Hi Crafty Friends,
Today’s post features a beautiful vintage-y feeling stamp and die set from Concord & 9th, Christmas Florals. It is elegantly composed and lends itself to coloring in many different ways. I chose to use the new Papertrey Ink’s ink cubes for my watercolors. There are so many awesome colors and many have that vintage-y feel, making it a perfect fit.
The main stamp in the set offers a complete ‘scene’, so to speak. So, I lightly stamped it onto a piece of hot-pressed watercolor paper using Antique Linen distress ink. Then, to begin water coloring, I smooched these inks onto an Art Impressions watercolor palette: Americana, Autumn Rose, Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush and Summer Sunrise for the centers and the small berries. The leaves were colored with Green Parakeet, Ripe Avocado and a dash of Pinefeather and for the pine boughs, I used Pinefeather and a tiny bit of Ripe Avocado. To finish the floral parts, I used Amethyst Allure, Autumn Rose and Sweet Blush for the larger berries.
The only things left to color were the C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S and the thin frame line on two sides. I used the gorgeous Finetec Pearl colors (see supply list), gold for the letters and green for the sides.
By the way, since there were many detail areas, I used a small Black Silver brush for all of it. Once the coloring was finished and dry, I cut out the watercolored flowers and sentiment with the larger die included in the die set. It does a fabulous job of an outline cut.
Now that the main ‘attraction’ was done, I cut a slightly larger panel of cream card stock, prepped it with anti-static powder and stamped it several times around the perimeter with the single poinsettia flower stamp included in the stamp set with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with WOW! Vanilla White embossing powder.
To finish the card, I made an Evergreen A2 card base and mounted the newly made embossed cream panel. I then mounted the poinsettia panel on top with some foam tape. The final step was to cut out ‘merry’ with a scrap of pink cardstock then ombre color it with Copic markers. I used R35 on top, R29 in the middle and R89 for the bottom of the letters. It was then added to the card.
And VIOLA! A beautiful vintage-y Christmas card is done! ❤