Saturday, October 3, 2009

Very Merry Holly

Hello! Here is a card I made for the Gina K release party. I used my new set, A very Merry Christmas and colored with Koh-i-noor pencils for the first time in ages. Since I got my Copics, my Koh-i-noor pencils barely get any use, so I decided to pull them out for a quickie card.

I love using colored pencils with OMS (odorless mineral spirits), but find that it can be difficult to get really intense colors, like you can with markers. So my solution to this is to start with markers to fill in the darkest areas and then switch to the colored pencils.

I started by stamping my image with Memento ink and then using a Memento marker (cottage ivy) to add some shading to the holly leaves.

Then I used Rhubarb Salk to shade the bow and berries and Rich Cocoa for the stem.

Then I pulled out the medium green Koh-i-noor pencil and added it around the edges of the holly leaves and along the center vein.

Dipped my blending stump in OMS and used it to blend the colored pencil.

Used the same process with the red.

I used an opaque white pen to add some highlights to the leaves, berries and bow. I also used a brown pencil to color in the stem. Then I cut out my image.

Another thing I like to do when using Koh-i-noor pencisl is heat emboss with clear. I find this makes the colors look brighter. I inked up my image with Versa Mark ink so the embossing powder would stick and then heat embossed. I repeated twice for a nice even coating.

I cut a small square of Pure Luxury White and sponged lightly with So Saffron ink, to mount the holly to. Used the new All Spruced Up card stock to layer and for the card base. I love this new card stock. It is a linen textured card stock and feels so good!

The red layer is cut from Rocket Red card stock by using a Spellbinders Pendant Die, called Fluer Di Lis.

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Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!


Anesha said...

Wonderful card. Anesha

Lori said...

The clean lines of this are elegant! That die is to die for, lol.

Patti J. said...

Beautiful card, Theresa! I'm so excited to be getting your new set! Love your use of CP and OMS. Thanks for sharing!

Chelsea said...

Love this .... great idea of the clear embossing poder over the image. Love the red border too!

Marimer said...

Pues creo que este modelo lo haré, no igual, para las felicitaciones de mi familia, tengo algo parecido y lo voy a poneer en práctica esta clase tuya. Besitos, gracias.

Karen Knegten said...

Theresa- this is an awesome card!

Sharri Seffens said...

Theresa, Beautiful card!

manicstamper said...

What a beautiful, beautiful card.
I just found your blog through Stamping Top 50 and have put you straight into my favourites folder. Your colouring technique is fabulous.

Deebi27 said...

I love the idea about the Versa Mark and clear embossing. Looks like an enamel! The red Spellbinder frame makes this card pop big time. Great card!

Deb Neerman said...

Simply. Stunning!!