Monday, July 2, 2012

THCRD: Christmas In July!

Christmas In July

Are you familiar with Through The Craft room Door magazine? It is an online paper craft bi-monthly magazine with a special holiday issue. The current issue has 75 wonderful pages with 6 free digi's. Other words you pay $2.57 for 6 digi's by Mayzy Art and Anne Fenton and the magazine is free! You cannot beat the price!! . Let me tell you it is full of tutorials, cards, layouts and even an article by Suzanne Dean on how to photograph your projects to make them look picture perfect! The video above is sneak peeks and was created by my awesome freind, Jo Ham!

The magazine is looking for submissions from crafter's like you!  Do you have a cool technique you would like to share? Or show off your pretty cards and layout, craft room pictures? How about storage/organizational tips, or your own special trick to makes something easier? We love questions and product reviews! Why do you love a product or one you feel is a waste of money?  Submit them to Through The Craft Room Door Magazine and have them published. The submission guidelines are right here!  Each time you submit a project you will be enter into a random drawing to win a $25.00 gift certificate to Oozak.Com or a store of your choice. 

 And now for our current THCRD Challenge

Our wonderful sponsor this challenge is:  Paper Temptress

$25.00 Gift Certificate

I selected a beautiful stamp called Very Merry Christmas  from GKD.   I love this image and used it for many holiday Cards and projects last year.   You might have guessed it..... It was the first I pulled out again this year!  

Start with the darkest color YR 24 and use it sparingly in the shadow areas.  I learned to start with the darkest shadow area but if you are more comfortable with starting with the lightest, do what feels natural to you.  

Gently blend with Y23 and the Y15 with flicking motions toward the center of the bell.   Keep your flicking motion light and  in the same direction.  Do not color back and forth.  Remember you are working with Copic Alcohol Markers and one of the beautiful things about them is that they MOVE your ink that you have on your page.   Going back and forth would over blend and you would lose all 
of your highlights.  The image would appear flat and one color

Add Y11 and blend using a flicking motion toward the center of the bell.   Add Y00 to the lightest area of your image.  Lightly blend across the image with Y00.  Begin to shadow the darkest part of the ribbon with G28.  Use it very sparingly.  You can always go back and darken the shadows but it is nearly impossible to remove too much dark shading.  Think light!

Add Y63 and blend out a little.  Add G40 to the lightest part of the image that will pick up the light.  Very lightly blend the G40 over your  ribbon image.  Go back and darken any area that needs to be darker and then gently blend with your YG63 and G40 until you have a smooth image.  If you want a beautiful image, you will need to take the time to go back and rework your image.... remembering to keep your highlights.  When you do use the darker color, remember to use your lighter colors in order to have a good blend. 

Cut your image  and focal mat with Nestabilities  Petite Small and Large  Oval die.  The background was colored with Booo- and B000.  Opaque White whimsical swirls were created with opaque white Coipic ink.   The layers wee adhered and the card was embellished with rhinestones to coordinate with the mats and designer paper.     

I am linking this card to the following challenges: 
Don't forget THCRD - Christmas In Jusly

Aww Moment for the Day
That is all for today, But stop back tomorrow for my MarkerPop post using the wonderful 
Siilver Fairy Stamp!  


  1. Gorgeous card with beautiful colouring and the photo of the swan with her young is precious.

  2. WOW Marie, This is exquisite!!!! Thanks so much for the tutorial on coloring these pretty little Christmas bells and ribbons. I'm away from home this week, but I can't wait to get home to try it. Enjoy your week.

  3. Thank you so much for playing along at the Crafty Bloggers Network.

    The tutorial is great too - and the card looks really lovely. Traditional type christmas, you can't beat it!


    CBN DT..

  4. What a fabulous tutorial Marie, really well done, and I followed very easily...fabulous result too, and love your mother Swan and her babies, very cute...

    Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’

    Luv CHRISSYxx

    Don’t forget. .if you leave a comment on another entrant, mention that you saw their card on ‘Make it Monday’ for a chance at second prize.. the more you comment on and mention MIM, the more chances at winning second prize.

  5. Gorgeous card, Marie! Wonderful coloring of the bells!

  6. Gorgeous card Marie. Beautiful coloring. love the photo of the swan and babies.
    Have a great 4th:)

  7. Marie, you did a wonderful job of coloring your bells! Such a pretty card; and look--it's a CAS! (I just can't do those for some reason. LOL!) Nice tutorial, too! :^)

  8. Fantastic card Marie. saw this on MIM..Loz

  9. Fab colouring on the bells sweetie. What a adorable picture of the swan and babies, thanks for sharing.


  10. gorgeous Marie!
    Thank you so much for sharing @ Inspire Me Fridays!

  11. Absolutely in love with your project! Thanks for sharing!
    I saw this on Make it Monday!
    These are my entries: # 129, #158, #160, #162, # 250 and #252 (Candy Alert) would love it if you could visit.

  12. Lovely Christmas card. The colouring is beautifully done. Thank you for the tutorial.
    I just loved your picture of swans, definately an awww moment.
    Saw tis card on MIM

  13. Your coloring is great! I saw this on Make it Monday.

    Debra Pate
    Fabulously Creative


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