Hi Sharon here sharing some Christmas joy in July! Yes we are in the midst of a heatwave but I’ve got the Christmas stamps out! The main content of my card used Modern Christmas Watercolors Stamp Set.

I started the card by stamping the pine branch onto watercolor cardstock using Iced spruce. This gave me a patterned background for my design.

The distress ink gave this a watercolor effect without me having to add water. Using the same cardstock I stamped the wreath from the set using British Racing Green Ink.

These stamps have a watercolor feel to them however I wanted to take this one stage further. So using a paint brush and water I pulled the ink out of the outlined leaves which colored them a lighter color.

I wanted this to stand up off the card but still have a wreath feel to it so using scissors I fussy cut both the edge and the inside of it. Fussy cutting is not my favorite thing to do but this image is easy to cut around.

As all the images are shades of green so another introducing another color balances the design. It’s a Christmas card so red is the obvious choice.

An A7 card base fits the wreath perfectly so I cut a mat 1/8in smaller than this and my stamped card was 1/4in smaller than my base so you can see the layers

Now the card requires a sentiment. Merry Christmas from the Easy Winter Watercolor Scenes stamp set is perfect.

After prepping my cardstock with an Anti-Static Pad I stamped the sentiment with Clear Embossing Glue Ink and then heat embossed Meteor Shower Embossing Powder on to it. This powder Is white but has a sparkle to it – perfect for Christmas cards. I fussy cut around the letter ready for my card.

The wreath and sentiment adhered to the card using Foam Squares to give dimension.

The design needs to be more balanced. Using Maker Magic No Show Glue I added Roller Skate Crown Jewel Gems. These are a bright red so just look like berries on the wreath. I also tied a small red ribbon bow for the top of the wreath.

The Maker’s Magic Glue Rings and Micro Applicator Brushes make adding tiny dots of glue easy to do.

Thank you for taking time to ready my post, I hope you enjoyed it and have inspiration for your next card!