Reason for the Season Gift Card Holder for GDP13

It’s rainy here today.  But, you won’t find me complaining because it’s also December and it is to be in the mid-fifties.  That’s beautiful in my book!  I can wear the scarf that I knitted a couple of weeks ago and my cute rainboots and I’m good to go!

There’s a little holiday shopping to finish and then the wrapping to do.  That’s where today’s Christmas creation comes in.  If your list is like mine, then you have some people who will be receiving gift cards.

I’ve combined Reason for the Season and the GDP13 challenge

for my gift card holder.

Reason for the Season Gift Card Holder for GDP13 from

This was a color challenge using Crumb Cake, Real Red and Old Olive.

Using the Gift Card Envelope thinlits, I cut the Crumb Cake cardstock for the envelope.

Then, I stamped the fine splatter from Gorgeous Grunge in Versamark and embossed in gold.  It almost makes the Crumb Cake look as if it too is gold!

Next, I took a piece of 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon and created a belly band.  This band is accented with two stripes of Gold 1/8″ Ribbon.  Fast Fuse was the perfect adhesive to adhere the the ribbon pieces.

Reason for the Season Gift Card Holder for GDP13 - watercolored poinsettia detail - from

Then I was ready for stamping.  I inked the poinsettia from Reason for the Season in Archival Basic Gray and stamped off before stamping onto the Watercolor paper. I wanted just a light image of the stamp which gives this a more “hand painted” feel.

Using an Aqua Painter, I lifted ink from the lids of my Real Red and Old Olive ink pads and painted.  Starting with light color, I let it flow and fill the petals and leaves.  After letting it dry slightly, I came back and added more color in places to create tonal variations.  Finally, I came back with a dry brush to paint in some deep color to accent the edges of petals so that the layers have a little more definition.

Tip:  Allowing the piece to dry a bit between color applications makes it both easier to control the color and to achieve deeper layers of color.

Reason for the Season Gift Card Holder - poinsettia dimension detail - from

After cutting out the poinsettia, I used my stylus and the handle from my Paper Piercing tool to shape the petals and leaves.  The heavy bodied watercolor paper is perfect for this shaping technique and is a breeze to shape while it is still damp.

This Reason for the Season gift card holder is going to make a lovely gift for somebody!

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  • Reply
    December 4, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Such a lovely gift card holder, Sara. Your poinsettia is beautiful. Thank you so much for playing along with this week’s Global Design Project color challenge.

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    December 3, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Oh my gosh. That’s beautiful. The poinsettia is so well-painted, it just draws me in. The background splatter is a fantastic touch without being distracting of the focal point. Thanks for playing along with Global Design Project.

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    Connie Collins
    December 3, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Sara, I love the hand-painted look of your poinsettia. Your project is wonderful. Thanks for joining us this week at Global Design Project.

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    Cheryll Miller
    December 2, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Superb example of Reason for the Season set Sara! Love it!

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    Paula Dobson
    December 2, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    What an absolute stunning gift card Sara! Your water colouring is just perfect and the soft poinsettia looks fabulous against the rough texture of the burlap. The recipients are very lucky! Thanks for playing with us at Global Design Project.

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