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"Starry Night Christmas Carolers"




Begin by inking the brayer on a raised rainbow ink pad. For this particular sample, I used the last two colour bands on the right of a Kaleidecolor dye pad. Roll the brayer across the glossy postcard several times to achieve a consistent background colour. Ink the crystal ball stamp on the black pad and stamp it onto a separate glossy postcard. Colour the base brown to resemble wood.

Stamp the crystal ball again on a piece of scrap paper & cut out the interior of the ball to make a reverse or "mortise" mask. Place the mortise mask over the crystal ball stamped on the postcard & stamp the Christmas carolers into the ball. Emboss the carolers (for no-smudge colouring) in black powder & heat to set. Using fine art markers, add colours to the caroler images. Using the light blue ink pad, sponge in pale colour to create a "glass" look of a snowglobe in the crystal ball. Cut out the crystal ball from the postcard using regular scissors; remember to stay very close to the image outline.

Ink the sand/snow stamp and the assorted winter tree images with a black ink pad & stamp them lightly onto the brayered postcard. By stamping them lightly, they will appear to be in the distance. Practise on a piece of scrap paper first to get the right pressure. Using double-sided tape or mounting dots, mount the cut out crystal ball onto the brayered postcard. Apply white liquid applique to snowy or fuzzy parts of the images & heat to puff. Shake on some loose ultra fine prisma glitter to accent. Place dabs of glue on the sky portion of the brayered postcard & stick the opalescent stars on randomly.

Use paper edgers to finish the edges of the postcard. Mount the postcard onto a piece of emerald green cardstock & do a final mount onto turquoise cardstock.

* Images used in this artwork are from the following companies: Crystal ball (All Night Media), Caroling Critters & evergreen trees (T.Great Cdn. Stamp Company), Sand/Snow & birch tree (Stampendous). Opalescent stars purchased at a discount store. Paper edgers used were Fiskars "deckle".

Artwork For This Project: "The Rubber Ranchhand", Heather Cosh


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