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Monday, July 24, 2017

The Monthly Christmas Card, Sparkling and Twinkling

I've been at the Spectrum Noir watercolor sparkle pens again and I can hardly express how much I'm enjoying them.  I now have the Vintage Hues set (12 markers) in addition to the three others I started with, so I thought I'd try them out on the monthly Christmas card.  Christmas is a good time for sparkle, isn't it?  I know... anytime is a good time for sparkle!

So here we go with a favorite Power Poppy Christmas set called Heaven & Nature Sing.  It gave me a chance to try a few different colors.  The birds, however, were colored mostly with Twinkling H2Os as there were no suitable browns in the Spectrum set.  I may supplement my Spectrum markers later, but for now I'm enjoying the Twinks, my interest in them having been rekindled by the Spectrum sparkle pens.




The degree of sparkle you get with these pens varies depending upon how much water you use and how much you spread the ink.  Some areas may have very little sparkle and other areas will have a lot.  I like that.  It's a gentler effect.  The photo below shows where the sparkle gathered in this painting.  Please note that the camera made some of the sparkle appear silver, but it does not look silver when seen simply through your eyes.




Each color was brushed onto a plastic palette and picked up with a watercolor brush.  The green of the holly leaves is a mix of Emerald Green and Ocean Wave.  Ocean Wave is a rich teal blue and Emerald Green is more of a lime green.  I brushed them separately onto the palette and then mixed them together with a paint brush.



One more card ready for Christmas.  My total so far:  11.  Hey, it's better than zero.

Supplies are listed below.  Wishing you all a happy day!


Stamps:  Power Poppy Heaven & Nature Sing clear set  Paper:  Arches 140 lb hot press watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Bazzill light purple  Ink:  Palette Noir  Coloring:  Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens Vintage Hues set plus Emerald Green, Twinkling H2Os Dark Umber  Accessories:  Sequins, Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence, Spellbinders Labels Twenty Eight

23 comments:

  1. gorgeous!!! love the nontraditional lavender in the background. that sparkle!!

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  2. ACK! Gorgeous!! I just love the colours of your flowers against the light purple background - stunning. The die cut you used is one of my favorites, it works very well with this image. I love how CAS this is, you don't need much more. And love all the sparkle. I'm envious of you having that many Christmas cards done - good for you. I have yet to start. I often think of it but just never go forward with the thought. My last day of my 4 days off, but then I took this coming friday as well. I needed to book what was left of my vacation days for this year, so just scattered them between july & aug for long weekends. Gotta love the long weekends! A much more bearable day today close to 80, sure beats the 100F days. Have a happy day, and thanks again for sharing such beauty. Seeing your card makes me want to go colour something, but I think Bill and I are going to head out for some birding this morning.

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  3. Leslie, I can see why this set is a favorite. Marcella so exquisitely creates beauty and sweetness in her creations. Lovely LOVELY! So glad you are enjoying the sparkle pens! They certainly respond beautifully to your magical talents. It's a wonderful creation! I never tire of seeing that SB die. It's one of my favorites, combined with your amazing scene, it's even prettier than ever. Have a wonderful week. hugs, de

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  4. Another card fit for a frame. The flowers and birds come alive on paper with your magical coloring.

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  5. Beautiful. I guess I should look into these sparkly pens... Love the coloring. Have a great day

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  6. Beautiful sparkly colors for your wonderful watercolored Christmas card, Leslie. I love how you mixed your greens and then watercolored your leaves. TFS and always inspiring me my friend. Hugs.

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  7. P.S. Your die cut frame is so elegant and beautiful too. I got distracted by your gorgeous watercoloring:-) Hugs

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  8. Gorgeous card design Leslie, stunning colouring on this gorgeous image, and love that wonderful frame you have used, with delicate lilac showing through.
    Hugs Pam x

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  9. I'm so glad the pens arrived and you are already breaking them in so beautifully, Leslie! This is a sensational image to start with and you have made it come alive with the schparkly pens. I love that you can paint and wink in one motion instead of having to go back over your painting with the WOS! The die cut frame is perfect!! Hugs, Darnell

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  10. I don't know anyone who colors better than you do. It doesn't make any difference what medium you use either! You are a master of all of them! This is just gorgeous! LOVE that die! It's one of my favorites & I use it a lot. That delicate lavender peaking through it is just awesome!

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  11. What a beautiful Xmas card. I love the lavender in the bakground and the birds are so gorgeous with the holly leaves and flowers. I'm going to dust off my twinkling H2O's for sure. Have a good week!

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  12. Oh my goodness, another stunning card, you have mastered using those pens, I just had to sit and stare at it for the longest time, just admiring how perfect you have colored it all. Birds are so hard and you did a terrific job with those H2O's!! LOVE this!

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  13. Oh my... your card just speaks to me this morning! I love the coloring of the bird and leaves and of course the purple background is just lovely! Well done you!

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  14. Your coloring is always so lovely!

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  15. So super beautiful, Leslie! I love what you do with any media you choose to color with - a true artist. I still have to try my new markers. Love the beautiful die-cut background, too. Stunning card.

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  16. WOW good for you girl ... I think I have ONE holiday card made ... I'd better get busy! LOL This is beautiful! Your coloring is always so inspirational and your overall design is just lovely!! Well done ... glad you're having fun creating holiday cards. Not an easy thing to do when it is so warm outdoors! HUGS ... Happy Day!

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  17. Hi, this card is very pretty! 11 is better than zero, that's how many I've made this year!

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  18. ACK!!! Leslie this Christmas card is gorgeous... the sparkle is fantastic from the pens. You got more pens too, wow... Very good purchase I would say. I love the die cut frame for this as well. Simply gorgeous.

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  19. Wow, beautiful!! Love the colors you have chosen for this one and your coloring is always amazing. Those pens look interesting (like I need anything else..right?..lol)! I have some Nuvo new glitter pens I am trying wonder if they are similar! Anyhow a gorgeous card...I am still working on my 102 Christmas cards for Tutti...sigh!

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  20. Oh WOW!! This is stunning! I love the soft lilac colour and the colouring on the stamp is beautiful!

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  21. Oh, so beautiful. I love the sparkle. Your coloring of course is fantastic! Lucky you with 11 cards made. I better get busy.

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  22. Oh, Leslie, this is GORGEOUS! I agree with everything Pauline said! The purple flowers against the lighter shade is exquisite, and your coloring is amazing! I love the intricate frames (as you well know), and it's perfect for this card! It's stunning and beyond! Hugs!

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