Monday, November 17, 2014

MC Nov/14 - Merry Xmas Tree - It's Beginning to Look

I came across a calligraphic xmas tree that I really liked and decided to try to create it... I used a 1.5mm parallel pen and Sumi ink - I would have used a large pen nib... but my other pens seemed to be dried up, so just grabbed whichever worked... I guess I should do a bit of cleaning and filling up. sigh!!

I changed a couple letters and made it narrower, but basically it's very similar. I then scanned it and printed it out on 110# white cardstock. I hate the way my printer prints which is why I hate doing digis... so went over each letter with my pen to get rid of those little dots and missed ink areas... Then I decorated.

On this one (I made 2 smaller versions coming soon...) I used an HB pencil and paper stump to add shading. Sponged around the edges with a dirty red sponge. Used a Quickie glue pen to make the glittered ball ornaments adding Stickles "Star Dust" glitter and then a Pilot G-Tec red pen.

Adhered it to a red textured cardstock and then zig-zag stitched around the edges. Punched a hole and added a silver brad star then adhered it to my side folded card front (5"w x 7"h).

On the inside: embossed the design onto a separate piece of white cardstock using Cuttlebug "Lace Tree". Note: I cut the embossing folder apart so that I could angle it here and there, then used my trusty hard rubber mallet to make the impression. Sponged the red and then some brown all over. Adhered to inside of card.

Stamped the quote (Quietfire Design - It's Beginning to Look..." 4pce set) using Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossed. Stamped the Santa ornament (Flourishes) using the black and colored with Prisma colored pencils. Added a narrow red ribbon as a hanger. As a final touch added the lace trim on the left edge making it more vintage type card.

Click on any image to enlarge. Enjoy

And it fits for these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Challenge  stars
Red Rubber Designs  #146  stitching
MFP Stamp Shop  #238 offsett your embossing folder
Totally Gorjuss  #262 snowman
Pile it On Challenge  #46 Vintage
Sentimental Sundays  #233 Brads, Buttons or bows
Inspiration Avenue  pick a season (winter)
Perfectly Rustics  #36 embossing

Divas By Design  #159  (see inspir image below)


Stampsnob. said...

Both cards are lovely I like the lettering on the first card very artistic . The folder use on the second is interesting Thanks for sharing at SFF MFP.....Lis

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, very nice, Yogi! Brilliant use of the embossing folder, too. Scary to cut it apart, but you got a lot of mileage out of it that way.

craftinka said...

Simplicity at its best! Thank you very much for joining us at Divas by Design this week. Hugs, Justyna xx

Mandy said...

Gorgeous card Yogi! I absolutely love your calligraphy, it's so elegant.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Mandy xx

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

wonderful the stitching! Thank you for joining my challenge at the Red Rubber Inspirationals this week. Lynda - DT Champion Red Rubber Designs

~ Kendra ~ said...

Beautiful! Love the added stitching!! Thanks for joining us at Red Rubber Inspirationals!

Kathy Bradley said...

Both cards are so very pretty and your calligraphy is excellent. Thanks for joining us at Speedy Fox & Friends!

Pat said...

Lovely cards. Great job with the embossing folder. Thanks for joining Speedy Fox and Friends.

kReN said...

What a unique lettering on your first card. Both cards are keepers! kReN

3rseduc / handsinthesoil said...

I like both but esp the first, looks almost 3d/made of ribbon and reminds me of arabic writing.

Lou Anne Hazel said...

Thanks for joining our Seasons challenge this week at IA.

verybellemakes said...

Really striking way to use letters to form an image! Thanks for joining the Sentimental Sundays challenge, hope we'll see you again very soon.

Victoria DT

Kim Butterworth said...

That is some hardcore embossing going on, breaking out the rubber mallet. It looks great though, love the sponging. Thanks for joining us at Perfectly Rustics.