I know what you are thinking!!
I know that we never want to see Christmas again . . . until December!
I know you are wondering why on earth I would start sharing Christmas projects in February when we are still in Christmas overload, having created Christmas cards and home decor items for the last 6 months of last year, from Christmas in July, all the way through our bleak winter, rainy spring and into the frantic lead-up to December 25th.
I know that I suffered Christmas burnout! And that's why I need to post this now. Because a few people asked me about water-colouring the Father Christmas stamp and wanted to see how I did most of my Christmas cards.
And I did take step-by step photos at the time, but it was just too busy a time to keep banging on about it! And since the Father Christmas stamp set is still available to buy in the Holiday Catalogue Carryover List, I thought now would be a good time to show you those step by step photos! Just in case you loved it so much, you wanted to use it to start creating your own Christmas cards for the 2017 season - good idea to start now!
So, I started with Thick Whisper White Card, and the Archival Basic Black Ink Pad. Make sure you allow time for it to dry properly. Next step was using the blender pen and Delightful Dijon Ink Pad. Don't you love how that Dijon takes on a gorgeous gold look in this application?
The tree is coloured with Garden Green Ink Pad and Blender Pen.
How do I use the blender pen with the ink pad?
I squeeze the lid of the ink pad (when it's closed) to force some of the ink into the lid, which I then use like a paint pallet. I pick up the ink with the blender pen, and be sure to always have some scrap paper nearby to take any excess off in case you want to colour a little lighter.
There were plenty of little details in the Santa image to turn to gold - just like Midas!
The next step was using the Real Red Ink Pad, and I'm sorry I don't seem to have taken a close up photo, but you can see I applied the colour more intensely where shadows would fall naturally, and allowed it to be lighter on the top of the sleeve and facing panels of his coat where light might fall.
The final step in the colouring was applying very small amounts of Soft Sky ink onto the fur trim and his beard, and in the shadow on the ground, because even though we know these items are white, they can still have shadows which may take on a blue effect.
The background layers were Whisper White embossed with the Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on page 27 of the Annual Catalogue, and Real Red card cut with Layering Ovals Framelits.
So then the coloured Father Christmas images had to be cut with the ovals too.
The layering was a good task to do at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre casual kiosk - especially when our favourite ladies from Gloria Jeans make great coffee like this to keep us going!
For a bit of variety and interest, I mounted the cards as a mixture of portrait and landscape, and used two different greetings.
I also did a couple of variations with the backgrounds using other stamps from the set.
At the end I had some left over card bases and Real Red Scallop ovals, so I made a couple of extra cards using some of the pieces I had previously cut from the Candy Cane Designer Series Paper.
The Father Christmas Stamp Set is available to order through my online shop. Click on the picture to see it.