Hello everyone! Amy Rysavy here and I am very excited to be guest designing for WPlus9 today! I have to share with y'all that these are the first Holiday/Christmas cards I've made this season. I've been so focused on fall and Halloween cards that I've put off making anything winter/Christmas themed but I couldn't put it off any longer!
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I fell in LOVE with the WPlus9 Holiday 2016 Collection – so many fabulous holiday stamps and dies! I had a really hard time narrowing down what I was going to create for my post today. However the Holiday Houses stamp set was just begging to be used so I went with that and it's companion die set along with the new Be Merry Sentiments and 4-Bar Stitched Rectangles Dies.
I stamped all the images from the Holiday Houses stamp set onto hot press watercolor paper using Versamark ink and heat embossed them with Ranger's Super Fine Detail White embossing powder. Since I had lined up all the images onto my Mini Misti I was able to quickly stamp and emboss a second set of images and make 2 cards instead of just one.
I watercolored in all the images with my Mission Gold watercolors using a Silver Size 4 watercolor brush. Once they were dry I die cut them all using the coordinating die set and my Big Shot machine.
For the backgrounds of these cards I sponged several different Tim Holtz Distress Inks to create a sky that looks like it's glowing with lights from the houses while night is starting to fall. I spritzed the sponged backgrounds with my Distress Spray bottle to get the ink to react with the water, then when it was dry I flicked on a copious amount of Copic Opaque White paint (my FAVORITE) that I had thinned down just a bit with water. This created the "snowfall" on the background.
As a final touch after I'd assembled these cards I lightly dabbed on some Frosted Lace Stickles to the tops of all the houses and trees and along the snowdrifts. It just added some extra dimension without adding a ton of "sparkle" that I think would take away from the overall scene.
For those that aren't familiar with my cardmaking style – I ALWAYS have to finish the inside of my cards! They aren't done until the inside has something. For these cards I added the remaining watercolored houses and trees to the lower left of the inside, then stamped the sentiments from the Be Merry Sentiments stamp set and that was it!
Thank you all so much for joining me today here on the WPlus9 blog! I had so much fun creating these cards and I hope you all enjoyed seeing the process! - Amy Rysavy
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