Monday, October 31, 2011

Getting Ready for Christmas Mailings.....



Good morning everyone!  I realize that it is only Halloween, but about this time every year, I start to panic!  There are always so many projects I want to do before the Holidays arrive....so many projects....so little time!  This happens every year so I don't know why I am so surprised by it! 

This is another card for my stash!  Don't you just love the little carolers?  They are Mo Manning images and I just adore the street lamp!  I printed off  my images and used the heat gun to set the ink so it wouldn't run when I colored it with distress ink re-inkers.  This works pretty good, but sometimes I think the heat also changes the fibers in the watercolor paper and makes the painting difficult.  I don't know any other way to set the ink....do you have any suggestions?  So I colored the singers and then cut them out and placed them around the lamp.  I still can't merge images and probably never will be able to.  It just seems like too many steps and too time consuming when I can just cut them out and go from there...Now that sounds like an old lady talking!  I used some pretty Christmas papers to mat the image and a couple of Spellbinders dies to set up the sentiment.  Pretty simple really...not much fuss .... I wanted the images to be the focal point of this card.  I think it has kind of an old world feel to it and I really like that.  The card size is 5 X 7 and it can be mailed without much expense, which is a good thing at Christmas time.

Well this is about it for me this morning!  I have lots of chores to do today; but plan to play a little this afternoon!  What do you have going on today?  Whatever it is I hope you can take a little time and just "Breathe"!

17 comments:

Julia Dunnit said...

Lovely card Brenda. I join you in the mass of things I want to do before Christmas. This makes me panic!

Patty Sue 2 said...

Your simple would take most of us days! Your card is beautiful...I love the colors you used and this is one of the sweetest images ever. I love this card...it should be framed!

chris richards said...

Oh Glenda,I love this,fab colours and wonderful image, just gorgeous !!
love and hugs
chris richards
xxxxxxxxx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Magpie - so very gorgeous and yes scarey how close it is getting..love and God bless, Shaz.xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Re. the ink, query magpie, I use Adirondack Black Archival on watercolour and it does not bleed, and find it great - dont heat set it just wait a while ie do an umber of images at once.. Shaz in oz.x
PS wish sometimes we had snowy Christmases as this is so not Oz, and so feel it wrong to do too many of these cute snow ones, certain folks just do not like them over here which is great shame, I adore them.

Olga said...

this is awesome!!!! I love that image and you colored it to perfection! Happy Halloween!!!!

Carla S. said...

This is gorgeous, Glenda! Wonderful coloring of Mo's carollers! The music background is perfect! Have a great day!

Lisa Lynne said...

Your coloring is fabulous - just perfect!!!

The Other Patti Sue said...

OMGosh this is GORgeous! So very pretty!

Sylvia said...

Gorgeous card, Glenda! I love the coloring on this card, absolutely fantastic. Have a spooky good day!

Janett said...

What a great card, your coloring is wonderful, great image

knitwit said...

I have the same problem! I don't think of halloween as halloween anymore. I think of it as the day I officially start getting behind on my Christmas preparations! I sat down this afternoon and made the last of my cards, so I'm taking time to breathe now. Until tomorrow, when I start worrying about how much shopping I still have left to do!

marsha said...

Glenda, I just love this image! Your coloring is absolutely gorgeous and I love the colors. I haven't even started my Christmas cards yet!
Hugs,
Marsha

Angelica said...

Wow!!! Glenda your card is stunning. The image is so adorable and your coloring is just perfect.

DottyA Cards & Things said...

Oh this is just too Cute!! Love how you did the layers and then added the puffy stuff to the hand muff. Yes it does have an old world look!

Beate said...

Adorable image, beautiful coloring and card.
Hugs and smiles

Starla said...

This literally had my jaw hanging open! Fabulous coloring and I love the fluff on her hand muff!!
I think I like the cut out images too....adds that extra punch!!

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