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 Reason for the Season watercolor card for Christmas.
Reason for the Season Watercolor
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.
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.
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.
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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