I Incorporated Into This Card: Clover Meadow cardstock by CTMH (very old) Classic Red Textured Cardstock by Bazzill Sassy Trees on Ivory pp by Canvas Corp. Copic XPress It Laser White cardstock "Jimmy's Stocking" image by Mo Manning Twine by My Minds Eye Basket Weave Embossing plate by Fiskars (very old) Clover Meadow ink by CTMH (very old) Playful Numbers Stamp Set by CTMH (OLD - not used in 3 years?) Rhinestone bling by Me and My Big Ideas* (very old!) Copic Sketch Markers: 0, 100, BG10, E33, YR04, R29, YG03, YG67 Prismacolor Markers: PM-192, PM-187, PM-90, PM-88, PM-19


  1. Fabulous colouring the sweet image and traditional colours.

    Thanks for sharing at 'Make it Monday'

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  2. :-) I really liked the thought behind your card. Now that's a personal Christmas card! You did a wonderful job with Mo's image and I'm sure everyone who receives one of these will be very happy. I had to laugh when I saw your embossing because I have that ancient old texture plate too. LOL They do come in handy from time to time. :-) Thanks so much for sharing this with us this week at Papercraft Star!

  3. oh just love this image,and the colors you have used really beautifully colored too,bless you for playing at creative craft challenge this week,hugs cherylxxxx

  4. This is such a sweet card - thanks for entering the Paper Creations Ink challenge (Hazel, Guest Designer) x

  5. Beautiful card, thanks so much for joining us at Paper Creations Ink.

  6. Cute card. Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley Challenges.
    Hugs Liv

  7. Ow, I love the image you have chosen, it's made a really cute card.

    Thanks for joining in the fun at Crafty Boots Challenge.


  8. What an adorable image and card. Great job! I am in an 'all boy' family, too. :-)
    Thanks for joining Tuesday Throwdown this week.

  9. Wonderful card and great coloring with the Copics and Prisma's! Fantastic.
    Thanks for joining us at Stamps R Us Challenges.

  10. I really like your play with the numbers, 20-11 and not just 2011. Lots of fun layers too! Thank you so much for playing along with us this week at Papercraft Star!
    Kindest regards,

  11. Great job on your 1st coloring project! Very sweet card! Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley Challenges.


  12. Love your card, the bright colors and embossing are beautiful, I love how the red rhinestone reflects that there is 1 female presence in your house!

  13. What a sweet and personal card. Your coloring is just lovely, along with the embossing that does add beautiful texture and interest. Thank you for sharing this with us over at the Papercraft Star!


  14. Fabulous card love your colouring and your paper choice. Thanks for joining us at CFM, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxx

  15. Schöne Karte.
    Danke, dass du bei uns mitgemacht hast.
    Viele Grüße Doreen EAC-Team

  16. Hi..Very nice card:) Thanks for visiting my blog and ur sweet comment

  17. Beautiful,love the colours and the image.Thanks for sharing with us at Craft your Passion this

  18. Thank you for joining in the fun at Creative3 Craft Challenges with your lovely bright card.

    Sylvia xx

  19. Wow! What a great make! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Boots x

  20. So cute! Thanks for joining us this week at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

  21. It's wonderful when people's cards tell a story deeper than the image and yours has truly done this.
    Thank you for sharing your gorgeous card and obvious coloring talent (even being the first time) as well as the story of your family. This truly makes for an even more amazing homemade card. :)
    Thanks so much for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday!
    Lisa xx
    Great tip too!

  22. Love your gorgeous sweet card.

  23. Great!
    Thanks for joining us at CFAS!
    Jani x

  24. Lovely card. Thanks for joining in with our challenge at Papertake Weekly this week, Andrea x

  25. Personal cards with proper reasons and which are meaningful always seem to come out well, I think! Lovely card - Thanks for joining in at Creative Craft Challenges

  26. Wonderful card. Perfect for Christmas. Thanks for joining us at Cards for Men. Enjoy seeing your creation. Good luck on the challenge.
    Hugs, Pat

  27. wpw what a fab card, love those colourswhat a great christmas card,thanks for joining us at cards for men, good luck in our challenge
    hugs sandra DT xxx

  28. Super cute card and great coloring too!

  29. This is just darling! Thanks for joining us at Heart Song Inspirations Challenge! Hugs, Shannah xox

  30. what a gorgeous and super sweet card, thank you so much for sharing it with us x

  31. What a darling card, your coloring is beautiful. Thanks so much for playing in our Beary Best Challenge, we appreciate it and good luck!

    Jamie from The Beary Scrap DT

  32. Stunning card. lovely image. Thanks for playing with us over at BMC this time.
    Love n hugs

  33. Beautiful Creation I Love your work and hope to see more of it

    Thanks for Joining us at Paper Creations Ink


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