Saturday, October 7, 2017

Christmas Stag

     I've shared mostly Halloween cards in my most recent posts so it's time to show you something for Christmas.  This gorgeous stag is one of the stamps sent by my friend way back last spring when I was bemoaning my lack of compliance with my New Year's resolution to do 2 cards per month until September and then one per week or more thereafter.  By mid-April, I still had done none at all so she stamped up a dozen or so images and sent them to me in the mail.  That got me started!  :-D

     This is the first airbrushed image I've been willing to share.  All the rest were practice and simply not worth sharing.  This one pleases me enough to share and to even mail to a friend or family member in December.

     My airbrush is the system from Copics (purchased from a friend who used it gently) and it has taken some getting used to it.  I'm still not really pleased with every result because sometimes there's just too much ink and other times not enough but I will probably learn to get consistent results.  I did add the snowflakes to the sky and the deer with a white, gel ink, pen, and I added some strokes of it to the white parts of the deer's fur for better definition.

     The sentiment is from QKR Stampede.  The image is cut with a stitched, scalloped die from Memory Box and it's layered onto some white, satin ribbon with gold trim.  I decided to use one of my little satin bows and this time, I left it white instead of dying it wait a marker.

     I thought about using flowers for embellishment but for Christmas cards I prefer to use ribbon over flowers.  It's usually flatter and since so many of my Christmas cards are mailed, flat is best.  :-D

     While I know it's not a common color for Christmas cards, I thought the black card front made everything else pop.

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Crafting with Friends
Creative Fingers
Jo's Scrap Shack
Morgan's Artworld
Outlawz Festive Friday
Winter Wonderland

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie    


jimlynn said...

Wow! WOW! Breathtaking gorgeous!!!! The airbrushing looks wonderful and your card is so pretty!!!

Linda Simpson said...

WOW Connie, this is stunning! That stag is amazing!
Linda xxx

Donna Ellis said...

Such a regal winter card, Connie, with the perfect touches to make it Christmasy. Lovely air brushing - it's something I have not tried yet - beautifully done - you have been playing with lots of new-or-neglected tools lately - such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card. hugs, de

Arlene said...

WOW, beautiful airbrushed scene. You did a great job for your first release to the public to see. Gorgeous. So glad you joined us at Morgan's ArtWorld.

Stinkin' Inkers said...

Such a beautiful card. Love the air brush technique and gorgeous ribbon. Thanks for joining the Crafting With An Attitude challenge.

Mervi said...

Fabulous card!
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts' trees and leaves theme week;-))m

Lori Kobular said...

Gorgeous! I love that stamped image, it is so beautiful and you did an awesome job with the air brushing!!

Pat K said...

Lovely image on this beautiful card. Thanks for playing along with us at Winter Wonderland. Pat K xx

Loose Stitches said...

Fabulous card Connie, beautiful image! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld! We hope to see you again!
Sherry x - CT for Morgan's ArtWorld
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads – My personal Blog

Crafting With Jack said...

This image is just gorgeous! I have not tried air brushing, but I do like the result. X

Tracy said...

Thanks for joining Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

susiestacey said...

Lovely card.
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Trees & Leaves' challenge this week and good luck x Susan x

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

I love the black card for this image, a Fabulous card.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

I'm back again and happy to repeat what a Fabulous card this is. Thank you for sharing with us Faith CT at

LOU said...

Gorgeous card Connie. I love that black card with the stag.
Thanks so much for joining us at Winter Wonderland. Hope to see you again soon.
Lou DT xo

Creative world said...

Fantastic card,great image and coloring and fab use of dies,perfect for our challenge...thank you for joining us ta AUD SENTIMENTS CHALLENGE,hope to see you again
Željka DT xx

Zw@@n said...

Beautiful card! I love the image. Thanks for joining us at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma