It’s a new week which means it’s time for a new Merry Monday challenge! Christmas is rapidly approaching so it’s really time to knuckle down and finish up those cards. This week’s challenge is being hosted by Deanne who is asking for Santa hat’s on our cards. I decided to use the hats as the only image on my card, creating my own patterned paper with them.
I started by stamping the Christmas hat from Lawn Fawn’s Hats of to You set repeatedly onto a piece of watercolour paper. I used MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink as it is safe for watercolour techniques. I then chose a red from the Gansai Tambi watercolours (number 30 – Cadmium Red) and used it to paint my hats. I didn’t bother with having a particular lightsource, instead painting the hats so that they were all darkest on the side near the fold. I didn’t add any colour to the trims or bobbles on the hats.
Once the hats were all painted and dried I trimmed the panel down to be just smaller than my card base. I then trimmed some green mirror card to fit my card base, and gutted the middle of it in order to conserve it.
I measured the sentiment I wanted to use, then trimmed another piece of the same watercolour paper to the right size for my sentiment panel. I used the same paper so that the white areas would be consistent in shade throughout the card. I then placed it in my MISTI and stamped it using a stamp set from Happy Little Stampers called Everyday Sentiments, which I believe is now retired. I stamped the large “Merry” using Altenew Ruby Red ink and the rest of the sentiment with the black MFT ink I had used for the hats. I trimmed the sentiment panel slightly to make sure the sentiment looked evenly sentiment, then created a coordinating mat (again gutted) from the green mirror card.
I used my glue pen to adhere each of the panels to their mats, then used double-sided tape to attach everything to the card base.
I really like this card! It’s fun but not too complex. The painting took a little while but it was nice and relaxing because I didn’t really need to put too much thought into it. And the mirror card adds a little something extra whilst bringing in the traditional green to accompany the red.
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Merry Monday – Santa Hat
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Charlotte (that’s me!)