Friday, February 9, 2018

A-Coloring* We Will Go

Description:This fortnight we are delighted to have one of our favorite, long-time Jingle Belles-- Marianne of Marianne's Cards 'n Stuff-- designing along with us. She's thought up a brilliant prompt to inspire us all: for "A-Coloring We Will Go" we'd like you to create a holiday card that incorporates any type of coloring medium: markers, pencils, crayons, inks, watercolor, etc; in any way you want, whether that's coloring stamped images, creating fun backgrounds or getting as creative as you'd like!

Before we show off our own cards, let's meet Marianne and bid her welcome!
"Hi everyone, I'm thrilled to be making a guest appearance at the Jingle Belles blog this fortnight. I'm a Dutch native living in Crete, Greece, who loves creating Christmas cards and intends to do more colouring this year. That is why I approached Lauren and Stephanie to ask them if we could go a-coloring together some time. The idea for this fortnight's prompt originated quite a while back, when Lauren and Stephanie were inviting us to come a-caroling. This idea resurfaced when I was thinking of my crafty goals for 2018. So how about it? Will you come a-coloring with us?"
Here's what we made this week:

Marianne says, "I started with this sweet image that I had originally watercoloured using Tombow markers. I used coloured pencils to add a little shading. For my background, I masked off an area, blended some distress inks and finished off with some splatters and a little snow."

Stephanie says, "I did my coloring with a blue Gelato directly on the rubber of this Snowy Scene Stamp from Hero Arts.  I lightly spritzed with water and stamped it on watercolor paper.  I trimmed and added a sentiment from Essentials by Ellen Modern Christmas.  The piece along the bottom was created with another type of abstract *coloring* ... splattering alcohol inks on texty printed Yupo paper.  I also *colored* with a Nuvo Glitter Marker pen by dotting it in the night sky to create glittery silver stars.  Click through to my blog if you want to see a second version using the same techniques."

Lauren says, "I think everyone knows that my favorite coloring medium is watercoloring with ColorBurst Pigment Powders from Ken Oliver Crafts. In this case I've combined some of my favorite blues (Indigo, Turquoise and Cerulean, to be specific) on a piece of watercolor paper and trimmed bauble shapes from the result. After they were completely dry, I used stencils to add plain white modelling paste to the larger ornament, and a glittery embossing paste to the smaller; when that was dry I brushed a little bit of Platinum Mineral Burst on top for a shimmery effect that I haven't quite captured in the photo (but it's really cool IRL!)" 

Link your gorgeous "COLORING" masterpieces right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, February 21st. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:04.
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*or possibly, A-Colouring! ♥


Marianne said...

Yay! So fun that we used so many different colouring mediums between us!
Thanks for having me as your guest belle this fortnight.
Marianne x

Sue Crease said...

Beautiful cards ladies.

June Houck said...

Both lovely shades of blue! You both inspire me every week.

Sybrina K said...

So glad that Marianne suggested this fun theme.... and that I found a thrift-store-bargain stamp just screaming out to be Oxided up. Thanks for another fun holiday challenge. :)

Marie Bingaman said...

Great theme, and AWESOME cards ladies! :)

Marianne said...

What can I say? I'm really trying to do more colouring this year, so when I created these cards this past weekend, I thought I might just as well show them off here as well! Thanks again, Lauren and Stephanie, for having me GD with you two and for colouring along with me.

Mom2Two (Jenni) said...

Missed it by THAT much!! Why does my family have to eat dinner?!?!? All kidding aside, I did finish my card but at 7:30! Well at least I still got the card done and it's in my stash for December! Thanks ladies for the inspiration!!