Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Watercolored Christmas Card


Here's my card for the Tuesday Morning Sketch #262 with a twist of watercolor. This one took a while to put together, but I really had fun with it. The background was done on watercolor paper using watercolor crayons and pencils. I used a ruler, and drew in thick and thin lines in a plaid pattern, then used an aquabrush to soften them and gently spread the colors. After it dried, I embossed the panel with a Sizzix plaid embossing folder. The image panel was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder on watercolor paper. I colored it with Derwent watercolor pencils and an aquabrush. I used a fine black marker to define the windows and doors on the houses, and added liquid applique for the snow, and silver stickles for the chimney smoke and ground snow. The mat and holly leaves were made with snippets of glittered green cardstock and Heartfelt Creations Holly dies, while the banner on the SU! chocolate striped ribbon was made with vanilla glittered cardstock. The berries are frosted pearls from Pizzazz Aplenty, and the sentiment is retired SU! I know the colors are non-traditional but I'm happy with the finished look.

I'm also sharing this over at the Snippets Playground #137.

Wishing you a wonderful day, and thank you for stopping by!

Carol

24 comments:

Benzi said...

Ooh, the texture you achieved and love the image with all the snow. Liquid applique does a good job. Wonderful work on the background, too. Good going for this very pretty card, Carol.

Notes by Nina said...

Fabulous card Carol, I love how you created your background. Thank you for joining us for Tuesday Morning Sketches.

jimlynn said...

So much texture and so very pretty! Love the way your created that background for this - and also the liquid applique for the snow, etc. is wonderful So very lovely!
Lynn

Princess Judy Palmer said...

This is a gorgeous card. I love that you watercolored the background and then embossed it. It really gave it a special look. I love the non-traditional colors too. What a sweet Christmas scene you have here.

Cathymac said...

Gorgeous Christmas card, Carol! Love your watercolored background and all the fabulous texture! Every minute you spent on this card was well worth the effort! Hugs!

Hettie said...

This is lovely Carol. I do love the background and that embossing folder is perfect for it too.
Great job on this one.
Hugs
xx

Denise Price said...

I love how you made your own raised laid pattern!

scrAPpamondo said...

How cute is it!!! The snow looks very well and the texture with watercolour+airbrush+embossing is very nice!I Love your project!

Regina said...

Carol, your Christmas card is wonderful!
Regina

SARN said...

Brilliant detail in this lovely card. xxx

Brenda said...

Oh I am so loving this Christmas card Carol! That plaid background you did with the water pencils and water crayons turned out amazing. I love the non traditional colors. The embossing is fabulous, I love that cute village and how you did that too. The chocolate ribbon is awesome, love the chocolate colors in this one. Hugs, Brenda

nwilliams6 said...

Carol, the watercoloring and snow on this are fabulous. Wow - this looks like it took some time. Beautiful! Hugz!

Kris B said...

Gorgeous card Carol! Your plaid background looks wonderful! What a beautiful snowy village! Love the puffy snow and sweet little sentiment! Thanks for playing along with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches!

debby4000 said...

Oh this is gorgeous and so beautiful too.
luv
Debby

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Your card looks like marshmallow fluff! I love it! It makes you just want to touch it. This is a real treat for the senses.

aussie aNNie said...

Gorgeously created card and the colours are beautiful together. ♥aNNie


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Judith Taylor - Wright said...

Ah loving this Carol it is delcious loving the background hugs Judith x

JD/ Jill said...

Awesome card! I like how you created that background! Very creative! and I really like the soft colors...

scrappymo! said...

It looks great and I am drooling over your snow!

Di said...

Love this Carol! All that work paid off and the background you did is splendid! A super card indeed.

Hugs, Di xx

MaryH said...

Ver-RY nice. Lots of nifty techniques on this one. Love your crayon w/c background and the embossed effect. Great idea to color in the C/B embossing with the pencils too. I'm blown away by the liquid applique snow! Now that is just so well done, even down to the chimney smoke! Great card. TFS & Hugs

Melissa Craig said...

Oh my gosh Carol!! Wow!! This is stunning. The background is absolutely amazing, I can't believe you did that by hand. The texture on the focal panel is perfect. Fabulous card. My address is 1612... heehee. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Debbie said...

Wow! What a gorgeous watercolor background!! Your card is just beautiful!!
Thanks for playing this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!

Jessi Fogan said...

Oh, Carol, the non-traditional colours are perfect! I love the ribbon, the texture, the awesome puffy paint...the whole darn thing! Your card will be up on the TMS facebook page today: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tuesday-Morning-Sketches/165327566909261?ref=hl