A Christmas Card and a Coloring Page

When it come to re-working a drawing, I do it the old-fashioned way: ZIG pens, tracing paper, and a fair amount of White-Out.

Then I make masks to layer over the drawing.  This allows me stamp and ink the background later on.

I took a snowflake stamp (Stampin’ Up!)  and stamped over the masks in several places so it would look like snowflakes are falling in the background.

I’ve been stamping for years but I still think masking is the coolest thing.

With the masks still on, I sponged ‘tumbled glass’ Distress Ink around the page.

Finished coloring with Copics.  Love these markers!



I should’ve had these made a month ago for my Etsy shop for Cockayne Syndrome, but I didn’t get started early enough. (sigh) I’ll have to start super early next year on Christmas cards!

Here is my card to you. It’s very different from last year’s card, but last year’s card makes me cry.  Knox was still a newborn and we still thought everything was going to be alright.

This year I needed to stay light-hearted and fun.  Something with a butterfly in it, too.

Isn’t the week before Christmas the best?!

We’re taking off from our school schedule this week to enjoy the few days left…baking sugar cookies, wrapping gifts, watching Christmas movies, and doing fun crafts (I’m still making hot-air balloon ornaments!).

One of my favorite movies to watch around this time is “The Bells of St. Mary’s” with Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman. It’s an oldie but so so good.

I made a coloring page from this drawing for my daughter. If you have little ones who like to color, feel free to print out this coloring page.  Christmas is almost here!



  1. gorgeous page and card!

    Love it!!!

    Thanks so much, I hope to get to colour this before Christmas, 🙂

  2. I love the card and the feelings it provokes. Thanks for the coloring sheet too! Thinking of you and yours. xoxo

  3. Thank you for your draw, I like it very much!
    I also love Christmas time, I’ll hope to make the cookies, the gifts and
    all things I like!
    Have a nice day.

  4. I love this and all of your creative touches, so unique n’ special!
    The baking, the movies and driving around to see the Christmas lights, making new memories! Hope you n’ yours have a wonderful week~xXx

  5. Merry Christmas to you all. I hope Knox and the other kids have a wonderful Christmas together! Love you all, Floy

  6. It’s beautiful! I have heard so much about the Copic Markers, I think next time I am in town at the Crafts store I will get a few to try them out. They look as if the colors just pop off the pages! What a beautiful drawing, and thank you so much for the Color Page – which will now be printed and go inside the “Arts & Acrylics” package for my 11 year old. She said she wants a “bunch of everything Artists use” – so I am adding to the package here and there.

    Scarlett, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas – special hugs to Knox this year from the Mitchells too – He is always on my mind, and when he pops into my thoughts, I say a prayer. Hugs for all the kids, cannot leave anyone out! So without further adieu, MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! xo Sherri

  7. I just stopped by because I was thinking about you and Knox today, and praying for you.

    Such a beautiful card! Last year’s is lovely, too, thanks for the link. Your projects make me happy, even though I would never have the energy to do them myself. But I am still doing my little “art therapy” drawings — maybe I’ll post some soon.


  8. Such a beautiful happy post. Thank you for sharing with us. Maybe next year my daughter will have the fine motor skills to try a coloring page? She has come so far in the past 14 months so maybe so…
    Blessings to you and your darling family, Keep creating. You have such talent.

  9. Hi Scarlett .. love your work – it is so creative .. and those butterflies .. I send many butterfly kisses over the pond from Mum, Hardwick – her bed dog! and I .. just love seeing your crafts unfold on the page .. and the Christmas card is just lovely.

    With many thoughts to a very peaceful and happy Christmas and New Year en famille .. much love – Hilary

  10. Gorgeously done! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.



  11. Happy Holidays Scarlett! This is stunning and I especially like the mask technique to allow the snowflakes to appear behind the image. Amazing! Your drawing is beautiful!

    I have awarded you with a Liebster Blog Award. Here is the post for more details! 🙂 http://southerncricutlady.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/liebster-blog-award/

  12. This is beautiful Scarlett! The butterfly is so sweet. And ‘give.’ Love it! Merry Christmas! 🙂

  13. I love this Scarlett!!
    Christmas blessings to you :))

    Kay Ellen

  14. This is just beautiful! I love that you made a coloring page out of your hot air balloon sketch. What a wonderful idea!!! ~Sophia

  15. You are so talented and kind! I was just sitting here wondering if you drew that or if it was a stamp and then I seen that you had made your daughter a coloring page! Thank you for sharing this!! I just love that image!!

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