Christmas watercolouring cards on textured card by Jeni

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Hi, how are getting on with your Christmas card making? I seem to be taking my time and hope I don’t have to rush to get enough made.  I wanted to do some loose watercolouring over heat embossing and chose to use a heavy watercolour card. Both my stamped panels are 3.5 x 5.5″ and made from Canson XL watercolour card.


The Caroling Sentiments stamp set by Catherine Pooler has shaped sentiment stamps.  I chose this stamp set as the designs would be easy to paint in the basic shape (bauble, tree, snowman…). The challenge over at the Paper Tree Tribe is Christmas themed.  We’d love to see the cards that you make with Catherine Pooler products.  Watch the video on YouTube here or read on for the written tutorial.



Stamping onto watercolour card

First I stamped the images onto the textured watercolour card with embossing ink.  I should have used a stamping tool so I could double stamp and get ink into the tooth of the paper. But I use an acrylic block instead and just go with the rustic look. (I am tempted to call this post “When heat embossing goes wrong”)


The tree is embossed with Alabaster embossing powder. I use a wash of watered down Mint To Be ink colour over the whole background, including the tree.  Leaving the edges uneven to add to the rustic look.  When this is dry, I use Deck The Halls to paint the tree shape, including the tree stump and the star.


Matching card base

I prefer my card base and card panels to match (in colour and texture) especially when part of the card base will be seen.  From the same watercolour card, I make two A2 sized card bases.


On one card base, I do a loose wash of watered down Deck The Halls ink colour.  Only a small border each side of the panel will be seen and the colour is very light. (You can just about see it in the photo above).



Heat embossing

I use Sterling embossing powder for the bauble and once the embossing powder has cooled use Cranberry Fizz for the loose colouring.  Starting with watered-down colour and moving the paintbrush in long strokes across the card to create a soft background.  Then use more concentrated ink colour to paint in the shape of the bauble.


Add foiling

To add some interest both sides of the watercoloured panel, I place wide double-sided adhesive tape to be peeking out and cover with Minc foil.  In the video, I randomly push areas of the foil to the tape, then cover with the rest of the tape with silver foil.



I felt this gave me too much pink (!!!) so I cover with some more adhesive tape and cover the whole piece with silver foil. Lightly rubbing down, but not pushing down to cover every piece of tape adhesive.  Then use the pink foil to cover the rest of the adhesive, and fill in the gaps.


Finishing the cards

I adhere both the panels to the card bases with strong scor tape to make sure they are secure and will hold up in the post. Finally, adding some sequins from the Christmas Cove sequin mix.


Don’t forget to share your makes with us over at the Paper Tree Tribe group (and enter the card making challenge for November/December).  The products I use are linked in the tutorial above (clicking on any underlined word will take you to the product) but find all the card and ink here and the basic craft supplies here.


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