Friday, October 14, 2016

Pinktober - Jingle Belles

I have to admit that I don't mind using pink or blue or purple on my Christmas cards.  Red, green and white in all shades are also pretty regular choices. Yellows and oranges are a stretch, unless of course, they're mixed with any of those other colors.  When I ordered this stamp from Amuse recently, I was picturing the poinsettias in pink - those are the ones that I gravitate to. And since it arrived here in October, it was the perfect choice to use for this challenge.

I attempted to use a technique called no-line watercoloring.  I started by stamping the image in a light color, and I could have and probably should have gone at least another shade lighter.  But my aim was not to have dark lines outlining the image and I think I accomplished that.  I used Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink and Pink Pirouette as my pink choices and when it came to the stems and sprays, I didn't think that a shade of green would look too good over the pink lines so I went with Creamy Caramel. The ink was squished onto the inside of the stamp pad lids and I used an aquapainter brush.  After I added the Creamy Caramel centers and dots to the flowers I took a marker of the same color and highlighted them with that.  On the small flowers I also added some Clear Wink of Stella.  The sequins were added at the end beeeeccccaaaaaauuuuussssssseee, and I don't know where it came from, something black and oily, but thankfully small, appeared on the watercolor paper after I added the ribbon. They're a little bit bright, but they're serving a purpose.  

Now I'm encouraging all my card-making friends to think about joining this challenge.  It's not only a Christmas card you'll be creating, but our Jingle Belles Lauren and Stephanie will be donating $2 each to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  You have until 6 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, 10/19. Check out all the beautiful pink Christmas cards that have already been posted here.

Just sneaking in a quick pic of our little guy who just turned 6 months old.  He has stolen our hearts!


  1. Beautiful pink card Lorraine

  2. This is a technique I keep meaning to of these days I'll make it. Your poinsettias certainly look beautiful , very delicate and soft. I like pinks (and purples) for Christmas cards.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous watercolored poinsettias ... so glad you joined us in the battle against breast cancer at jingle belles.

  4. ok if you're gonna put a pic of THE DUDE at the end of the post, it's totally stealing thunder from your card b/c LOOK HOW FLIPPIN'CUUUUUTE HE IS!!!! how can the universe possibly fit sooooo much ADORABLE into such a little package??!?!?!?! <3 <3 <3

    having said all that, the *CARD* is utterly astonishing, and if i wasn't so shy and retiring (HA!!?!?!) i might well say something like, "oh pleeeeeeeeeeeease can this be mine" but luckily i'm super tactful & stuff! ;) srsly, tho... that is a gorgeous stamp and i think you've done the no-line watercolor thing perfectly... so much so, i'd love to have a playdate where that was being demonstrated by you b/c you know i just never "get it" til i see it being done. ps: the sequins are one of my favorite parts, but sorry about the smudge thingie... (i would NEVER have guessed they weren't part of the overall plan tho!)

    thank you so much for helping us raise money for breast cancer research by LINKING PINK at JINGLE BELLES! <3 <3 <3

  5. I love this card! You did a wonderful job bringing dimension to the poinsettia with your shading, and I almost can't see the outline from the stamp. Thank you so much for sharing this, I can't wait to try the 'no lines' watercolor out for myself!

  6. Oh wow! I looooove this card Lorraine! Such gorjuss colours! So prety!
    And a very cute little boy as well:-)
    Sunshine, New Zealand

  7. Lorraine, this is a perfectly lovely no line watercoloring piece of art work! I think you should send this to Lauren :)

    Absolutely stunning and gorgeous.


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