Sunday, December 13, 2020

Watercolor Doodled Christmas Card

More Christmas cards?! Yes, in fact these were mailed today! I played with 2 challenges. The first is with the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. The challenge is to pick any challenge featured this year and I choose May 2020 Embossing:

The design of the cover card is based on the sketch challenge by Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch #404:
I was totally inspired by Catherine Côté from Montreal, Canada, aka Creationsceecee ( I follow CeeCee faithfully on You Tube: Her calm manner and approach to watercolor and mixed media is mesmerizing. She almost always uses gold in her watercolor designs often in a doodling manner.
Her recent You Tube was about small designs and gold doodling. If you have time to watch her is the link: \
So thank you, cee cee, for the inspiration! I started with a 3" X 6.25" Prima Watercolor Pad which I had received in a Mystery Box. It is a nice heavy cotton paper and took watercolor beautifully. I simply dropped red, green and gold from my Altenew 36 half pan set onto a thoroughly wet piece and let it flow.
I always let my watercolor air dry and usually wait overnight. Next, I doodled with this beautiful gold watercolor from Altenew's 14 pan Metallic set and one of my  favorite Silver Brush Black Velvet - size 8.
The leaves are cee cee's design, so she gets total credit. I added a few bit and bobs of my own. The panel was cut into 2. One card I made landscape and one portrait. Both have embossing - dry embossing folders and heat embossing sentiments.
This embossing folder is from my Stampin' Up! days, but I love it and the soft effect it gives in the background. Both card panels were mounted on black cardstock. The embossing folder from the landscape design is a Sunny Studio design called Dapper Diamonds. It gives a wonderful dimension.
The sentiments are from Taylored Expressions Simple Strips - Christmas and the Simple Strips Well Rounded Die for one and Simple Strip Die for the one with the flag ends. If you haven't checked these out, you're missing on one of the greatest time savers there is. One stamp pass and one die pass and you have many sentiments strips. They can be heat embossed or just plain stamped. The little squares on the sides line up and the strips come out perfectly every time!

There are very reasonably prices storage boxes with 2 layers, so that it holds all of the sentiments for each set and
labels so you can easily find the one you want. There are many different sets: Christmas, Birthday, Sympathy, Friendship, Cats, Dogs and smaller sets for holidays, too.
I use them on almost every card I make and can't say enough good things about them!
Here is a shot to show that beautiful gold watercolor from Altenew:
Well, that's my post for today and I wish you all Happy Holidays From Our House To Yours!
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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. Super cute card, Anita! I love your take on this weeks sketch. Thanks for joining the Paper Craft Crew this week!



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