Friday, September 28, 2018

First Christmas Card of the Year

Happy first week of fall ya’ll! I wish that meant cooler weather, leaves changing colors and sweaters, but alas, I live in central Florida and that just isn’t gonna happen. Florida is not exempt from the power of pumpkin spice however. Thank goodness for that!
I have my first Christmas card to share with you today and a new product to talk about that I used to make this card. It is called Gamsol. Have you heard of it? It is basically just an odor free mineral spirit from what I have come to understand and it is a wonderful blending agent for your colored pencils, whether they are wax, water or oil based. (On this particular card I used my Polychromos pencils, which are oil based.)
SantaWithout further ado…my Santa! I really tried to go for a classic, vintage feel. I stamped Santa, which is a Stampendous stamp called Jolly Santa, with Espresso Truffle Memento ink onto kraft cardstock. Then I colored him using my Polychromos pencils very lightly. I tend to adhere to the rule that less is better. I can always add more color if I didn’t put enough, but I cannot take it away once I put it down. But in this case I did not need to add more color. My light layer of pencil was plenty to get my desired vintage feel. The only place I added extra, after I blended my pencils with gamsol, was on Santa’s hat to add a darker shadow down by his snowball looking pompom. I used a nice pink for his cheeks and lips. Blue for ole’ Kris Kringle’s eyes. A couple of different greens for the holly leaves. The same red on his hat and on the berries. That left his fur, eye brows and beard. For these I first used my Unicorn white pigment ink from Memories and a sponge to dab down a layer of white all over. Then I went in with my Polychromos white pencil and hit the outline and stamped marks of his beard, colored in his brows and outlined the hat and pompom.
Once Santa was colored I got my blending stump and gamsol out. All I did was dip the tip of my blending stump in the gamsol, blot it off on a paper towel before touching it to my coloring and then just started blending my color using a circular motion with my stump. Really small, slow circles. It blended fabulously! I did not need to blend the white because I laid down that layer of white pigment ink to get the color. Here’s a little side note…the gamsol did look wet in a couple of areas where I got too heavy with it, but it did evaporate, and once it was dry I was totally happy with how Santa turned out. Once he was dry I cut him out.
For the card base I chose Very Vanilla from SU. Choosing the off white for the card kind of just let all the design elements fall into place for me.  Very Vanilla cardstock led me to choose the Very Vanilla ribbon with a gold accent, which is also from SU. (To me the gold says “vintage” more than silver does.) The gold on the ribbon made me choose gold embossing powder for the sentiment. I used Zing gold embossing powder from Ranger. I added a little gold thread and a few gold sequins and to bling it all together. The red cardstock is Cherry Cobbler and the pattern paper is Festive Farmhouse, both from SU.
Santa 2Santa 3To finish it off I popped Santa on the card face, added some glossy accent liquid on the berries and I outlined the fur on his hat and his pompom with Diamond Stickles. (This definitely separated the hat from the beard since they are both white.) 
I can’t begin to tell you how excited I get once I start making Christmas cards. It is such a joy for me. Well, I hope you enjoyed my post. Thank you for stopping by. Have a fabulous weekend and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.
Happy Crafting!

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