Monday 27 October 2014

Holly and Lights

Hi everyone, for this month's Letraset make I have gone all festive with an early Christmas card. 

I started by roughly sketching out some holly leaf shapes, this is a really easy shape to draw but you could cut one from an old card to draw around, or you could stamp your leaves. I used Letraset fineliners in both 0.3 and 0.5mm to outline the leaves. I also added in 3 tear drop fairy lights. 

I pulled out several greens and blue-greens in my Letraset Promarkers. 

Next I started to colour each holly leaf. Do each half a different shade to add interest, and don't forget the centre vein . 

Here you can see all the leaves done in various shades. Each is done with a darker shade next to the outside edge with a lighter shade blended over the darker one. The red berries are each done with two shades aswell.

Now for a little shimmer, colour the fairy lights using Letraset Metallic markers. 

To create a fineliner to colour the string, I added a Letraset fine nib to a brown Promarker, this instantly makes it a fineliner.. 

Next I scribbled on a craft mat with a green metallic marker, I spritzed with water and picked up the ink on a brush. I used this to fill in the background. 

I finished the background by running a black metallic marker around the edges. 

Now to add the details, I went back to my 0.3mm black fineliners and added patterns to all the leaves. 

I mounted the coloured piece to a white card blank , and added a stamped greeting. 

As a final touch i used a grey Promarker to lightly outline everything, this just makes them stand out a little from the green background. 

I have a pack of Metallic markers to give away.. 

To enter please do TWO things for me. Go to my post on the letraset blog and leave a comment AND add your name to the linky below. 


  1. Fantastic card Darcy, great colours and loving the doodling :-) xxx

  2. Brilliant, love the doodling on the leaves. x

  3. Loving the zentangle on the holly leaves.

  4. Have commented over on the Letraset blog but will repeat myself here - this is a fresh and modern design and I love that as soon as the background was added, those lights just popped out immediately. Very inspirational!

  5. Darcy, I love the idea to use the marker with a brush to fill the background in. I love the vibrancy of the colors on your card.

  6. You crack me up lol...just thinking how much work you put into these images and then you say "know to add some detail" :D XXX

  7. Very cool. Love the doodles they really make a big difference to the composition. Love those metallics. Hugz

  8. I think it is a wonderful card. I love how you made the image stand out and all the doodles! (which, I am terrible at and yours look so cool)

  9. Your art is always so inspirational and I want to try those markers!