I kept the same main colour theme for all the cards, which was kraft bases with riding hood red, old olive & 'holiday wishes' DSP. I only used one paper here, but at the classes, the ladies used a range of papers from the pack. All the stamped images were water-coloured on whisper white card with my Earth Elements® Watercolor Wonders™ & Aqua Painter™ , which added a few more accent colours. I couldn't decide which cards to use, so the ladies got to choose which ones they wanted to make.
First up is one of the most popular cards: Mr Snowman.
Here is a closer version, so you can see his colouring better. Note: I stamped Mr Snowman is basic brown ink (I think it's softer than black & suited the DSP colours) & colour washed the white parts with sahara sand ink to give a bit of depth. You can see him better here:Next up is another very popular choice with the girls - a penguin trio. The penguins are stamped & coloured in basic grey ink (again, not as harsh as black I think) I used riding hood red ink for the red scarf & wcw crayons for the other colours.
This tree card was probably the quickest & easiest card to make. I got the idea for this one from a similar card in the US Idea Book. I stamped the tree in old olive ink, then coloured them with the olive wcw crayon. While the old olive ink pad is not waterproof like the basic grey & basic brown ink pads, it's fine to colour with, so long as you don't use too much water to colour – very easy with the aquapainters).
Now we have a combination of the penguin & the tree. It's hard to see, but Mr Penguin is cut out & raised on dimensionals. You may be able to see better in this pic. Going off SAS for a mo, here is a square, kiwi kiss version of this card that I made while playing with the set.
This next card is a bit different & is all about playing with punches.I punched some riding hood red & old olive squares, laid them out checkerboard style on the base, then added a punched snowflake with dimensional. The greeting & scallop edge were then butted against the squares. This one took a bit longer than it looked.
Last but not least, here's another Mr Penguin one. In hindsight, I think I should have added some background snowflakes to the bottom part of the base to add a bit more detail.
A Final Tip: Custom Mounting Stamps:
One of the stamps in the Punch Pals set (see below) includes 5 different greetings & 2 snowflake rows. I decided to split all the greetings & mount them on the ends of some of the other stamps in the set, to make it quicker & easier to stamp them singly. I also mounted the snowflakes, parallel to one another with enough space to stamp a greeting in between. Just one more benefit of being able to mount your own stamps. I really should have taken a pic to show you what I did, but didn't think of it until now. If I remember next time I'm using it, I'll add it to the post.
Phew, that was a long post. Thanks for hanging in there. If you have any questions about any of the cards, just drop me a line....& thanks for visiting.
Stamps: Punch Pals
Card/Paper: Kraft, riding hood red, old olive, whisper white card, Holiday Wishes DSP
Ink: basic brown, basic grey, old olive, riding hood red ink pads, Earth Elements® Watercolor Wonder™ crayons (pumpkin pie, not quite navy, old olive, garden green, summer sun).
Tools: punches: scallop circle, 1 3/8 inch circle, 1 ¼ inch circle, 1 inch circle, ¾ inch circle, 1 inch square (non SU), word window, large oval & scallop oval (kiwi penguin)
Punch Pals: (115856) $56.95