Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Lewis Christmas Caroll to you!

Calling all Alice fans - make a Wonderland holiday card and link it on The Altered Alice; there is a wonderful prize up for grabs!
I have not had time to create anything this month, but I wanted to share a couple older Wonderland Christmas cards with you.  This first one is one of my top favorite cards ever! The background is a fabulous collage stamp by Stampin' Up! My sister is a hobby demo, so we'd be happy to help you get your own Christmas collage stamp if you need one.  I stamped it on Kraft card stock, double inking the rubber with brown dye ink and then Versamark before stamping, which allowed me to heat emboss with clear detail powder. Then I did detailed sponging, using the Tsukeniko Fantastix to rub in various colors of distress ink. I printed "Greetings from Wonderland" in the blank rectangle in the design using a brown pen.

Then I highlighted some areas of red and gold with Smooch, love that stuff. I added white gel pen highlights to give dimension to the letters and berries. The White Rabbit was also embossed on kraft and colored with a white gel pen, prismacolors, and Smooch. The gold ruffled lace is a doily from the baking aisle. I cut out the center of the doily, just leaving a thin strip intact right above the lacy edge. When I straightened it out to adhere it the the edge, it creates lovely flounces that I manipulated with my fingers to make pleasing ruffles.

This next card is the Pixie Dust Studios Mad Hatter and the paper is Nikki Sivils. I created the banners and sentiments on the computer, coloring and trimming the printouts. The gold Krylon paint pen edging adds some elegance, and the rich satin ribbon is the perfect finishing touch
I had a wonderful time coloring this fun image with Copic alcohol markers. Of course I had to color the face a la Johnny Depp! I added more details with a multiliner, like defining the thread areas of the spools on the bandoleer. I trimmed it out, but the small white rim did not isolate it enough from the background patterns. I wanted the Mad Hatter to stand out, so I glued the trimmed out figure to black card stock and trimmed it out again with a larger margin. I really like the way this looked, and it isolated him from the background so he now stands out against the patterns.

Merry Christmas to you and yours! I hope you experience your own Wonderland this year as we once more welcome Christ into our hearts.

Notice Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland in the left panel, and all the characters below.
I will leave you with the full quote from the poem that is quoted in the Lewis Carroll nativity window, "From a Fairy to a Child":


LADY dear, if Fairies may
For a moment lay aside
Cunning tricks and elfish play,
'Tis at happy Christmas-tide.

We have heard the children say—
Gentle children. whom we love—
Long ago, on Christmas Day,
Came a message from above.

Still, as Christmas-tide comes round,
They remember it again—
Echo still the joyful sound
"Peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Yet the hearts must childlike be
Where such heavenly guests abide;
Unto children, in their glee,
All the year is Christmas-tide!

Thus, forgetting tricks and play
For a moment, Lady dear,
We would wish you, if we may,
Merry Christmas, glad New Year! 

--Lewis Carroll; Christmas, 1867.

14 comments:

  1. Oh Lynne I´ve missed my words.
    These are so beautiful. Amazing design and unique work.
    Love them both. xoxo

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  2. These Alice in Wonderland Cards are so AMAZING! I love the way you put the White Rabbit into a christmas card!! The colours are wonderfull, WOW!!

    Love from The Netherlands,
    Leintje*

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  3. Wonderful wonderland cards - I love them both, but totally adore the colouring on that top card. It's absolutely beautiful. Maddy x

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  4. Absolutely GORGEOUS Lynne!! That background stamp is to die for and the Distress inks give it a "Wonderful" vintage look! Your Copic coloring on the Mad Hatter stamp is amazing as well.

    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas in Wonderland!!

    Amy*

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  5. I wish I lived by you and we were friends. You have so much talent that I'd love to learn from you.Your SU card is out of this world. I've always had my eye on that stamp.

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  6. Lynne...I'm floored by your White Rabbit card. It's stunning! Abs-so-lutely gorgeous!!! And the Mad Hatter? You'd think that it was a commercially produced die cut piece! Well done!

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  7. oh wow these are stunning.. i love the top card !
    A very Merry Christmas to you and yours
    Lisa x

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  8. Of all the Christmas cards I've seen in my fav blogs yours is the best. You made the PERFECT card. I just love it.

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  9. I love your interpretation as well.. Especially the White Rabbit.. WOW.. but I do like the Hatter as well.. so much inspiration so little time.. hugs...

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  10. Lynn, both cards look amazing! I love the white highlights on your first image. It really makes everything pop. Your coloring of the second image looks amazing!
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
    Hugs and smiles

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  11. Lynne,
    your cards are a feast for the eyes...and so different from one another! I enjoyed creating an AIW inspired greeting for the Altered Alice challenge, which prompted me to make additional AIW cards for New years...so much fun!
    Happy 2012,
    Shawn

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  12. Felicidades
    e muita criatividade em 2012!
    abra├žos

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  13. These cards are fabulous!! Love your style.

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