Friday 16 November 2018

Traditional Christmas Card Scene with a Twist

I decided to relax by colouring in a lovely traditional Christmas image: Jayne's Carol Singers from Claritystamp. Rather than stamping and colouring the image in a more traditional way,  I decided to give it more of a water coloured  look.  I then created a background to turn the topper into a Christmas card.
I stamped the image - designed by the late Jayne Nestorenko for Claritystamp - onto a piece of card (10.5cm x 13cm) in Antique Linen Distress Oxide.  It is a technique that I have seen which allows the line art to fade into the background once the image is water coloured, creating a more painterly effect.
I used my Ecoline pens from Royal Talens to add colour,  scribbling them onto an acrylic block and picking the colour up with a water brush.  I started with warm grey and warm grey light for the stone work.
Next I used sepia and sepia light for the pew.
For the girl's outfit I used scarlet and for the boy's deep green.  The foliage was coloured using fir green and the mittens in ultramarine deep.  Once I had finished the remaining water colouring and the topper was dry,  I drew some of the features back in using a Sakura micron pen.
For the background,  I stamped and heat embossed six of the Clarity Christmas carol music staves onto a piece of card measuring 13.8cm x 20cm.  They were stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed in detail white EP.
They didn't stand out from the background until I blended a layer of Festive Berries Distress Oxide over the top and buffed up the embossing with a clean piece of paper towel.
This was matted onto a piece of green paper (20.5cm x 14.3cm) and added to a piece of A4 hammered card stock, folded in half to create an A5 card blank.
The topper was matted onto another piece of the same green paper and added to the background with foam pads for extra dimension.

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