Merry Christmas


It’s been a lovely week, despite an unusual sequence of rainy days.  Visitors detest rainy days on Maui because there isn’t much for them to do, but those of us who live here relish the rain, especially those of us who live on the south (dry) side of the island.  Our gardens are dusty, our homes are dusty, and the sound of rain is music to our ears.  After a couple of days, we’re like everyone else; we stare hopefully into the heavens seeking a peek of blue sky and sunshine.  My daughter home from Boston joined the cat at the back door, both hoping for a change in weather.

You would think with all of that “weather” that I would have a load of projects to show you, but I was running errands and baking cookies and wrapping packages instead.  Imagine that!!  We’ve had some lovely, lazy family days but I am ready to get back to the business of stamping.  Here’s the card we sent this year:

  • Medallion and Angelic Joy stamp sets
  • Black Staz-on Ink pad; Marina Mist Classic ink pad
  • Marina Mist, River Rock, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard and Blush Blossom ink refills
  • Aquapainter and Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint
  • Brayer
  • Whisper White and Marina Mist card stock
  • 2 1/2 inch XL circle punch

These are slightly larger cards – about 4 1/4 inches by 6 1/2 inches – in order to enclose a 4 x 6 inch print.  I couldn’t find anyone who prints 3 x 5 inch prints any more, and I wasn’t interested in trimming all the photos I needed.  Next year I’m making my card with My Digital Studio and saving myself a lot of trouble.

The concept is an interpretation of a wreath card done by the extraordinary Jackie Topa.  I posted an early CASE of her project HERE and at that time came up with this idea.  The Medallion stamp is brayered to get even coverage, and the angel image is stamped in Black Staz-on because of all the watercoloring I chose to do.  After over 100 cards, you can believe I was questioning that decision!  I used an inexpensive water color palette to make the job go faster, and I worked with one color at a time:

I watered down the ink from the refills in order to keep it more translucent, and I really watered down the Shimmer Paint because all I wanted was a little sparkle for the angel’s wings.  There isn’t much other embellishment as I didn’t want to fuss with extra postage or cushioning in the envelope.  If I didn’t have to mail these…but hand-delivering them is out of the question, so we’ll just let that thought fade away into the sunset.

Merry Christmas.

 

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