Thursday, July 24, 2014

Watercolor Christmas

Hello crafty friends,

Today I'm showcasing the Delicate Deer Whispers and the Delicate Tree Whispers dies.  These two dies work so well together that it would have been a shame not to combine them :)

This card is actually very easy to recreate.  I die cut the Delicate Deer Whispers out of glitter brown card stock and the Delicate Tree Whispers out of green card stock.  I set them aside while I worked on my card base layers.

The first layer is simply a piece of pattern paper trimmed to give me an 1/8th of an inch white border on the card.  The second or top layer is a white piece of card stock on which I tried out a new (to me) watercolor technique I saw posted on the Scrapyland blog a few days ago.

I started w/a Cuttlebug embossing folder and a few Distress markers (fired brick, spiced marmalade, peeled paint, dusty concord and faded jeans).   Here are some process pictures:

I wanted each section of the embossed image to be a different color therefore, using the embossing folder as a guide, I drew pencil lines for the different sections.  

I placed my clear stamp block over my piece of card stock.  I colored each section w/a different ink color and sprayed the whole thing with water when I was done coloring. The color pooled on the clear stamp block, which is what I wanted.

Next... I turned over the clear stamp block, being mindful of the now wet inks and pressed it onto my white piece of card stock.

Here's what I got then I lifted my stamp block off. I have to admit that I didn't get the Christmas-y colors I was going for, but overall, I liked the results, so I rolled with it :)

As a side note... the clear stamp block had enough ink on it left to get a second coat onto another piece of paper.  I used watercolor paper for the second inking, but plain card stock for the first.  I set this piece aside to dry, because it was very wet.

Once dry, I embossed the paper, placed all my elements on the card and voila!

Notice that the colors soften quite a bit once they dried.  I really LOVE this look and I will definitely try it again.

Until next time


  1. Great card Mary!! I love that deer die and the watercolor background embossed paper is awesome!!

    1. Thanks Lori, it was a fun technique to try out.

  2. Your card turned out amazing, Mary! I love this!!! Will have to dig out my Fiskars board and give it a try. BEAUTIFUL showcasing of the new Die-Versions dies!!! Hugs...

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous, Mary!! The watercolor background looks amazing!! I love the embossing and those fabulous dies you used!! Awesome card!!

  4. Love the look of the embossed piece. Will have to try that.