Jolly XMas Kitty

With a household of tuxedo cats, I knew that I just HAD to color this image. The hat is a bit of a challenge blending those reds (and keeping them from bleeding outside the lines) but a little care and patience does the trick. I put down a base coat of R17 to saturate the paper and then added R59 for shading. I extended the shading with R46 followed by R29 and then finished the gradient with R17. Red can be tricky to work. Since my blending still looked a little rough, I added a second layer of ink repeating each color. That really brought everything together and gave me the richness that I was trying to achieve.

Here’s a look at the inside, featuring a sentiment stamp from Paper Smooches.

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back tomorrow for another holiday card featuring the Penny Black hedgehog!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Neenah Index in White; Bazzill Basics in Admiral; Snow Day (*) by Echo Park Paper Co.
Stamps: Jolly Xmas Kitty by Penny Black; Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!
Embellishments: Nuvo Crystal Drops in Autumn Red and Midnight Blue
Copics:  E02, C00, C0C1, C2, C6, R20 (cat); R17, R27, R46, R59, E02, B0000, B000, B00, BG10 (hat); YG03, YG17, YG67, R17, R46 (holly)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Ready, Set, Snow!

Another holiday card, this time using the Ready, Set, Snow! stamp set by Taylored Expressions. I added one of the lettered stamps by Hand Drawn Greetings by Woodware Craft Collection. I loved the pairing of these two stamps and together they make a simple, but effective central image for a card.

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Ready, Set, Snow by Taylored Expressions
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Ready, Set, Snow by Taylored Expressions
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Candy Cane Lane Naughty or Nice by Bo Bunny; Neenah Index in White; Bazzill Basic in Atlantic
Stamps: Ready, Set, Snow! by Taylored Expressions; Hand Drawn Greetings by Woodware Craft Collection; Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Inks: Memento by Tsukineko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine in Onyz Black by Tsukineko
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!
Embellishments: Ranger Stickles in Diamond
Copics: W1, W3, W5, R20 (rabbits); B000, B00, B01, G00, G02, G03 (hats & scarves); E34, C5 (sled); B000, B00 B01 (lettering)

You’re a Friend Like No One Elf

Just a quick holiday card featuring the BB Santa’s Elves stamp set by My Favorite Things and coordinating dies. I love the whimsy in this stamp set and the elves are easy to color. I was able to put this card together fairly fast and at this time of year, that’s a real plus!

I like adding patterned paper to the inside rather than leaving it white. Here I used the coordinating paper from Happy Christmas Three by Authentique and one of the sentiments from the Christmas Sampler stamp set by Paper Smooches.

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Classic Solar White 80#; Happy Christmas Three by Authentique; Bazzill Basic in Devil Red; Neenah Index in White
Inks: Memento in Tudexo Black by Tsukineko; Memento Lux in Wedding Dress by Tsukineko; Versafine in Oxyx Black by Tsukineko
Stamps: BB Santa’s Elves by My Favorite Things; Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!
Copics: E000, E00, E21, E11, E93, BV00 (skin); E35 (hair); YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67, R17, R24, R46, R59, C0, C1 (clothing); Y32, Y35, Y38 (bell)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Frost!

Another holiday card using one of the newer seasonal images from Mo’s Digital Pencil. I nearly scrapped this one while I was coloring it. I started coloring the clothing with BG10, BG11, and BG13, but couldn’t get it to blend well. I was getting discouraged and it was getting late, so I left it on my desk and went to bed, figuring I’d start over in the morning.

In the morning, it still looked as bad as I remembered it. I loved how the face and hair turned out (which is saying a lot because that’s usually my downfall) so I really didn’t want to scrap the effort. Figuring I had nothing to lose, I started reworking the clothing with B02 and suddenly the colors blended like magic! So I added BV20 and BV23 to get some depth in the folds and voila! We have Frost!

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Frost by Mo's Digital Pencil
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Frost by Mo’s Digital Pencil

SUPPLIES

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Let it Snow 12×12 paper pad by Love Nicole; Bazzill Basics in Purple Palisades and Avalanche
Stamps: Frost by Mo’s Digital Pencil; Believe by Penny Black
Dies: Stitched Borders I by Pretty Pink Posh; Snowflake by Paper Smooches
Copics: E000, E11, E21, E93, BV20 (skin); C1, C3, C5, B41, B45 (hair); BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15, B02, BV20, BV23, C0, C1 (gloves, shoes, jumpsuit); C0, C1, C2, BV20 (shirt); B0000, B000, B00, BG10, BV00, RV00 C0, 0, Sakura Gelly Roll pen in white, Atyou Spica pens in Clear and Silver (background)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Skating

Today I’m over at the Passionate Paper Creations blog with my latest holiday card featuring one of my favorite images from Mo’s Digital Pencil. I’ve teamed Belle and Bronte with a couple of Creative Basics dies to create this winter holiday skating scene.

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Skating by Mo's Digital Pencil
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Skating by Mo’s Digital Pencil
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Mistletoe & Holly 12×12 paper pad by Love Nicole
Stamps:
Skating by Mo’s Digital Pencil; Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Dies: Basic Cutting Edge Borders I (*) and Fancy Rectangles & Layers Die Set (*) by Creative Basics; Snowflakes by Paper Smooches
Copics:
E000, E00, E11, E21, E93 (skin); YR24 (hair); C1, C3, C5, R17, R46 (Belle’s scarf); C0, C1, C3, C5, R46 (hat); BV01, BV02, BV04, R17, F24, F46, R59 (coat); E40, E41, E42 (dress); C00, C0, C1 (fur trim); C3, R17, R46 (stockings); BV01, BV02, BV04, R17, R24, R46, R59 (coat); C1 C3, C5, BV02 (Bronte’s scarf); W1, W3, W5, RV10 (Bronte); C00, C0, C1 (ice skates); B0000, B000, BG10, BV000 (ice)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.