Newton’s Nook Designs Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop!

I’m sooooooo excited joining today the Design Team and the featured guests for the Newton’s Nook Designs Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop!!

Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the whole link list – there are many awesome blogs for you to visit today! Plus you can comment for your chance to win a prize too! Details at the end of this post!

You Make Cold Days Warmer #handmade card by Tatiana Trafimovich #tatianacraftandart - Santa Toucan Party stamp set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook

There couldn’t be any proper date for this hop because today December, 8 in Italy we celebrate Feast of the Immaculate Conception! It’s day off and it’s tradition to deck the halls right on this day!!! So meanwhile you’re reading this post, I’m putting up my christmas tree, lights and nativity scene. It really beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!! LOL!!!

You Make Cold Days Warmer #handmade card by Tatiana Trafimovich #tatianacraftandart - Santa Toucan Party stamp set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook

For this hop I created a clean and simple card with a pop of bright colors on a tropical birds dressed up for holiday period! I thought it would be fun to give another “life” and interpretation to the summer stamps and transform them into the holiday ones! And so I started stamping with a black waterproof ink on a hot pressed watercolor paper the cute toucans from NND Toucan Party stamp set along with some winter accessories from Newton’s Holiday Mischief and Santa Paws Newton sets. I colored everything with regular watercolors, fussy cut right up against the stamp lines and colored all the edges with a black marker to hide any imperfection due to the cutting. For the background I used a negative part of the circle die-cut from a masking paper, added Distress Oxide ink in Peacock Feathers color. I let everything dry before applying a textured snowflakes through gorgeous Snowfall stencil  using a white embossing paste. Finally I assembled everything popping up some elements on a foam tape and simply stamping the sentiment and a few beautiful snowflakes with the same black ink I used before.

You Make Cold Days Warmer #handmade card by Tatiana Trafimovich #tatianacraftandart - Santa Toucan Party stamp set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook

Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Special! 
Newton’s Nook Designs is also releasing a NEW Exclusive Peppermint Die Set today! This fun new die set will only be available at Newton’s Nook Designs shop and you can get it for FREE this week with a $50 purchase! Offer is valid until Friday, December 15th, or while supplies last. This new die set is also available for purchase for $8.99.
Enter to Win! Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Hop Prizes! 
We will be choosing two lucky winners to win a $20 store credit for Newton’s Nook Designs online shop! To enter, just leave comments on the Design Team Member and Special Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Sunday, December 10th at 9 pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the NND blog on Monday, December 11th.
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Newton’s Nook Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop!

NND_HolidayHop15I’m so exited to join today design team and featured guests for the Newton’s Nook Designs Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop!!

Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the whole link list — there are many awesome blogs for you to visit today! Plus you can comment for your chance to win a prize too! Details at the end of this post!
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You know I can’t resist to the cute cat stamps and this ADORABLE couple of kitties happens to be my favorite from Newton’s Nook Christmas Release. I just can’t stop playing with them and this time I came out with a watercolor project (here you can find my copic colored version).
All this cuteness is form Newton’s Christmas Cuddles and Newton’s Curios Christmas stamp sets. I used the coordinating dies too to cut out the kitties and a small heart.
NND N's Xmas Cuddles 2015 wc (2)
To put together this card I worked separately on the cats image and the background. I even chose different watercolor papers: for the kitties I used Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper (I can’t recommend it enough for no-line coloring) and for the background – a more textured Strathmore Watercolor Paper. But both elements were done with distress inks.
On the background I proceeded in different layers applying them from lightest to darkest and letting dry every single layer before applying the next one. As the result I achieved a typical watercolor look with some lines and bleaches. I wished to give the impression that the light comes from the Moon so I left a light halo around.
Of course, the kitties were colored like my one (he is the Sacred Cat of Burma). I used Antique Linen distress ink for outline stamping and made a little bit more shading then usual since it’s a night scene. I really like how they turned out.

NND N's Xmas Cuddles 2015 wc (3)

After adhering kitties on the foam tape, I added a few final touches with white gel pen and Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen. Hope you can see all the shine on the up-close look.

As I mentioned, this post is part of the Newton’s Nook Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop. Newton’s Nook has adorable stamps – be sure to check them out! They had many awesome guests this week, too. Newton’s Nook Designs is also having a Bonus Stamp Release Today! Make sure you check out their NEW Whispering Pines stamp set. This set is up for sale in their online shop starting today!

ENTER to WIN! 

We will be choosing two lucky winners to win a $10 store credit for Newton’s Nook Designs online shopTo enter, just leave comments on the Design Team Member and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Sunday, December 6th at 9 pm CST to comment  — winners will be announced on the NND blog on Monday, December 7th.

Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop

Your next stop is a talented Annette Allen. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tatiana

DISTRESS INKS:

cats: Antique Linen – Vintage Photo – Ground Espresso – Black Soot – Evergreen Bough – Cracked Pistachio – Twisted Citron – Barn Door

background: Tumbled Glass – Broken China – Peacock Feathers – Faded Jeans – Chipped Sapphire – Antique Linen – Pumice Stone – Black Soot

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