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Holiday Cards – Soft & Subtle

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Hi all,

We’re in full swing of cards here on the blog and I wanted to share with you cards that I consider soft & subtle for the holiday season.

First, I have a watercolor card. I created the background using distress inks and ended up loving the painting so much that I created duplicates!WatercolorSentiment2

I heat embossed a snowflake design on some and left others with a simple sentiment. WatercolorSentiment1

Next, I went for a more classic theme. Here I have an illustrated image that I lightly colored using the same distress inks.Winterscape1

To add some shimmer and shine, I used a glitter brush on the roof of the church and on the trees. I tried to captuer this as best as possible in the photo. It looks so pretty in the light!


These cards were also created in bulk!


Sparkle, Shine and Watercolors

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Hi All,

Welcome to another day of easy card ideas. For today’s card I wanted to try my hands at watercoloring a background. I’m pretty new to the watercoloring world and recently received the Koi watercolor set as a Christmas gift. I thought it would be the perfect time to break it out and try some of those soft valentine type colors.

To create this card I used some Carson watercolor paper and saturated the entire front with some water. I then grabbed some paint colors and use quite a bit of water to get them activated and moving on the paper. I must admit it wasn’t looking all to great when wet, but as I hit it with my heat gun (to speed up the drying process) I really liked the softness it had.


Once I finished the background I stamped the circle and sentiment using a Simon Says Stamp set I received in my December kit. Love those kits! Lastly, I added a bit of shimmer using my wink of stella glitter pen & some sequins.


Hope you enjoyed and stay tuned for a new video post tomorrow featuring this technique and some quick valentine’s day cards ideas.