Saturday, 29 July 2017

Church in the Pines

My charity card-making class is coming up in mid-August, so I've been crafting another Christmas card to teach the ladies. I wanted to stretch them a little bit with watercoloring, without OVER stretching them!!

This detailed stamp from Northwoods Rubber Stamps (Church in the Pines) looks like it might be hard to color. However, if you use "block" coloring, you can fill in the spots rather quickly.

I've uploaded a video on how I colored this stamped image, if you'd like to click HERE to take a look.

The results are better if you use watercolor paper, as opposed to white cardstock.

I used markers to color the church (SU So Saffron and Summer Sun, and Ruby Red for trim around windows and roof). The sidewalk is colored with SU Sahara Sand marker. The edges of the snowy hills are outlined with a SU Pool Party marker. I purposely scribbled on these colors quickly to prove that 1) it doesn't take much time to color and 2) no special skills are required! You can use any colors and any brand markers to achieve this look.

The trees were colored using Tim Holtz Distress Stains and a aqua brush: start with Cracked Pistachio all over, and then use Mowed Lawn (and water for blending).
The sky was colored using Tim Holtz Distress Stains direct from the bottle, using the built-in applicator: Tumbled Glass was applied on the entire sky area; Salty Ocean was applied on 2/3 of the sky; and Stormy Sky was applied to only 1/3 of the top edge.

Take white craft/art glue (which dries clear), water it down a little bit, and use a paintbrush to spread it on the roof of the church and all the snowy hills in the foreground. Sprinkle diamond glitter on those areas.

The coloring and glittering of this image took only minutes.

Finish the card with a sentiment and embellishments. My card featured a "Merry Christmas" stamp from Stampin' Up! (Four the Holidays).

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