Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Christmas Twofer

I missed the last Christmas Kickstart challenge, so this time I didn't put off making my entry.  The theme is Christmas Tree & there's a twist.  Darnell is the Guest Elf, so we're asked to make a Twofer.  That means you use the same tree product for 2 different card designs.  My fun tree is from SSS Color Me Trees.
The first card is my second attempt using Altenew Watercolor markers.  I white embossed the tree image 3 times, slightly curving the bottom edge on a wc panel.  Then I colored the trees with a green marker by adding color to the tree centers & pulling it to the edges with a small wet brush.
I added color until I was happy with the result.  Then it was time for the background--so scary!  I used light & dark blue markers with water.  When it was dry I added splatters of white gesso thinned with water & shimmer spritz.  I used Stampendous Shaved Ice & some prisma glitter for the snow.
Don't think I've ever used this sentiment from the 2013 Penny Black set called yuletide greetings, but I love it--here embossed in silver.  With the snow so sparkly, I decided to add shimmer to the trees with a pen--really pretty in person.  I'm also entering SSS Flickr 128, ModSquadRetro Rubber & SSS Wednesday.
Modsquad ChallengeRRCB 116
For the second card I white embossed the tree on a white panel which I then covered with Distress Inks barn door & festive berries.  I used a dauber & white ink with the SSS Zig Zag Dots stencil for the background.
SSS Holiday Frames was die cut from gray cardstock & a couple die cut IO snowflakes were brushed with a red shimmer pen.  The tree was brushed with a shimmer pen & covered with Nuvo Glaze.  A gray gem was added to the stacked snowflakes which I mounted with foam tape to the corner of the frame.  I'm also entering SSS Flickr 128, SSS MondaySSS Wednesday.

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23 comments:

  1. Two awesome Christmas Tree cards Greta. Very clever designs.

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  2. Oh, Greta, just look at these - they're beautiful! Stunning cards and fabulous twofering. Thanks for playing along at The Christmas Kickstart Challenge, lovely to have you in the gallery again, Jo x

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  3. Two more beauties to add to your wonderful collection! Loving the trees!

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  4. Love them both Greta, so festive and the colors are bold and beautiful.

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  5. you are a card making machine, greta! these are so fun!

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  6. Great techniques on both of these wonderful cards Greta x. Love the contemporary tree image x. The backgrounds look amazing on both. Such a fun idea to make a twofer style for the challenge too.

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  7. Your three trees against the night sky is lovely! You've done a great job on the sky and I too think that the sentiment is fabulous. Thank you for joining in with us at Retro Rubber Challenge.

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  8. Two beautiful cards using that tree. That sounds like a fun challenge. Too bad I am so busy with other plans these days. But I am afraid I will have to pass it up.

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  9. I like your trio of trees on the sparkling snowy hill and that sentiment is just beautiful! Your second card has a fun modern look to it. Two winners Greta!

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  10. Stunning creations Greta, love your tree and how you brought it to life so differently.
    Faith x

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  11. You are getting a lot of Christmas cards done, Greta. I like this pair especially the vibrant red one!

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  12. Love both of these cards, Greta! Christmas trees are one of my favorite images to use for my cards and you have knocked this challenge out of the park!

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  13. Really pretty cards. Love the colors of the blue/green one!

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  14. Gosh, you are really cracking on with the Christmas cards! Both of these are lovely. The peace quote is so pertinent any time of the year.

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  15. Two lovely trees designs but my vote goes to the the super red card. Love this one. Hugs Mrs A.

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  16. So PRETTY! I love that tree die.. it looks so cool on both cards! I gotta tell ya that your red Christmas card looks awesome.. I'm totally drawn to it! Beautiful designs!

    Theresa

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  17. Ohhh these are beautiful!! I saw them over on Instagram and you've inspired me to try getting to Christmas early this year! But then again, it's been soooo nice here lately, that I'd hate to be indoors and miss the glorious weather we've been having. Nonetheless, my Christmas pile is waiting on my table as soon as a rainy day is upon us! :) Just beautiful cards, sweet friend!

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  18. Greta....two simply beautiful Christmas cards! Love them both.

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  19. Fabulous twofer trees, Greta! Especially love the red tree in the photo frame!!

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  20. These designs are both so pretty, Greta! I'm delighted to see you playing in the Kickstart/Twofer challenge~thank you! You did an amazing job with the watercoloring of the three trees and the sky on your Peace design! The schparkle must be incredible in person! And your red design is warm and bold and beautiful! I love the detail the stenciling added and, again, the shimmer must be so awesome IRL! Hugs, Darnell

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  21. I love that shimmery first card Greta! It is absolutely beautiful. And the HE sentiment works so well. Thanks for playing with us this time at Retro Rubber. Claire DT

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  22. What a great set of Christmas cards. All are lovely. Wonderful card for our Tic Tac Toe Challenge. Thanks for joining us!

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  23. Hello Greta - two crafty challenges colliding! I'm visiting from Retro Rubber and instantly recognised your smiling profile from the Card Chain Challenge! Two great cards here, I love the green watercolouring with the embossing of the trees on the first one, beautiful effect!

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