A couple of months back, I had ordered a fabulous coffee set from Kim at My Favorite Things; we e-mailed back a forth a couple of times, and Kim asked me if I'd like to be a guest designer for her new Christmas set. Hmmm. . . okay, time's up--YES! I love Kim's trademark MFT style (though I was trying to picture a shapely Santa with thin arms. . .) As you can see, Santa's arms don't show. And that's no doubt a good thing. He'd probably look worse than I do sleeveless!
I thought I'd try Kim's images with colored pencil on Kraft card stock. Gifts are stamped in chalk inks and raised on dimensionals. Background uses a Cuttlebug A-2 embossing folder. For Santa's boots and the fire grate, I used my black Sakura Gelly Roll pen. Ribbon is a May Arts dotted organdy from Cindy Lyles, along with a ribbon of unknown origin. (That's sounds better than "I have no clue where it came from," right?)
While I was on a colored-pencil-and-kraft roll, I stamped a sister card with the same set. For the Christmas tree, I created a reverse mask, a mask that left the shape of the tree blank and masked the outside of the tree. The point of the reverse mask was to speed up stamping the light strands on the tree. (Trust me: it saved time!) I cut the mask from Eclipse paper, which I just noticed that Ellen now carries in a smaller size as well. This is the same paper that I use to mask when I airbrush backgrounds with my Copic markers; it's about the same stickiness and thickness as a Post-It note, but sticky all over instead of just on the top. The gifts, as before, were stamped in chalk inks and raised on dimensionals.