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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Christmas Robin

The Stampalot Challenge blog has changed it's name to Stamping Sensations and the  first challenge under the new name is for a Traditional Christmas card. I always like cards with robins on and having bought this lovely stamp form Chocolate Baroque I decided to try it out. I wanted to keep it fairly simple to see if it was viable for batch making. I'm not too sure about that though as it took me quite a while to colour it. I love the images of fairly realistic looking birds but worry about being able to colour them properly. However having stamped the image with Memento black ink I set to work with my colour soft pencils, I like using pencils as you can gradually build up the colour and it is easier to rectify any mistakes than when using pens. I used a paper stump and some Sansodor to blend the colours together. After also colouring the trees and ivy I used white liquid pearl and crystal ultra fine glitter to show the effect of the snow.the Christmas greeting is also from  CB and was stamped with a red ink pad.
I am also going to enter this at St. Luke's Charity Card Challenge where for their last challenge they too would like a Traditional Christmas card.

Thank you for taking a look and for your comments, they are much appreciated.    Jean 


  1. This is gorgeous,love the beautifully coloured

  2. Lovely Jean. You did a good job on the robin. It is a super stamp and just right for a traditional card. Kate x

  3. Hi jean
    Fabulous card ... We all love robins.... Gorgeous...
    Thanks for joining us at St.lukes ...
    Good luck with the prizes...
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  4. This is lovely for a traditional Christmas card. I too love using pencils & combined with the glittery pearliness this makes for a rather classy card.
    Not sure about the batch production though - I think your hands would ache after all that colouring.
    Paula (PEP)

  5. Lovely card, beautiful stamp.

  6. A beautiful traditional Christmas card Jean, I always think Robins make the perfect seasonal card.

    Thank you so much and sharing your creativity with us at Stamping Sensations challenge this month.

    B x

  7. Beautiful card, loving the Robin image.

  8. This really is traditional!! I always think of robins at Christmas and yours is so sweet. I do like the touch of pearl on the trees and posts. Super. Thanks so much for playing along with St Luke's Charity Card Challenge!

  9. Jean such a lovely traditional card...gorgeous image which you have coloured beautifully...thank you for joining in our final challenge over at St Lukes


  10. I love this gorgeous card Jean. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

  11. A fabulous card, Jean! It is a perfect image for our November challenge and it is perfectly coloured too. Thanks for entering our traditional Christmas challenge at Stamping Sensations this month and Good Luck!

  12. Hiya Jean. This is really gorgeous, I love your colouring with the Coloursoft pencils, and the sparkly snow looks beautiful. I haven't started my Xmas cards yet, but the intentions are there! How wonderful that you're going to have your first great grandchild! Any signs yet? I hope everything goes well, and will keep an eye on your blog for his/her arrival :-).

    Take care Jean

    Maria xxxxx

  13. Beautiful card , I love the colours

    thanks for joining us at Stamping sensations this month


  14. Hello Jean!!!!!!!!!!! I know it's been an age since I've popped in to you. I have been a very bad blogger!!!!! Things at home have been soooooo hard this last year, but I am turning the corner now and am back crafting a bit. Would love to catch up with you some time and what you're up to!!!1I'm still at if you should fancy a chat some time!
    Love this festive card and your robin is just perfect!!! Colouring and details is fab. Hope all is well with you
    Much love Carol xxx

  15. Gorgeous card Jean, I particularly like the use of the liquid pearls and glitter. Just lovely
    Lesley x

  16. Gorgeous card Jean, I particularly like the use of the liquid pearls and glitter. Just lovely
    Lesley x

  17. I love robins on Christmas cards and you've coloured it beautifully :0)
    Thanks for playing along with our last challenge at St Luke's :0)
    Jenny x

  18. There`s nothing more traditional than a robin on a Christmas card. Yours is fabulous. Thank you so much for joining us on our final challenge at St Lukes.
    Lynne xxx