Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Christmas Contemplation

Here's a little mixed media piece I made for my studio.  Sometimes, we all need to be reminded during the holidays to slow down, relax, and contemplate!  I was inspired by this charming Polkadoodles digi, Delivering Gifts by Sledge, and the idea just ran from there.  Winnie looks so 'deep in thought' as she travels through the snow with her companions.  

I started by Copic coloring the image, and then turned to my background.  I chose a tan plaid paper from Winnie White Christmas Big Kahuna Download.  I imported that pattern into Cricut Design Space and added the snowflakes (Winnie Winterland) in red, green and tan.  While I was in DS, I printed out the tags (Winnie Winterland) and the sentiment (Winnie Special Moments Quotes) onto a red rectangle changing the font to white.  

Once all was printed and cut, it was time for some messy fun!  I brushed matte medium over the background and "drew" around the area where my image would go with a brown pen smudging as I went.  I did some minimal stamping and inked the edges of the tags.     

Next, I adhered the background paper to a piece of corrugated cardboard from an old box.  Texture pasted went around the edges for a snowy effect!  Now for my favorite part, adhering all the pieces.  I love it when it comes to this point and I get to start choosing all the goodies!  What's even better is almost everything here was in my scrap bag!  

My plan is to hang this through the holidays and then hole punch for a Holiday Art Journal.  Who knows, I may end up keeping it a piece of wall art.  Hmmmm......I'll have to contemplate this!  

Material List:

Polkadoodles Digi:  Delivering Gifts by Sledge

Polkadoodles Paper:  Winnie White Christmas Big Kahuna Download
Polkadoodles Tags and  Snowflake:  Winnie Winterland
Polkadoodles Sentiment:  Winnie Special Moments Quotes
Copic Markers
White Gel Pen
Texture Paste
Destress Collage Medium
Metallic Gold Paint
Pearl White Paint
Brown Marker Pen
Corrugated Cardboard
Brown inks and various stamps from stash
Odds and Ends from Stash:  Fibers, Gems, Ribbons, Sequins, Button, Gold Thread, etc

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I'm off contemplating the following challenges: 

The Corrosive Challenge:  AG
We Love to Create:  AG Mixed Media
The Outlawz Festive Friday:  Christmas
Aud Sentiments:  AG with a sentiment
ABC Christmas Challenge:  Q is for Quote
Back to Basics and Beyond:  Use a Digi Image
Sweet Stampin' Christmas:  Christmas

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  1. Gorgeous project! Your coloring is amazing.

  2. It's beautiful, I would want it on the wall all year round! Liz x

  3. https://welove2create.blogspot.com/
    Hey there Katrina, fabulous project you have made wowwzers thank you for sharing with the DT from We Love To Create hun, hugs Terry (DT)

  4. Gorgeous hanging. You were in deep thought yourself over this project. I love how it has come together. Love the richness of her against the backdrop. X

  5. I love this sooooo much!! Awesome to the power of 50!! xxx

  6. Ooh I just LOVE this! That sentiment just resonates for me right now as I've been poorly and it's freezing outside, (Winter here in New Zealand) so I feel like she looks! Very contemplative! Super cute Christmas scene. Love the rich red of her coat. Beautifully coloured. Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous creation with us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin', I LOVE what you did for it. Hugs, Wends xoxo CaSS DT

  7. WOW ... Simply Stunning.. love all the details ..it feels like Christmas already .
    Hugs Rose

  8. Your project is STUNNING!! I love the details, the image and colors. I LOVE this. So glad you shared over at Aud Sentiments. (this would fit the challenge at The Merry Christmas challenge.
    Billie A
    Aud Sentiments
    Creative With Stamps
    Catch The Bug
    The Merry Christmas Challenge
    Sunny Day Crafting
    Pause Dream Enjoy
    Craftaholic R US
    Always Happy Birthday
    Always Fun Challenges
    Colour Crazy Challenge
    Creations In Pink

  9. this is lovely - thank you for joining us at Love to Create xx

  10. What a lovely design with so many interesting details.
    Thanks for sharing at ABC Christmas Challenges.

  11. Such a beauty...love the textures and your coloring..

  12. wow I really love this, it has a gorgeous rustic distressed look which I adore, so many pretty layers!
    Hugs xx Cara xx

  13. Oh this is fabulous! Very many thanks for sharing at Christmas at Sweet Stampin and good luck with the challenge. Judy x DT

  14. Stunning mix media peace...love it xx

  15. This card is absolutely beautiful!
    Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments
    Julie T

  16. Such a beautiful Christmas project with a lot of wonderful details, Katrina
    Thank you so much for playing with the letters P, Q and R at ABC Christmas Challenge! Good luck in the draw and please join us again.
    Dorte x