Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Watercolour Christmas

Hello, Crafters.

When I started to think about today's card, I had two ideas in my mind. 

Firstly I wanted to create a card around a sentiment, and secondly, I wanted to use some Designer Series Paper (DSP).

Choosing the DSP was easy, it's called Be Merry, but the sentiment was more of a challenge! 
We have quite a lot of stamp sets which have sentiments that lend themselves to this style of card. 

I chose Merriest Christmas Wishes because I guessed it would be easy to colour using two different coloured Marker Pens.

I started with a card base of Garden Green Cardstock (CS) and, using Garden Green Ink, I stamped two holly branches across the top of the card front. 

The stamps were from the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set, which is a two step stamp set. 
For the infill stamp to colour the holly, I stamped off once, and although I have used this set countless times, I found it quite a challenge to get it lined up properly!

I should have expected it because Garden Green is quite a dark colour, which meant the outline stamp didn't show up as much as usual!

The real challenge was with the infill stamp for the bow, and I didn't do as well as I know I can, but hey-ho, I can live with it as it is!

Next I adhered the DSP onto a Whisper White CS layer, and then onto the card base. 

I used the Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Marker Pens to paint the sentiment, and I stamped it onto a piece of Whisper White CS.

Using the largest Stitched Shapes circle die, I die cut the sentiment, and layered it using Dimensionals, onto a scalloped circle die cut using the largest scallop circle in the Layering Circles Framelits Dies. 

Then I adhered this to the card front, also using Dimensionals.

Using two dies from the Christmas Staircase Thinlits, I die cut four fir branches in Garden Green CS.

Next I used Tombow, and adhered them all behind the sentiment. 

The final touch for the front of the card was to add small Basic Pearls along the holly branches, and a larger one in the centre of the bow.

To decorate the inside of the card, using Garden Green Ink, I stamped two holly branches in the same design as I did on the top of the card front. 

I added the bow in the centre, and finished by adding berries coloured in freehand using my Cherry Cobbler Marker Pen.

This isn't one of my favoured clean and simple cards, but I'm very pleased with the result!

That's it from me today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.


  1. This is really lovely Jan. It just shouts "Christmas" ... a beautiful job as always! Thanks so much for sharing again.

    1. Hi, Geraldine. Definitely not my usual style but I'm really pleased with it. Glad you like it, too! We are so alike! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.