My poinsettia stamp arrived today--can't believe I didn't already have one, can you? Thank goodness for Amazon. With the first card, I used my Zigs. I had a tough time with the water brush I used to spread the paint around until I realized I didn't need a death grip to get the water to flow. Some colors seemed to spread more easily than others (dark green, e.g.).
For the second card, I had a gelli plate printing that I wanted to fussy cut for the poinsettia but it lacked shading. I didn't want to use my Copics, assuming that the acrylic paint would be bad for the tips, but would the Zigs work on regular cardstock? Yes!
I shaded the poinsettia before fussy cutting it then decided to use the one layer paper tole technique to give it dimension. So cool; I wish you could feel it! For the greenery I stamped the image using Versamark so I could see the outline and used that as a guide for adding the gouache. I love that you can layer that stuff without the color beneath showing through. As I prepared to stamp the sentiment, I decided to leave the errant gold specks of embossing powder for some glam factor. For the border I did an inlaid diecut of the gold trim around the green. Love!
The Details (both cards): Stampendous Create a Poinsettia, Waltzingmouse stitched scalloped rectangle die, Zig markers, Smooch, Recollections 110lb cardstock base; card 1: Stazon, VersaFine Onyx Black, Hero Arts Merry Christmas Messages, PTI linen impression plate; Tim Holtz watercolor paper, Distress Ink Tumbled Glass; card 2: Versamark, Ranger gold embossing powder, Liquitex Basics acrylic paint, gelli plate, foam dots, Glossy Accents, Holbein Acryla Gouache, Hero Arts Very Merry Christmas
Card 1 Challenges: I'm entering this in Fantasy Stampers #51 CAS Christmas, Just Add Ink #291 Just Add C (Christmas), Addicted to Stamps and More #173 Holiday
Card 2 Challenges: I'm entering this one in 52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown Pick a Previous 2015 Challenge (#39 Technique Mixed Media), Mod Squad 3 Ingredients (embossing, rubber stamping, diecut), Mixed Media Card Challenge #18 Celebration