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Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Card

Ready for a simple two step stamping Christmas card?  One notecard, one stamp set, three colours. 

And if you want to really be fancy, add three rhinestones. 😄

Elegant & OH SO Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards

My 2018 Christmas set of the year has got to be Stylish Christmas.  For quick and gorgeous stamping, it can’t be beat.  I especially  loved it on this embossed vellum design.  Not only are the poinsettia and leaves pretty, the greetings can take centre stage like on this plaid card.  

You know it’s Keep It Simple Sunday right?  So that means super duper easy!  YOU can do this!  In about 5 minutes.  Or less!  (I’m really not pulling your leg!) 

 

A Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Card

 

Cuttin’ It Up

  • Whisper White notecard – 1 including the envelope

That’s IT!!  WOW! 

Let’s Make It

Why Not Try Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards?

  1. Stamp poinsettia in Fresh Fig ink on right hand side of the notecard.  TIP: Leave notecard lying flat to stamp.  TIP: Don’t go off the edge.  Leave a little space around the flower.
  2. Next stamp leaves two or three times to the right of poinsettia in Pear Pizzazz ink.
  3. Then stamp swirl to left of flower in Smoky Slate ink.  TIP: It’s OK if you get some swirl on the poinsettia!
  4. Lastly, stamp the words on the bottom right in Smoky Slate ink.

TIP:  I stamped the swirl again on the left side of the envelope to dress it up a tad too.

Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards

Now if you want to jazz this same card up just a tad, take a look at this version.

What's not to LOVE about Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards?

Same colours, same stamp.  Can you spot the differences?

  • a swirl the same colour as my poinsettia
  • larger piece of Whisper White cardstock
  • coloured layers  (three of ‘em)
  • three Sheer Fig ribbons wrapped side-by-side on the left
  • a fancy Petal Pink rhinestone gem

Grab your supplies now!  There’s still time to have the little UPS truck zip to your house with a fun delivery so you can make these for the holidays.

Are you a minimalist or do you like something a bit fussier?  Leave me a comment.  Which of these two cards appeals to you more?

QUICK & SIMPLE Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards

I LOVE Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards!

If you prefer simple styles, you might like these other designs.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Make sure to check back as I post easily duplicatable designs every Sunday.  Ones that don’t look simple at all. 

So you can WOW your friends with a simple two step stamping Christmas card they will marvel at and still have time for eggnog and fruitcake this holiday!

Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Beginners

Simple watercolour pencil techniques for beginners?  Absolutely!  With scrumptious results that don’t look beginner AT ALL with my great tips!   

Pretty cards like this are just a quick read away.

Quick & Easy watercolor pencil techniques for beginners

Easy, understated, yet bold and classy at the same time.  Not to mention, so quick to make yourself with my tips and technique below.

And this design is ideal with the beautiful mixed font in the Illuminated Christmas stamp set.  Let’s take a closer look at the card.

Oh so PRETTY watercolor pencil techniques for beginners

Isn’t that sheen gorgeous?  And how about that simple single pink diamond at the bottom?

So what’s one of the greatest things about using watercolour pencils?  You get tons of colours (and colour options) in one little package.  And be sure to check out my “You Gotta Have ‘Em” blog post for my Top Ten Reasons I LUVH water-colour pencils. 

Plus you only really need three supplies:

  1. your pencils
  2. an Aquapainter and
  3. some paper.

So what colour pencils did I use for this Illuminated Christmas card? 

From top to bottom, they are Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry and Real Red.  Set against the crisp white, they’re a unique combination for the holidays.

FABULOUS watercolor pencil techniques for beginners

I’ve put my BEST tips together whether you’re just starting out or an old pro. So let’s dive in.

 

Simple Watercolor Pencil Techniques for Beginners

 

  • Use good quality paper.  Watercolour paper is your best bet for achieving the blended and translucent, “water-y” look.
  • Stamp your message in Jet Black StazOn ink (or the old Archival Basic Black if you have photopolymer stamps) for the best permanent staying power.
  • Lightly colour pencils in graduated colours.  I like to start with my lightest and move into my darkest for the best effect.
  • Press lightly rather than heavily to avoid leaving marks in the paper.
  • Use a swirling motion to colour so you avoid strong lines of colour.
  • Gently overlap colours where one meets another.  Not only will you create a totally new colour, it will seamlessly blend into the next one.
  • Ensure your AquaPainter has a clean tip (wipe it on a piece of paper towel first) and a good amount of water. (Squeeze out more water into the reservoir to start.)
  • Lightly brush plain water over top of water-colour pencils, starting with the lightest colour and moving through to darkest.  Your colours will blend as you move from one to another which is great.
  • If you want to go back to a lighter colour and add more water, clean your brush first.  (Squeeze out more water until it runs clear. then use it)
  • Let your piece dry completely.  (Although you can use a heat tool to quicken this up, I choose to let my pieces air dry.  You won’t get harsh dry lines if you allow it to dry naturally.)

 

Oh SO SIMPLE watercolor pencil techniques for beginners

I also decided to add lots of glimmer with my Wink of Stella directly over top of my watercolour background.  Once again, I let this dry completely before adhering my Petal Pink gemstone at the bottom.

I also chose to cut my piece with very little white space on each side so the colour jumps off the page.

Other Card Details

I picked out one colour from the four watercolour pencils I used to make a thin matting for my watercoloured piece.  Rich Razzleberry was my choice.

Then I framed it with a piece of Silver Foil paper to pick up the shine of the Wink of Stella.

Next I used foam adhesive strips to mount and add some height and “solidity” (is that a word😊?) to my piece.

The pretty Tufted embossed background on a piece of regular Whisper White is the last framed panel.  This is directly adhered onto my thick Whisper White card base.

Don’t forget about your inside.  I made a second small strip with the same colours and adhered it inside to pull the card together.

quick and easy watercolor pencil techniques for beginners

So have you pulled out your set of watercolour pencils?  Better go grab them, along with your Aquapainter and water-colour paper and get started! 

Play with all the colours! See how many different backgrounds you can make with simple watercolour pencil techniques for beginners.  Need some supplies or want to pick up these awesome tools?  I’ve got all the supplies here for you. 

Psssst!  Make sure you put in my October host code VWQ3RYAN so I can send you the lovely Swirls & Curls embossing folder FREE in November.

Learn watercolor pencil techniques for beginners

Stay tuned, I have another card coming soon I also made with my watercolour pencils. 

It shows a slightly different technique with a toe-tally different look.  But still what I would consider simple watercolour pencil techniques for beginners.

Happy World Card Making Day 2018

Happy World Card Making Day 2018

Yessirree!  It’s OUR day!  A day set aside just for us paper crafters!

Today, we get a free pass.

  • No laundry.
  • No dishes.
  • And don’t even think about cleaning the house!

Just grab your paper, stamps & inks and my FREE pdf photo tutorial.  Then get crafting with this quick and simple card.

FREE pdf for World Card Making Day 2018

A cheerful card using some of my favourite tools.

  • Punch?  ✔️
  • Big Shot and thinlit?  ✔️
  • Ribbon?  ✔️

I’ve been having fun with the Stitched Label thinlits.  So pretty and easy to cut with your Big Shot and Precision Base Plate.  Plus get more looks by using the positive shape (like I did with this fun card) or the negative space like on this laser cut one.

And that happy swoosh of ombre ribbon?  My pdf shows you a quick TIP for getting to stay perfectly in place.

Get all the supplies, measurements and photo steps for this Calypso Coral card.

I LOVE World Card Making Day 2018

 

If coral’s not your thing, what about this version in Lemon-Lime Twist?

 

Quick and Easy Card to make for World Card Making Day 2018

 

Or if you have time, why not get your World Card Making Day 2018 off to a great start with this stepped-up version?

 

FREE pdf photo tutorial for World Card Making Day 2018

World Card Making Day ideas

And be sure to check out my card from last year.  I’ve got all the steps in my blog post to make it too.

So that’s FOUR cards you can be creating today!  YAY!  And I bet you’ll JUST be getting started!

Plus if you’re needing some new kits, notecards, stamps or adhesives, don’t forget about the World Card Making Day 2018 sale from Stampin’ Up!

 

 

World Card Making Day 2018

Did you claim your FREE pdf photo tutorial yet?

Grab it and have some fun with YOUR day!  Your happy World Card Making Day 2018 will be gone quickly – and you’ll have to wait another 364 days for it to come ’round again!

 

 

 

 

World Card Making Day 2018 Deals

World Card Making Day 2018 deals are here – but only until October 7th!  So you won’t want to put off getting in on some of the discounted items to make your card making fast and fun!

Did you know there’s a day set aside internationally just for us card makers?  Yup! And it’s this Saturday, October 7th.

And in honour of this super day, Stampin’ Up! has some deals for you!  Selected adhesives, papers, kits, stamp sets…everything you need to get crafting now!  Here’s the complete list.

If you want to get in on the deals, the best way is to place an online order with me.  Shipped directly to your doorstep in about a week, you’ll be getting creative in no time flat!

And if your order comes to $75 (before shipping and GST), and you use hostess code VWQ3RYAN, you’ll automatically get my October Bonus Gift sent to you at the beginning of November.  I’ll mail it to you anywhere in Canada, absolutely FREE!

Simply click on any image below to order or see a larger view!

Shop World Card Making Deals Now!

how to match embossing folders and framelits

So what have you got planned for this coming Saturday?  Why not stop back here and get an exclusive pdf for a fun card you can create yourself?

And in the meantime don’t forget the World Card Making 2018 deals won’t be around forever – take advantage of them now!

The Joy of Receiving a Card

Have you recently experienced the joy of receiving a card?  Today I want to share with you one I received for my birthday from my friend Pat which made my day.

it's fun to share the joy of receiving a card

While I’m sure you’ll agree Pat’s card is beautiful, I’m not exactly sure what it was about that particular day I received it in the mail that made it extra special. 

I remember picking up the mail and ripping the envelope open before I even made it home!  (Do you do that too?)

It arrived a couple days after my birthday celebrations so it was a little unexpected maybe.  But I don’t remember feeling unwell or down in the dumps.  My hubby and I weren’t on the outs (which hardly ever happens anyway 😚),  I hadn’t just received any bad news.   My computer was working without any techy glitches 😋.

I think it’s just the fact she had taken the time to craft me a handmade card which made me feel special.  And I know she had also considered how I would really appreciate receiving one with this lovely Springtime Impressions die, a new item in the catalogue.

why not share the joy of receiving a card

And that made me think about how we say we’re too busy to get into our craft rooms.  And just why it’s important for us to carve out some time to do just that.  Not just for ourselves, but for others.

The Joy of Receiving a Card

You know, I’m very lucky.  I have lots of family and friends who take the time to send me cards. Many of them are handmade and all of them are beautiful.  Some come on special occasions like Pat’s did, and some come just from out of the blue.  

No matter when, how or why, every single time I receive a card, I get a little lift.  And I’ll bet the same thing happens when your friends and family get one from you.  After all, in our digital world, isn’t it great to receive a piece of mail that isn’t a bill?

share the joy of receiving a card

 

What do you think some of the joy of receiving a card is?

 

  • I’ll bet they smile as soon as they see your writing (and stamping) on the envelope.
  • Maybe they take extra care to open the flap so they can display the undamaged envelope on the mantle too.
  • They might laugh or gasp or ooooh or aaaah when they see your carefully chosen design.
  • Depending on the reason you sent the card, perhaps they wipe away a tear or two.
  • And they might immediately phone or text you to thank you for taking the time to think of them.

But the joy isn’t just for your card recipient.  Think of all the benefits you receive when you design and send a handmade card to someone special.

  • The fun you have picking out stamp sets, colours and papers with them in mind.
  • How you lose yourself in the creative design process and time just flies.
  • Your anticipation of their reaction when they see a pretty envelope in the mail and open the flap.
  • The warm-your-heart feeling you experience when they share your card with others.
  • The little glow you feel when they connect with you and share a quick – or long – thank you or catch-up conversation.

In the words of the Mastercard commercial, that’s priceless.

Time to get creative

Even if your stamps and paper are buried under mounds of other “stuff”, run to your nearest card store and find a greeting perfect for someone who might need a little lift.

And if your supplies aren’t buried, check out this other Springtime Impressions butterfly card or this make-it-in 5 patterned paper design for some fast and fun inspiration.

give someone the joy of receiving a card

In our busy lives, we often are too focused on the next thing we HAVE TO DO.  Sadly, our HAVE TO DO’s usually don’t include making  (or buying) and sending a card to a loved one. 

Why not take a few minutes today to get out your stamps and paper, craft some simple cards and get them into the mail?  (Re) connect with your buddies.  Let your friends and family experience the joy of receiving a card – at the same time you get the awesome benefits of sending a card.

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