Thursday, July 28, 2011

Father Christmas

I LOVE Father Christmas. When I found this 1996 Hero Arts Stamp in a thrift shop a few days ago I just had to have him. I did it Di, I colored him! I used my watercolor pencils but when I used my blender pen I lost all my shading. I watched a few videos on YouTube and learned what I had done wrong. I should have watched them first. I’ve since picked up some paint brushes and will soon be trying it again. Not sure if I enjoy coloring but at least I didn’t hate it.

He turned out well enough that I layered him on red then green cardstock. I finally got to use my snowflake embossing folder and paper from the DCWV Christmas Combo Matstack. I found both on clearance last Feb. I believe the little snowflake came from that same sale. I made the poinsettia. Love this little flower so easy to make and the results are so different depending on the materials used.

Cheap Trick: Shop the after holiday sales. After each holiday the retailers must move this years stock to make room for the next holiday’s stock. He could store things but he knows the producers are working hard to come up with new colors, styles, patterns etc. for the following year. He also knows his customers want those new items and will likely pass over the previous years stock. So he saves himself the headaches and slashes prices.   As they say 'eventually everything old is new again'.

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Have an Amazing Day


  1. Whoop, whoop Bernie!! Well done on the colouring, the gal done great! I love the card - and neeeeeeed to know how you made the poinsettia, it's flipping gorgeous. Please do tell :) Have a nice day! Hugs, Di xx

  2. Well you got a good image there!! love it really is coloured well, love your sentiment makes a nice chance to have warm wishes :) Sandra H

  3. Wow you got a bargain! A HA stamp in a thrift shop, well done you! I shop the sales all the time, just before and immediately after Christmas too, plus the summer clearance sales to make way for all the fall/thanksgiving/winter themed stuff. I love to water colour and it's now my main form of colouring, keep practicing, it'll come! I love to use inks too. Press the ink pad on to a solid non porous surface like an old tin or cd case and swirl around with a wet brush, you can blend colours too like this!


  4. Good job on the coloring, Bernie! Love your plaid pretty. I think I have that wonderful, embossing folder. It's great for those Christmas cards.


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