Sunday, 20 September 2009

Christmas with Elvis

Kinkade and Presley - does it get much more American than that, I wonder? The USA's biggest selling living artist painting the home of her greatest selling recording artist!

I kept the focus on Elvis and Priscilla unloading gifts from the car and the homey glow of the windows by concentrating the colouring in those areas, the rest of the scene is just given a little shading over and above the intricate detail provided by the stamp with three shades of cool grey Copic (C1, C3 and C5) plus Pale Blue Gray (B60). As ever, you can click through for a better view as it looks a little washed out on the thumbnail version here!

I resisted the tempation to add Elvis-style studs or bling but gave in to a touch of opulence with a silk bow. This is a larger format card (5" x 7") to give space for the wider matting to give a more elegant feel. A sentiment on a strip curved to give a little more dimension finishes things off.

Stamps (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Graceland Christmas (Elvis line releasing Septermber 25th)
We Wish you a Merry Christmas sentiment (Elvis line)

Simply Smooth

Brilliance by Tsukineko (Graphite Black)

Copic markers
Silk ribbon
Corner Chomper (1/4" side used to round ends of sentiment strip)

Thanks for visiting after a short break from me - I had a couple of weeks vacation and then came home to the most enormous pile of work so crafting and blogging have take a bit of a back seat. I'll have more things to share this week though so please stop by again if you have the time, I really appreciate your visits!


Kaz said...

Oooohhh that's stunning Joanne. I love the way you've coloured the image. Fab.

Janice said...

Fantastic card Joanne. I like that it hints at Elvis without being over the top.

Anonymous said...

what a stunning card...adore it,just wish I was on your xmas card list! lol

tracy said...

fabulous joanne :)

Traceyr said...

Wonderful card Joanne. Perfect for my BIL who is a massive Elvis fan.

Beautiful colouring in as always.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Joanne! x

Unknown said...

The silk bow definitely finishes it beautifully - a really classy card - Love it!

Karen said...

Oh Joanne this is stunning honey!!! I am so pleased that you left off the bling XXX

Kathy said...

You've done such a lovely job with this Joanne. You've really caught the style of the era perfectly

Gez Butterworth said...

Ooooooh Joanne!!! I love it. :-D Can you hear me screaming!! Your colouring is spot on as ever.xx I love all things Kinkade. This is truly beautiful.xx

Hazel said...

Love it - especially the added touch of opulence - just right x

CLARE said...

Utterly gorgeous, love how you have resisted 'overdoing' it - I would have thrown colour at it and it looks perfect with just a few touches of colour. The tag & bow set it off nicely, I think thats a great idea for a Xmas card and will bear it in mind:)