Monday, December 20, 2021

Season's Greetings


I have one last holiday card to share with you today.  I loved the mental break I got making this card, as the watercoloring process was very calming.  

I began by stamping, and white heat embossing, the beautiful Christmas Poinsettia Star Stamp (this large Poinsettia image is one of my all-time favorite Christmas stamps), onto watercolor paper.  

On my glass worksurface, I pressed the Festive Berries Distress Oxide Ink pad down to transfer some ink.  Then I used a watercolor brush (I love this fun "mermaid" set - it just makes me happy to use. There is also a "unicorn" style - if you prefer the pink.), to brush water over each petal I was working on.  I, then, would pick up some color, and concentrate it in the center of the flower, using a second brush dipped in water to blend the color out, until the tips of the petals were nearly white.  I repeated this process to finish out each petal.  Finally, I added a little Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink to my work surface, and used that in the center of the flower.   

Once the panel had FULLY dried, I marked the edges of the paper where I needed them trimmed off at.  Then, I used the edge of a ruler to hold the paper in place, and I tore off the excess paper.  Because of the thickness of the watercolor paper, this gave it a pretty deckled edge.  

The sentiment came from the Fancy Christmas Sentiments set.  I stamped the sentiment onto vellum, and gold heat embossed it.  Then I die cut it using the coordinating dies. I adhered that to the card front, and added a few of the lighter gems from the Sands of Time Gem Mix.  

I adhered the card front to a kraft card base, using foam tape.  

I love the way this card turned out.  It's just as pretty as I pictured it.  Thanks for stopping by - and have a very Happy Holidays!

Supplies specific to this card, are listed, and linked, in the blog post.  
To see the basic tools that I use on nearly every card, please click here.

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