Friday, 8 September 2017

Mistletoe Friends - Watercolouring or Marker Pens?

Hello, Crafters.

When I saw my GP yesterday she told me the Xray had been of my spine, not my ribs, and that the report was inconclusive! 

As there is no treatment for cracked ribs I suppose it doesn't matter, but the good news is that my GP is arranging a Dexa Scan for me!

Yesterday I stamped two images of the family of four animals from the Mistletoe Friends Stamp Set, using Basic Black Archival Ink. 

I painted the image I'd stamped on Whisper White Cardstock (CS) using Marker Pens, and the one I'd stamped on Shimmery White CS, I coloured by watercolouring.

I used watercolouring for the background of the image painted with Marker Pens.

I was pleased with the results of both methods, except for the watercolouring of the cat's hat and sweater - I used Real Red, but it looks pink! 

I used far too many different colours for each image to list them all here. 

I was determined not to restrict myself to just three or four colours, which is my preference! 

I enjoyed colouring both images, and apart from the Real Red I've already mentioned, I don't prefer one or the other; I like them both!

For the Marker Pen card, I started with a card base of Whisper White CS, a layer of Old Olive CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS. 

This layer had already been dry-embossed using the Garden Trellis Embossing Folder in preparation for a previous project, but I'd decided not to use it on that occasion!

I cut one of the new Gold Foil Snowflakes in half, and adhered each piece behind a square of the Christmas Around The World Designer Series Paper (DSP). 

I'd cut this to the same size as the image, which was 3" x 3". 

Then I adhered the image at an angle, and then to the card front, again at an angle. 

I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Whisper White CS, using Pear Pizzazz Ink. 

I die cut it using an oval die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, and adhered it to scalloped oval from the same DSP. 

It had been die cut using a die from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.

Inside the card I adhered a layer of Pear Pizzazz CS with a layer of Whisper White CS. 

It hasn't been decorated yet, but I'm planning to stamp the candy cane from this stamp set on the top layer and colour it in using Real Read and Pear Pizzazz Marker Pens.

For the watercoloured image I started with a card base in Shimmery White CS, a layer of Pool Party CS and a top layer of Shimmery White CS. 

I chose two designs from the Christmas Around the World DSP, and fish tailed them using the Triple Banner Punch. 

Using a ruler and the 0.5 Journalling Pen, I drew faux stititches around both banners and the image. 

I used  a Silver Foil Snowflake cut in half to adhere behind the image, and laid it on the card front along with the two banners so I could decide on the layout. 

As I didn't have much room for a sentiment, I chose the banner stamp from the Seasonal Bells Stamp Set. 

Looking at it now, I see I stamped it on a piece of Whisper White CS - I should have used Shimmery White CS! 

I used Basic Grey Archival Ink, and cut he sentiment out freehand. 

Hopefully I can correct this with a new image on the correct CS, and adhere it on top to cover it up. 

I've adhered a layer of Pool Party CS and Shimmery White CS inside the card, but haven't decorated it yet. My plan is the same as my Marker Pen card but I'll colour the image using watercolours.

Although I don't normally like rainbow coloured cards, I'm quite pleased with how these cards have come out!

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Such a cute image,isn't it? Looks like you had lots of fun playing with it too! It's one that I am looking forward to colouring too. I do like the juxtaposing of the bit of plaid DSP and snowflake die behind ... really, really cute, Jan! Glad too that you're getting the medical attention you're needing too. Take care, and thank you for this!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. Apart from the colouring I was well out of my comfort zone with this project, and I quite enjoyed being there for a little while! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

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    1. Many thanks, Peter. ☺ Happy craftng. JanB.