Cosy Cup of Cocoa

‘Tis the season for sitting by the fire, drinking hot chocolate and staying cosy. Since I last posted we have had snow, rain, ice and more snow! To create today’s card I paired a watercoloured Echidna Studios image with a alcohol ink gel print. I printed the cup from the ‘cocoa and cookies‘ digital stamp set on hot pressed watercolour paper then painted it with Sennelier watercolour paints.

I added a Penny Black sentiment then framed it with a gel printed panel. It may seem like an odd combo of images but I like the way the colours worked together and it looked a little like a floral tablecloth underneath my cup image. I have only recently started using alcohol inks on my gel plate and discovered how the highly pigmented alcohol inks sometimes give me three or four prints from the one design. This pale one was either the second or third print pulled with paint after creating a colourful design on the plate with a stencil.

Hope you are staying cosy in the northern hemisphere or refreshed in the south. It is a strange thing to now celebrate my wedding anniversary and birthday in the bleak mid winter even though I was born and married in the height of summer! This weekend my husband and I are celebrating 33 years!

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5 Comments on “Cosy Cup of Cocoa”

  1. Tish Rowe says:

    It is like having a nice cup of coffee or tea, relaxing in an inviting place with lovely tablecloth.
    Hope you have a very successful new year. And…add your daughter to that.
    Tish Rowe

  2. nancystiz says:

    This is SO striking due to your beautiful watercolor but that background caught my eye! Never thought to use alcohol ink on a gelli plate but love that effect. I’m also fond of the way the cup matched perfectly with that background. This is so well done!

  3. Bonnie says:

    That gel print background is amazing, Heather! And your cup of hot chocolate is so realistic with the marshmallows floating in it. Happy New Year! I look forward to seeing your creativity in the new year.

  4. Pat says:

    Congratulations on your 33rd anniversary Heather (hubby and I had our 40th last summer), and the cup of chocolate and marshmallows is definitely a winner, both the watercoloured version, and in real life on a cold winter’s day. I love the gelli plate background too and it does look perfect with it. Perhaps sometime you could do a video using AI’s with the gelli plate to give us the idea of how you use them with it. Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative new year, and I look forward to visiting you throughout 2023. x

  5. Loll says:

    Your cup of cocoa looks delicious, Heather. Love it paired with your AI geli plate background. The colours are so wonderful together. xx

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