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We’ve got a pretty inspiration photo for you this week at Christmas Card Challenges!
I decided to focus on the ombre wash of colors from the inspiration photo and added a little sparkle to my Christmas tree!
I also experimented with Bee Paper for the first time and was pleasantly surprised with the results. I saw a recent post by Ruby comparing and contrasting different watercolor papers and decided to pull out the Bee Paper that I’ve owned for almost a year and never touched (#crafthoarder…I know). I was pleased with how much water it held for a background wash but I’d highly recommend using A LOT of strong adhesive because this paper curls like crazy as it dries! I smooshed Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, and Wilted Violet distress ink onto an acrylic block and spritzed it once with water. Then I used a wet paintbrush to paint it onto my background. I applied a first layer, let it air-dry until it was still slightly damp but not dripping wet, and then added a second layer of color. I let that air-dry for several hours and then stamped the tree from Winnie and Walter onto the watercolored panel with versamark. I heat-embossed it with white embossing powder and then inked it again with versamark. I used my MISTI to make sure that the tree was perfectly aligned each time. The second time I heat-embossed it with snowflake tinsel embossing glitter so that it would really sparkle. I also flicked on a little watered down picket fence distress ink to create a snowy sky.
I like that the snowflake tinsel embossing glitter has tiny pieces of silver glitter as well as large holographic pieces of glitter for extra shimmer and shine! Finally I adhered the watercolor panel to a plum-colored card base, stamped and heat-embossed a sentiment from Newton’s Nook onto white cardstock and die-cut it with a fishtail banner die. I used foam mounting tape to adhere the sentiment to my card for a little dimension.
And now it’s your turn to get crafty! We provide an inspiration palette or photo each week but really, the only rule is that you create a holiday card! For even more inspiration, check out what the rest of the Christmas Card Challenges design team has created!
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Hey Jess, oh so glittery! I think your card should be the inspiration photo. I love this card, I have the stamp set but I’m going to have to get the embossing powder. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.
Susan Powell says
I love the background on your card – it’s perfect Jessica!
Celeste Goff says
What a beautiful card Jess! I would never think to use purple on a Christmas card but this totally works!
So gorgeous. ???
Hi Jess, This is so Christmassy . Love the back ground and tree.
That background is awesome! Such a gorgeous card, and I love the purple!
Love your background and the tinsel was such a great touch!