Christmas red or white

Ever since I received this stamp way back when the weather was warm, I wanted to try it as a ‘white poinsettia’ rather than the traditional red. The first card I made with it was red and when I used it in my Christmas class we stamped it red but now as a Christmas thank you I’ve made it white, or to be precise a yellowish, greenish white! I am sharing it over on the Foiled Fox blog today also. Make sure you pop over there to see enjoy all the beautiful wintry cards they have shared lately. Scroll back to see three gorgeous poinsettia cards made by Shauna Todd posted during December.

To create my ‘white’ poinsettia I stamped the whole ‘Christmas Red’ stamp from Penny Black in shabby shutters distress ink on hot pressed watercolour paper (which I had splattered with masking fluid earlier). With the stamp in the MISTI I inked the outer leaves with mowed lawn distress ink and stamped again. Shabby shutters ink is a pale green to start with so when I diluted it by blending with water I was able to make it a little paler. I blended one petal at a time and dabbed it with a paper towel while it was wet to remove more colour. Before the petals dried I picked up some extra shabby shutters ink off my glass mat and added some shadow where the petals were overlapped by another. I blended the leaves with water also and when they were dry added some definition with a fine brush and mowed lawn ink. I stamped the centre with mowed lawn ink and added some gold with a wink of stella pen.

Once the flower was dry I painted around the edges with water then dropped in weathered wood distress stain and blended it to surround the whole image. I also dropped in some green ink here and there while the background painting was wet. When everything dried I removed the masking fluid and added clear wink of stella to all the petals to give them some shimmer. I stamped the ‘thank you’ from the PB ‘banner sentiments’ set in versafine clair shady lane ink. I am very happy to be making thank you cards as I have close to thirty donors to thank so far in my Dressember campaign raising money for the fight against human trafficking.

I am adding my pink and green poinsettia to the post just for interest and comparison. I used a similar process to the one described above but kept the background white as a base from some gold embossing. Thank you for dropping in today.


Stamps: Christmas Red, banner sentiments (PB)

Inks: shabby shutters ,mowed lawn distress inks, versafine clair shady lane ink

Stain: weathered wood distress stain

Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper, neenah natural white

Also: gold wink of stella, clear wink of stella, masking fluid

Tools: MISTI, glass mat

13 Comments on “Christmas red or white”

  1. Connie Schulz says:

    Really like the white one. Beautiful. Also probably that we did the red in class and is different. Merry Christmas.

  2. Love, love, love the white rendition!!!

  3. Vicki B says:

    Beautiful cards, Heather! You really are an artist!

  4. Thank you Heather!
    I have followed your beautiful work for a long time. Thank you for sharing so much of you with us. I am delighted every time I receive a new email from you! You never disappoint.
    Hoping the New Year brings much joy & happiness to you & your families!
    A grateful student, Susan
    Sent from my iPad

  5. tonytramcar says:

    They are both gorgeous Heather, but the white has a purity and beauty and love the touch of gold in the centre plus that wonderful loose background too. I hope you had a great Christmas and wishing you a happy, healthy and wonderfully creative 2019. x

  6. Lynn Leduc says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

  7. I love the white version, so pretty with the blue background. x

  8. debsmart says:

    Your white poinsettia is absolutely gorgeous! I love the subtle colouring, and the background helps it really stand out. Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing all of the colours you used.

  9. Bonnie says:

    I’ve always wanted to do a white one, but wasn’t sure quite how. Thanks for the detailed description. Maybe I’ll get brave and try. Yours is so beautiful!

  10. Karen Jackson says:

    Heather, this white poinsettia is beautiful. It is so delicate, cool and fragrant. Almost like a spring flower. Thank you for the ‘how to’; I followed your instructions for the white mistletoe berries and was very pleased with the result, so I may have a go at a white poinsettia one day. Every good wish for 2019, and good luck for 31st!

  11. Janet S. says:

    It looks so real!!! You nailed the shading perfectly. Love it, Happy New Year and congratulations on your successful Dressember campaign. You inspire, thank you!

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