Friday, January 5, 2018

Here I go.....

Hello everyone: Here is my very first Christmas card of 2018, I hope it will be a great year for creating and learning, sharing and making new friends.
This card is made with one of my favorite Christmas Power Poppy sets called Spice it Up, I can almost smell the delicious aroma of cloves and oranges.
I'm linking this card to a few challenges at the end of this post.

I stamped this image on a panel of Blick Studio Drawing Paper with Versamark ink and heat embossed it in gold. My granddaughter gave me this huge pad of this paper and I really love it.  It is great to color with Prismacolor pencils and, to my amazement, it also can take heat embossing and water, it's very smooth and the colors blend beautifully.  I used SU markers and an aqua painter to color this image.
The ribbon is from my stash.

Finishing the inside of all my cards has saved me lots of time when I mail them, it might take a bit extra time to do it but, in the end, the cards look beautifully finished.

The sentiment is from the "Spice it Up" set and the little mug from another Power Poppy set called Merry Littles, this is my "go to" set to add a little extra image to the inside of the cards.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #273 "Holiday"

Christmas at Sweet Stamping "Anything Christmas Goes"

The Merry Christmas Challenge #1 "Anything Goes Christmas"
The Merry Christmas Challenge

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express. 
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.


LeAnne said...

This is beautiful! I used to make these as a child, they bring back lots of memories! Your coloring is wonderful. I agree about stamping on the frustrating when I go to mail a card and I haven't put the sentiment inside!!! Have a blessed 2018, and I am going to look for that Blick paper, it sounds great!

Julie Temple said...

Very pretty...also brings back a childhood memory making them with Grandma!! Thanks for playing along with us at The Merry Christmas Challenge!
Julie DT

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Hello LeAnne: Thank you for your sweet comment. I apologize for forgetting to add the link to this paper, you just reminded me when I read your comment, thank you!! All fixed now. This paper is not watercolor paper but it really took the water and the heat embossing well, it did warped a bit but, after it dried, it was flat again.
Thanks again for visiting.

Janis Lewis said...

Cute card! Thanks for joining us at The Merry Christmas Challenge.
Janis, Owner and Design Team Member

Chantal said...

What a lovely card. I love the colouring. It's gorgeous!

Christine Alexander said...

great card, I love the non traditional colour.

Linda Callahan said...

Love this image.....can almost smell it! :) Pretty card! Glad you joined us at FMS!

Jen Camara Mitchell said...

Many years ago I made some handmade gifts of clove studded oranges. They were fun to make and they smelled heavenly! Your card made me think of those gifts! This is clean and simple at its best with great texture and a beautifully colored image. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Mary Fish said...

Hey, Linda C., I can almost smell it in Tucson, too! I love cloves and such a pretty card, Maria!

Julie B said...

What a gorgeous stamp, reminds me of Christingle oranges we had at school.
Thanks for joining us at ATSM. :)

Brian King said...

Wow! You jumped back into Christmas fast! Fun card!

Bonnie said...

What a pretty Christmas card, Maria! It's never too early to start on Christmas cards. Somehow there never seems to be enough.

Ina Grehan said...

Simply gorgeous Maria. Thanks for sharing at ATSM.