Thursday, December 6, 2018

Artsy Christmas Cards with Matching Envelopes

I love artsy looking cards that are quick to create. The two cards below were VERY quick, thanks to my Stamparatus. All products Stampin' Up! 

I did exactly the same thing to make both cards, just used different colors of ink for each one. 

I used Granny Apple Green Stampin' Pad for the one above and Gorgeous Grape for the one below. I stamped the tree & foliage from the Sheltering Tree stamp set with Versamark and embossed it with White Stampin' Emboss Powder on to a watercolor panel. After I made the envelope with matching  cardstock, I embossed just the tree on the envelope. I did the "ink smooshing" technique on the watercolor paper after I embossed the tree & foliage image. I use a large (gallon size) zip lock bag for this. I just lay it on my counter, tap the ink pad on it and spritz with water. Then I just tap, smoosh or swipe the watercolor paper face down to pick up the ink. Either let it dry naturally or dry with your heat tool on the low setting. The heat embossed area resists the watercolor. 

Using the Stamparatus, I lined up the sentiment from the Merry Christmas To All stamp set and stamped it using Jet Black Stazon Black Ink on to each panel. The cool thing about Stazon is that you can stamp it on top of an embossed image and it will dry since it is an alcohol based, permanent ink.  For the last step, I adhered the watercolor panels to folded Whisper White Thick cardstock. 

The things I love the most about these cards? The design is actually pretty simple, just doesn't look like it is with the watercolor added. I also think the matching envelopes really make these cards stand out.

You can make this too! (If you are reading this in an email, click on over to my blog post to see supplies.)

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