Saturday, November 28, 2015

Folk Christmas

I recently saw Kristina Werner's gouache on black card and worked up my own.  I compared two different gouache manufacturers--what a difference.

The first card (red border) uses a student grade gouache by Reeves.  I hate these paints.  They are very thick and gloppy which made getting fine details a struggle. They also weren't as opaque as I thought they would be.  Everything was freehand except for the Mama Elephant sentiment.
The second card uses Holbein Acryla Gouache.  Wow.  What a difference.  Much thinner yet very opaque.  Same sentiment but with penciled in elements.

I love this style of Christmas deco--folksy, crafty, DIY.  I wish you could feel the card--even the gouache has a bit of texture to it.  For the Card Concept I would place this in the mixed media category with a touch of elegant.

The Details:  Mama Elephant Peace on Earth, Reeves Gouache paints, Holbein Acryla Gouache paints (green card), Stampendous detail fine white embossing powder, Versamark, Waltzing Mouse scalloped stitched rectangle die, Recollections 110lb white and black cardstock

I'm entering this in Addicted to Stamps and More #172 Make Your Mark, Holly Jolly Embossing, The Card Concept #44 Festive Glory (mixed media elegant)


  1. GAH!!!!!!!
    Can you give me your amazon link to the good paints.
    This is GORGEOUS!!!!!

  2. Wow, this is fabulous!!!! Thanks for joining us here at The Card Concept!

  3. Beautiful!!!
    Nice to see you at ATSM and The Card Concept!
    The Leaf Studio

  4. love your take on Kristina's inspiration - thanks for sharing your beautiful project at ATSM - Hugs, Tanja

  5. Both cards are so pretty and the fact the images are hand-drawn: WOW! You've definitely 'made your mark' with style and flair; so glad to see you in the ATSM gallery!

  6. Amazing cards! You are so talented!! The second card really has that WOW factor - just beautiful! Thanks for joining us at The Card Concept! :)

  7. Gorgeous cards Toni. Even though you had trouble with the first kind of paints, you still ended up with a gorgeous card. The second is even better with more details. Thanks for the tip on the paints. I haven't added them to my wish list ... yet! My art studio is running out of room, but maybe I can find a place to fit them in. :) You are an enabler!! :) xx

  8. Wow, both cards look awesome, but I'm glad you found better version of gouache. I use Holbein watercolors and really love them.
    Thanks for joining us at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge.


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