Thursday, November 5, 2020

Simple Watercolored Christmas Card & A Sale

Hello my friends! Today I wanted to share a card I am submitting for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge#400. This is a tic-tac-toe challenge and I am going to choose the three diagonal blocks: Favorite Colors (Greens & Teals), Seasonal (Christmas) and Natural Element (Trees).
And, once again, I am submitting to NBUS, too! Don't you just love to use items from your stash?
The process itself is a very simple. It begins with a 5" X 6" (cut from a 9" X 12" piece) piece of Arteza Expert WaterColor Paper taped to a hard board with Yellow Frog Tape. For the paints, I used Kuretake - Gansai Tambi paints. They are vibrant, creamy paints which can be very opaque for watercolor.
To prep the dry watercolor pans of paint, a few drops of water are dropped in with a pipette or you could use a dropper. Next, I simply wet the entire piece using a 1" paint brush and clean water. To paint the background I did a horizontal stroke with Teals, Greens and Black blending them where they meet. While still wet, I tipped the hard board different ways so the the colors would run dark into light.
I felt that the middle value of greens look like trees and the jade area seemed to have clouds. That is the beauty of watercolor - just let is flow and see what you get! Once total dry, I cut with one of my Kat Scrappiness Rectangle Dies. If you want a really good basic set of rectangle dies, at a very reasonable price, these are perfect. The smallest die does a great job on sentiments and with any 2 you can easily create any size frame you wish.
Before heat embossing the sentiment, I sprinkled embossing powder over the panel to be sure it was dry. It was, but it was a little warped. So here is a trick I heard about lately (Jennifer McGuire?) and it worked perfectly. 

I have had a laminator in my stash for a long time and never used it-NBUS! It is a Heidi Swapp Minc Machine used for foiling. But the cool thing is - you can put your warped card panel in the carrier sheet (or between a folded sheet of copy paper) and run it through the machine. I set it to a heat setting of "3". It's like ironing the panel and straightens it out perfectly!
Then I white heat embossed a wonderful sentiment, Peace On Earth, from a Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) set called It's Cold Outside. To be honest, I bought this set just because I loved the font, but the little characters are so cute, too, I am looking forward to coloring them. Just look at that sweet little deer!

Spellbinders/FSJ is offering a good sale now through Nov. 8, 2020:
To finish, I popped up the watercolor panel with foam tape onto a card base of Neenah 100lb. Classic Crest Cardstock.

That's it. I stamped the Merry Christmas from the same set inside with Altenew Obsidian Black Ink and called it a day. No glitter, no glaze, no splatter and no embellishment of any kind and I love it!

If you haven't tried watercolor, give this a try. Use YOUR favorite colors, tip the board and see what wonderful results you'll get. Thank you to the Paper Craft Crew and NBUS for these fun, creative challenges.
*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

Hello, welcome to Stampin With Anita. I love crafting in all forms. It gives me great joy to create something special. I hope you enjoy your visit.


  1. I LOVE your take on this challenge! I totally adore watercoloring too! Thanks for joining the Paper Craft Crew this week!

  2. This is stunning!!! I love the effect you achieved with these watercolor paints. (Those are my favorite paints to use!!) Thank you for joining the Paper Craft Crew this week!

  3. Thank you, Kim! They are nice and creamy watercolors!

  4. Gorgeous watercolored panel, Anita - just love the blended greens!!



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