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!