Friday, 14 August 2015

MCV15 - Merry Christmas


This is my card for this week's Muse: ChristmasVisions, where Chriss has given us this dramatic and elegant inspiration:



I focused on
-the colours: gold, green, red and black (I added lots of white)
-the poinsettia (mine is from Altenew's Poinsettia & Pine set)
-the layout (image over sentiment)
-the sentiment (mine is from Clearly Besotted's Brushed Greetings) - while it is not a similar font to Chriss', I think that the sketchy feel is a perfect match with the poinsettia

I used the smooth side of some Ranger watercolour paper and embossed the poinsettia and the sentiment in gold. I used three Zig Clean Colour Markers (Carmine Red, Light Green and Dark Yellow) and an aqua pen. I coloured the part of each petal towards the centre of the flower and then pulled the colour out to the edges using the aqua pen. I outlined the bottom of the flower in the green, and then pulled that colour around all the edges (I wish I had faded it out a little more, but I'll do that next time).

While taking the photo, I tilted the card toward the light to get this dramatic glowing effect on the embossing - I'm really pleased with how this turned out!

I hope you'll join us at MCV this week - the deadline is Wednesday at 8 am EDT. At that time you can vote for your 3 favourites until 8 am Thursday morning. Voting results will be posted on Thursday at noon. Hope to see you there!

16 comments:

Michelle Lupton said...

So beautiful, Ardyth!

Rose said...

Lovely card, very elegant.

Mandy LaCroix said...

This is just WOW! I've had my eye on that Altenew stamp and u may have just convinced me. Your card is stunning!

Tenia Nelson said...

LOVE!!

Darnell J Knauss said...

I love how all that gold embossing shimmers and shines, Ardy! And your Ziggie watercoloring is perfection on and behind that dramatic poinsettia!! Hugs, Darnell

Joan B said...

gorgeous!!

Lynn said...

Wow! So, so amazing!

Pam A said...

Very pretty, Ardyth. Love your watercoloring.

Marybeth said...

Gorgeous! Ardyth, this is stunning with the gold embossing and watercolor ...wow!

Cindy H. said...

Simply gorgeous and so elegant!

Anita in France said...

Rich and luscious, Ardyth ... the gold embossing is stunning with your awesome watercolouring! Think I need those Zig pens!! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Lisa said...

Oozing with elegance Ardyth!

Geri said...

The gold embossing is stunning! AWESOME job capturing this in the photo! Beautiful soft, water color effect :)

Petra Swart said...

Very, very beautiful, Ardyth!!! Your watercolouring really looks great and the gold embossing is just WOW!!! Love the white on the black base!!!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Oh Ardyth, I LOVE this! Lovely water colouring behind the poinsettia and a beautiful big golden sentiment!
Hugs, and thanks for playing along !
XOX

Bobby said...

I will be CASEing this card, that's for sure. I have a different poinsettia but I love yours embossed in gold, and the faded out green around it is perfect.