Reason for the Season Watercolor

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

  • Reply
    Susan Powell
    October 29, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Gorgeous card! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Christmas Card Challenges.

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      October 30, 2016 at 7:18 am

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

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    Monica
    October 29, 2016 at 12:44 am

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

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      Sara Levin
      October 29, 2016 at 7:17 pm

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

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