25 November 2019

Bows and an Afro! Got Joy Creations Holiday Series 2019 Card + Giveaway

Hola everyone! I am over at Dana Joy’s blog and Youtube channel today for the Got Joy Creations Holiday Series 2019. The series is full of holiday inspiration!  And what is an AWESOME series without AWESOME GIVEAWAYS and DISCOUNT CODES?!?!?!? 

Make sure you are following the series so you do not miss anything!!! Don’t forget to leave a comment on Dana’s blog to qualify for all the great giveaway goodies! If you check DAY ONE of the series, all of the GIVEAWAYS are listed. 

You definitely want to take a peek daily as throughout the series Dana will be sharing tutorials, cards and a few surprises that you will NOT want to miss!
I am giving away a $25 Simon Says Stamp Gift Certificate! So leaving comments here, and on my YouTube channel as well, will give you extra entries. The winners will be drawn on December 16, 2019. 

The Got Joy Holiday Series is a true reflection of Dana's love of creating cards to share with family and friends! I am soooo very excited and honored to be part of this series. 

I met Dana a few years ago and we quickly realized that outside of paper crafting we shared the same passion for our families, laughter, Bruno Mars, kindness, coffee, squirrels and spreading joy! 

Today’s holiday card is inspired by Dana! We initially met on Periscope when she was giggling and sharing the release of The Ton’s Holiday Bows Stamps set. I fell in love with the set and eventually gained a friend! Therefore, I wanted to use the stamp set that launched our friendship to create my card! 

I have a video on how I created the card. I also explain in full the story behind why the bows mean so much to me!

I was thinking of a glittery, glamorous holiday party when I created my card. I knew that along with Holidays Bows, the Wedding Haute Dress, also by The Ton, would make a stunning card. As you can see, my Holiday Bow set is well loved! 

I stamped several bows in 3 sizes onto Neenah Solar White 80lb paper using my MISTI. I used Ranger Archival Ink: Aqua as the base layer and Brutus Monroe Gradient Chalk Ink: Sea Glass for the top layer.

I added highlights and shadows to each bow with the following Copic Markers: BG10, BG32, BG13, BG15, N2 and C2. I was going to apply clear Wink of Stella to the bows but changed my mind. I used my Cricut Cuttlebug to cut out the bows. 

Next, I stamped out the image of the woman on Neenah Solar White 80lb paper using both Ink on 3 Fade Out No Line Coloring Detail Ink and Brutus Monroe Raven Detail Ink. I wanted to use my creative license and add an Afro to the image but needed to see how it would look with each ink medium. I decided to go with a combo of Fade Out ink on the top part of image and the Raven ink on the bottom. This way, I can add an Afro without a visible dark line underneath. 

I love the Ink On 3 Fade Out Ink as it takes on the color of the medium you are using. I added the Afro and colored the image using the following Copic Markers:
Afro: C0 C01 C03 C04 CO6
Skin: E000 E00 E01 
Dress: R24 R27 R29
The afro is consists of dots and small squiggly lines.

I fussy cut the image with my Tim Holtz Non Stick Serrated Snip Scissors. Placing her on top on one of the stamped images I did not use, I traced around the Afro. I then cut out the entire image with about a 1/8" border. This will be used as a background piece. I applied a generous amount of Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter to the dress and Black Wink of Stella to the Afro and let it dry for a few minutes. I popped my Tonic Studios Script Merry Christmas die in my Cuttlebug with a scrap of shimmery paper and Bazzill Wax Lips paper- love that name for the color red- and cut out my sentiment. I added Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter and adhered it to the shadow. 

 Now dry, I used my Tonic Studios Crafty Tacky Glue to adhere the image to the background piece I traced earlier and set aside. 

I knew I wanted the bows to surround the image.  It took me about five minutes to decide on the arrangement I wanted. Once I did.....I took a few pics to recall bow placement and glued everything down to a Bazzill Wax Lips Red A7 (5X7) card base.  

I enjoyed creating this glamorous Dana card! I hope you will be inspired to use your markers, stamps and creative license to make a holiday card! 

Please note: The GJC Holiday Card Series runs from November 17 to December 14. Each day Dana will have a Guest Designer right here on the blog sharing their holiday card ideas just like I did here today. Hopefully you will find something to inspire you to create holiday cards for your family and friends this year. Follow along on her YouTube Channel and make sure you leave comments on each designer’s posts or videos for chances to win.

From my crafty space to yours.... I wish you and your loved ones a safe and crafty holiday season! 

Thanks for taking a peek! 

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  1. Amazing work. Love the attention to detail on the bows & the awesome hair style. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Great Christmas card! Looking at your work here on your blog, I am amazed by your coloring skills!

  3. Love the bows for the background and the color combo you used on your beautiful card!

  4. This card is SO COOL!! I love the coloring on the image and how you used the bows to surround that gorgeous woman. GREAT design!! I am adding you to my blog list on bloglovin!!! I love your style!!

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