Christmas is getting closer, and I feel short of Christmas cards.  It isn’t like I didn’t know Christmas was coming.  Or that Christmas falls on the exact same date each year!  But nevertheless, I’m behind.  However,  I managed to complete this Christmas card and used a couple of lonely, bored  stamps who had never seen the light of day.

Penny Black stamp

This is a Penny Black Stamp and the sentiments from a Papertrey Ink sentiment set. Zig markers colored the stamp directly and then water spritzed to reactivate the ink. Stamp on watercolor paper. Keep in mind, the more water spritzed on the stamp, the farther the ink travels. This creates a softer look.  The converse holds true. Less water…less travel and a more precise stamped image.  Each design with this technique is unique and no two are the same!

What to do when too much water is added to the stamp?  Pull out another coloring medium to fix it!  Copic markers came to the rescue and cleaned up and defined the edges.  Dark grey starred in this scene.  Combining alcohol based markers with water based markers allows  more medium to be added to the paper without ruining or moving the other medium.  My wish to each of you are you are farther along in your Christmas cards than I am.  Only a couple of more weeks until the holiday is upon us! So get cracking on those cards

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