Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Grungy Monday Christmas Card

I always enjoy the Grungy Monday challenges, but this week even more so.  The inspiration for it comes from one of Tim's 2007 12 Tags of Christmas.  And, since I got onboard the 12 Tags train in 2008, this was a new one for me.  Please click HERE to get all the deets straight from the expert's blog.

Now, as I've mentioned, my intent is to use any challenges I enter to create some holiday cards.  Not wanting to seem like a copycat or anything, my first attempt used a snowman rather than the Santa that Tim used as the focal image.  I really don't love it.  At all.  But will share it so you can see where things can go so very wrong.

I probably should have used black ink on the snowman stamp.  There just wasn't enough contrast between the snowman and the background, which is what lead to my outlining the snowman with my black glaze pen.  Now it looks like the snowman was pasted onto the background instead of being the result of some wonderful technique.  The paint resist snowflakes came out nicely, however.

So, I went back to the Santa idea, and used a wonderful vintagey La Blanche stamp that I picked up recently at one of those deal of the day sites.

I'm much happier with this one.  The snowflakes and script are both Tim stamps; the sentiment is an old Stampin' Up stamp (done with black embossing powder).

I enhanced Santa's hat with fired brick and forest moss distress stickles, his face with rock candy distress stickles, and added some little pine cones and berries. 

By the way, I'm taking Jennifer McGuire's Holiday Card Boot Camp and if you need a little jump start to your holiday cards, I totally recommend it.  Although it already began, registration is open, and once you sign up you will have access to the class FOREVER (and you can download the files and videos if you like). 


Anita Houston said...

I like them both!!! Glad you stuck to cards instead of tags!!!

inge said...

Hello Eileen,

you're right about the snowman... I thought you cut him out of scrappaper and glued it on...
i went for Tim's blog to see what technique you used and what result you were looking after.

Your second card is indeed better : Santa is much more blended in the background.
You could have used a white charcoalpen instead of the black on the snowman to give it some shadow to make it stand out. Maybe if you colored the surroundings of the snowman with more distress ink and make it "darker" there would be a contrast too..

Anyway : it's good that we make "mistakes" sometimes. We do learn from it !

I still have problems with this technique to have a good resist with the paint. Keep on trying I guess ?!

greetings from Belgium

Lori said...

Thanks for sharing both the cards, I do really love the second one with the Santa! Great work, as always!

Christina said...

I love the Santa one! The snowman is very pretty too though..

Jingle said...

Very pretty cards!

Linda Ledbetter said...

Honestly, I think they're both great cards in their own unique way, but the Santa card is *exceptionally* wonderful! It really shows off this technique at its best-- Santa melds beautifully into the background yet still has that ethereal glow that makes him appear to float above it. That's the goal, I think, and you achieved it perfectly. Of course, everything you make is awesome, so I'm not surprised!

Anonymous said...

I love how you worked out the technique - it turned out fabulous!

Anonymous said...

What FUN FUN FUN cards Eileen!!!

teri said...

So great of you to show the "almost ran" card as well as the home run. I'm happy to know I'm not the only one who has things that go not exactly as I'd planned. Love the Santa card!