Holly Time Fairy

Hello!  It’s the first of the month and that means it’s time for another challenge over at Craft-Dee BowZ!  The challenge is always “Anything Goes and Include a Handmade Bow.”  Our sponsor this month is A Day for Daisies.  A Day For Daisies provides themed categories of over 3000 digital illustrations and a fast growing line of new clear polymer stamp sets, including fairy tales and magical mermaids, cutie kids, vintage illustrations, sentiments and lovely designs for all occasions!  They are offering a prize to the winner of this month’s challenge – head over to Craft-Dee BowZ for more details and for some amazing inspiration from the rest of the team.

It was a tough choice with so many awesome images, but I finally decided on  “Holly Time Fairy“.  I just love this image and had fun creating my card:


I wanted to print the image on watercolor paper, but my paper’s too thick to run through the printer.  Any suggestions out there for a decent watercolor paper thin enough to go through a printer?  Originally, I wanted my girl to have black hair and a black dress, but I came across the gray patterned paper and went with that.  I printed my image directly onto it, then foiled it with black Deco Foil.  I hope you can see the gloss of the foil in my pic below.  I also printed and foiled a few extras on white cardstock for the hair and skin.


For her face, I used Prima Watercolor pencils (for skin and hair) on the white cardstock then cut and adhered to the image.  The reason I didn’t cut the face and hair together is I did more than one version of each, and the face and hair I ended up using were not on the same piece of cardstock (of course they weren’t!).  I started coloring the hair with a black Prismacolor pencil and blending with Gamsol, wasn’t happy, so I switched to my distress inks and used watered-down Black Soot to build up the layers, then I added just a tiny amount of watered-down white acrylic paint and swirled that around trying to make her hair look curly since that’s the kind of hair she has.   I cut that out and adhered over her face – if you look closely, you can see the added layer and it almost looks like she’s wearing a wig.  I painted the holly and berries with Perfect Pearls Festival Green and Merriment Red, then added Christmas Red Stickles to the berries and the buttons on the dress.


I shaded the dress and wings with watered-down Black Soot, then cut out the 3 “rings” (for lack of a better word) from one of the extra sets I printed, and added White Sparkly Fluff (by Our Craft Lounge).  It’s like flocking, but with sparkle.  I adhered about 3 layers to get the thickness I wanted.  I love the look and how soft it is, but it can be a bit messy.




I really wanted to cut out my image with an oval die, but I don’t have one large enough,  so I cut around it and then rounded the corners.  I matted it with white and black cardstock and adhered to my card base with foam squares (my background papers were from my pile of scraps).  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the snowflakes in the red/white paper and then cut out red suede snowflakes from a scrap I had and inset them into the cut-out snowflakes and added a few to the green paper and to my bow.  I added just a tiny bit of the red Stickles to each snowflake, just enough for a little glint of sparkle here and there.  I had a pack of Kaisercraft wooden holly flourishes and painted one with white acrylic paint.  When dried, I lighted “painted” on Silver Stickles because I didn’t want full coverage.holly6

I made a beautiful triple-loop bow with my Craft-Dee BowZ tool – it was so easy!  I love that green, sheer ribbon that Donna gave the team as part of our kits, such a pretty color.  holly9

I had forgotten all about my sentiment until I was done!  I stamped and cut out a few of the greeting I used above, but it just didn’t fit anywhere.  I added it next to the fairy (used black archival ink and then clear embossing powder) – thank goodness for my MISTI stamping tool or it would have been a disaster!

I think that about sums it up.  Thanks for stopping by and feel free to ask questions or leave comments.  Have a great day!

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14 thoughts on “Holly Time Fairy

  1. Holly Time Fairy was an excellent choice, and I love how you’ve brought her to life with her sweet little face, her curly pig tails, and her dress! Really a fabulous design on this card! congrats on getting one done early! I’ve got to get one done, too, but the month is slipping away! Wow! Sending hugs!


  2. I have had the same issue with watercolour paper and I’m yet to find one that will go through my printer. Love the layering in your card. Thank you for joining in the challenge at CHNC Extra for February.


  3. Wow, Marty! This is a lot of work. I love that you walked us through your creative process. Great use of textures. Thanks for playing in our Anything Goes Challenge on the ADFD Blog. Of final challenge starts tomorrow. Hope you have time to join us. Hugs, Cathy


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