I’m back from another week at my mom’s and determined to be extra creative in the few days that I will be home.  I spent yesterday kind of regrouping and trying to get my head in the game.  You know, it’s harder to create when you haven’t done so for a few days.  And this morning, I saw a facebook post that said there were only 9 weeks until Christmas.  Yikes! With that in mind, today I have a Christmas creation.

I’ve used Reason for the Season.

And since I love flowers, this set is a great way to work them in to my holiday creating.

I’ve also used this card to participate in Challenge #46 on a weekly Christmas card challenge site.

Reason for the Season faux watercolor Christmas card - from theartfulinker.com

The card has a Real Red cardstock base followed by a Gold Foil paper layer.

The focal layer is a piece of Whisper White cardstock.

The poinsettia image from Reason for the Season is a three step stamp.

I used just the outline image to create the envelope liner that goes with this card.

Reason for the Season faux watercolor Christmas Card - poinsettia detail - from theartfulinker.com

I inked the main piece of the image in Real Red.  Next I stamped off.  Then before stamping the image on the Whisper White layer, I spritzed it with water.  Taking these steps gave a variety of red tones and softened the image.

The leaves were inked in Garden Green and then I followed the same steps before stamping the image as I used for the flower.

The outline image was inked in Cherry Cobbler and stamped off before adding it to the poinsettia.

And each flower was finished by daubing a bit of Crushed Curry into its center.

I let each layer of color dry ( the color is wetter after being spritzed) before adding the next so that I would have layers of color rather than the colors bleeding together.

This all gives the flowers a hand painted quality.

Reason for the Season faux watercolor Christmas card - sentiment detail - from theartfulinker.com

For the sentiment, I wanted a little tonal variation.  So, I inked it all over with Versamark.  Then, I used my Garden Green Stampin’ Write Marker and colored over “a very” and “to you” before sprinkling on the Gold embossing powder.  When heated, this gave a subtle green undertone to those words and adds a little interest.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Reason for the Season faux watercolor Christmas card.

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4 comments on “Reason for the Season Watercolor

    1. Sara Levin Post author

      Thank you Susan! Glad you enjoyed my play with the poinsettias.

  1. Monica

    Stunning creation!
    Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges and good luck!
    Monica – CCC DT

    1. Sara Levin Post author

      Thanks Monica! It was fun to play along this week and begin creating some Christmas cards.

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