Timeless Tuesday #238: "Let It Shine"

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I can feel myself switching into Christmas card mode now that there are only
99 days left until Christmas!

Well, before you panic, just know that 15 of those days are Tuesdays, so if you play along with us in Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge every week between now and Christmas, you could easily have 15 extra Christmas cards finished, and you just might win a Flourishes prize, too!

I'm your hostess for this week's Timeless Tuesday Challenge, and I'm challenging you to...

"Let It Shine"

Just incorporate a light source in your card: a candle, lamp, lighthouse, fire, the sun---anything, as long as you "Let It Shine!"

I decided to use porch lighting for my light source, which gave me a chance to use the new Home for the Holidays stamp set. I love that you can change up the look of this stamp just by coloring different wall designs. And, since I've been working on my coloring skills, both with Prismacolor pencils and Copic markers, I made two cards, using each of those coloring mediums. Looking at the photo here, I'm thinking I should have made one more card, using pencils for the wall, and Copics for the rest...just to see what it would look like, ya know. ;)
First off, on this card, notice how my bricks slant a little to the left? Well, that's because this house is very old, and the foundation has shifted and settled. ;) That's my story, anyway. (At least I thought to use a ruler in my second card!) This entire image is colored with Prismacolor pencils, and besides having the porch light, I also colored the windows yellow for the ambient light inside the house. :) Everything is matted with Red Devil and Quick Sand cardstock, from the Poppy and Rich Browns Color Made Easy Paper Collections. (If you haven't tried Flourishes Color Made Easy Paper Collections, you really should. They are exceptional, and you'll love the delicious textures on them.) I used a couple of different Christmas papers, a die cut border, gold Stickles, and a bit of sewing for a nice homey feel. I added Glossy Accents to the light and the panels of glass, but it doesn't show up too well here. Also, the lines of the door are thicker than normal because I went over them with a sharp black pencil. Some of the detail had been lost when my pencils strayed over them. :)

I embossed the wreath and door panels with a stylus, then added Stickles to the wreath for some lively sparkle.
Inside, I stamped the sentiment with Memento Bamboo Leaves Ink, sponged Aged Mahogany Distress Ink inside the die, and added a little flourish die cut, all on a Red Devil cardstock background.

I colored this card with Copic markers. While I wanted this to be similar to the Prismacolored image so I could compare them, I did change it up just a little bit, with a different brick design. To make the bricks here, I masked the entire image, except for the wall area, then used my Copic airbrush system to color the brown for the bricks. I first sprayed it using the chisel end, for smooth coverage, then went back with a slightly darker brown and airbrushed using the brush end, which gives a splattered coverage. I used a Colorless Blender, and a ruler!, to draw in the mortar lines. For the gray concrete porch, I colored it first with a marker from the Cool Neutral Copic Collection, then wet a piece of denim with Colorless Blender and laid it on the colored area to get a textured look. If you do that, be sure to do it before coloring anything that is near it so you don't have to worry about texturizing something you want to remain smooth. I tell you this from experience. ;) To give the illusion that the porch light is on, I used my airbrush again. With a marker from the Daffodil Copic Collection, I airbrushed, radiating out from the light fixture, so the top of the door is more yellow than the bottom. Also, I added a bit of a scene inside the sidelight windows, with a Christmas tree and a view of the hardwood floor (I did that on the Prismacolor colored image, too, but it's very faint). The image is matted with a Spellbinders die cut that I colored with a gold Krylon marker. And, of course, I added some sparkle on the gold frame and the wreath with red Stickles.

You can see the Glossy Accents added to the glass and light here, as well as the texturized brick. I didn't do any dry embossing on the door or wreath on this card, but left a highlight on the wreath to give the illusion of dimension. 

Die cuts, dry embossing, Christmas paper, and a Christmas sentiment, stamped with Memento Olive Grove ink, finish the inside of this card.

So, I'm wondering...did you prefer the Prismacolor card or the Copic card? :) 

Well, now it's your turn to "Let It Shine!" And, remember, you don't have to use Flourishes stamps, but if you do, you get two ballots toward the weekly prize! You can find all the details for the challenge here.

Be sure to stop by the rest of the team's blogs and leave them some blog love, too! :)
Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!


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Deborah Anton said...

AMAZING Cheryl!! Both cards are stunning and love the differences in both! The stitching is fun and how funny that we both chose the same image and same nestie!! :) I can't choose... I love them both!

Kathy said...

Both cards are gorgeous Cheryl! It's funny how different the same image can be with the different mediums. I agree with Deborah, I love them both! Blessings! Kathy

Maria said...

Wow, Cheryl! These cards are fabulous! Each one is unique and I love the differences in both! I just want to go up to the lovely door...knock...and say "Merry Christmas"! Truly, gorgeous cards, Cheryl!

Leslie Miller said...

Seriously? Only 99 days? I'll have to pick up the pace on the Christmas cards... Love how you designed these front entrances with two different looks! The brick wall and the peek at the interior are very creative touches. The red glitter glows like a shining light, too. Very welcoming and homey. Reminds me of what I love best about winter -- enjoying a warm cozy home and doing all those puttering around the house kind of things that I don't do during summer. Looking forward to it!

Conniecrafter said...

very pretty, love the framing on both cards!

stampqueen said...

Beautiful cards Cheryl!!! I need to get busy with Christmas cards - have about a dozen made so only need about 3 dozen more....

Sue Lelli said...

You just FREAKED me out with the "90 days till Christmas!" YIKES! LOVE LOVE LOVE your ornate doors! Both cards are just STUNNING!

Karen W said...

Both of these are gorgeous, beautifully put together and your coloring is wonderful.

Broni said...

I love your beautiful lighted doorways, Cheryl! Both cards are gorgeous, inside and out!

Michelle said...

OMGoodness! Cheryl, these are gorgeous! The details are amazing. And I Adore the insides of the cards. They definitely have that "Wow" factor.