Monday's blog is Trees and Flowers, so here's one of my favourite treestamps.
It is used here with our little and large Partridges.
It’s a very easy project. All you need is
The Pear Tree Stamp
The Large Partridge
The little Partridge
a Speedball Brayer
Theuva Card A5
Black, Denim and Juniper Adirondacks
Sakura Gel Pen for the leaves
White Ultra-fine pen for the snow
Black Micron Pen 01 for the frame
Pastel green Promarker for the edging
Make-up sponge for the shadows
Post-It moon mask
Stamp the Tree in Black Adirondack on A6 Theuva Card.
Add the little bird...
Add the Post-It moon,
tear a piece of copy paper to mask off the snowy land,
load your brayer with Juniper (I find a Splodgemat helps)
roll an undercoat of Juniper sky, loading from the top of the card.
Load the brayer with Denim and go back over the light Juniper, starting from the top of the card again.
Remove the mask.
Colour in the Leaves on the tree with the Sakura Crystal Gel Pen (It is beautiful)
Drag the chisel end of a Pastel Green Promarker around all 4 sides, and then make a fine black deckle line with a Micron Pen.
Colour in the Little Partridge with a blue colouring pencil or Promarker.
Lightly add some shadow under the bird and in the snow with a make-up sponge and Denim.
Add some snow in the sky with the white fine pen.
Mount on White Glitter Card.
Now for the little box with the large Partridge.
Stamp him in Black Adirondack and simply colour him in, either with blue Promarkers, or blue colouring pencils.
Mount the white box on a very dark green or blue card, and attach him to the art work.
And there you have it: a very simple, elegant Christmas card you’d be happy to send to anybody!
So I decided to look up the meaning, or the significance of the carol, The 12 Days of Christmas; apparently it’s actually very religious. Ready for this?
The Partridge in a Pear tree was Jesus,Two Turtle Doves were the Old and New Testament,
Three French Hens stood for Faith, hope and love,
Four Colling Birds were the 4 Gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John,
Five Golden Rings represented the Torah, or the first five books of the Old Testament,
The six geese a-laying stood for the 6 days of Creation,
Seven swans a-swimming represented the gifts of the Holy Spirit: Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership and Mercy,
The eight Maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.
The ten Lords a-leaping were the 10 Commandments.
The eleven Pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples,
The twelve Drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostle's creed.
So. There's a little history lesson for today. Food for the soul - not food for the table! And there was me thinking the Partridge was the Bird for Christmas Dinner! Not much meat on them anyway...
In tomorrow’s blog, I thought we could go right back to when I could still fit into a pair of size 10 jeans. So that’s quite a long time ago....