Oct 14, 2009

A Very Merry Christmas Blog Hop

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Welcome to tonight's blog hop!

I have been anxious to share my water-coloring cards with you on my blog - so I'm excited that tonight is the night! I used the same basic technique on all three of my cards and decided to keep the cards themselves simple so the images take center stage.


Here's the inside of this card - it's same basic layout that I did with all my cards tonight ...


Here's a closer look at the water coloring on the inside...


The images are watercolored on GinaK's Ivory cardstock after being embossed with Versamark and Vanilla embossing powder. I used a variety of Stampin Up and Memento markers along with my Niji waterbrush to do the water coloring.


After I finished my first card, I wanted to see what it would look like to watercolor on GinaK's Soft Sand cardstock - so using all the same materials as the ivory card, I made this card. And, I LOVED the end result - it's kind of rustic, don't you think?


When I am making Christmas cards, it's all about elegance and simplicity because of the mass amount of cards I need to make, So, rather than focusing on a ton of embellishments or layers, I find myself drawn to embossing & glitter (like this DCWV glitter paper) to make a statement without all the fuss.


I couldn't stop with those cards because I was having too much fun water coloring - so I made this little 4 1/2" square card...


As you can see from my cards tonight - Theresa's images are so beautiful they don't really need any other embellishments because they are so pretty on their own! But, you know me - I can't really do clean and simple very well... so, I pulled out some ribbons, gold brads, and some ivory sateen flowers to help my cards not appear naked to me! lol!



For even more ideas with Theresa Momber's A Very Merry Christmas stamp set, visit her blog link below as well as the GinaK Idea Center here: A Very Merry Christmas. Theresa's tip sheet has been added to the Idea Center as a PDF so you can print out her tips and suggestions for a handy reference tool. We've also included her Copic coloring links for the cards she's shared on her blog so far this month too.
Both Theresa and Gina will be giving away a free A Very Merry Christmas stamp set on their blogs - so be sure to leave your comment on their sites for a chance to win!

Here's all the Designer's Blog Links to check out tonight:

September's Center Stage Spotlight Team:


and finally, Theresa's Guest Designers for A Very Merry Christmas:

Selma Stevenson
Sharri Seffens
Geri Utterback
Brenda Turner
Have a wonderful night - thanks for stopping by my blog!
Jessica


Card Details


Stamps:
A Very Merry Christmas
Cardstock: GinaK Soft Sand, Ivory, Chocolate Kiss; Die Cuts with a View Christmas glitter mat stack

Ink:
Vivid Tuscan Tan & Taupe (for shading); Versamark

Other:
SU Vanilla embossing powder; GinaK gold brads & gold cording; SU choc satin ribbon; Nestabilities: long rectangle and Labels 8; GinaK Sateen flowers; SU & Memento Markers; Niji waterbrush; sponge dauber


24 comments:

Janice M said...

Great cards Jessica!! I really like the "rustic" looking one!

catdidit said...

all of these are amazing Jess, but really love that one on the soft sand too!

Carolyn King said...

Gorgeous Jessica---love em all , esp the tree cards---that tree is so pretty!

Theresa Momber said...

Wow! Jess, these are so stunning and elegant with the vanilla embossing! Fabulous coloring!

Payne Holler Cards said...

beautiful watercoloring! something I love but havent done in awhile!
the inside of your cards are even beautiful!!! will be back to look again...off to keep hoppin' :))

Lori said...

I'm blown away Jessica, they are all stunning!!!!

redwasher1 said...

What everyone above said!! Absolutely beautiful!

Brenda Benoit said...

stunning design,love them all.Love the flowers on inside of cards..

Tinker and JingeBear's Mom said...

Oh WOW! I want to go try this right now! Unfortunately, it will have to wait until tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration - I love them all!
~ky

Sharri Seffens said...

Jess, all three are beautiful! I love the images watercolored!

Giovana said...

Jess, all your cards are amazing!! Really pretty.
God bless
Giovana

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Of course.....gorgeousness to the max!!!! And oh wow! The white embossing of the tree is just soooo amazing!!!

NinaB said...

Oh, I love the softness of your images. So delicate and beautiful, Jess.

JessicaK said...

Beautiful! And I haven't seen that image very much yet, so I love how rich and full it looks. I'm trying out my watercoloring and you've got some fab examples.

JazzyH said...

Very pretty!

Donna said...

Stunning cards. The inside is just as pretty as the outside! I wish I would do more with the insides of my cards but by the time I get the outside done it's time to do something else. One of these days. But you've done an amazing job!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Your cards are absolutely gorgeous, Jessica! Beautifully designed, inside and out!

Kay S said...

Such pretty cards, Jessica! I really love the one that you called "rustic" -- that paper is gorgeous.

joy said...

All your cards are dynamite! the one done with the Soft Sand takes the cake! Stunning!

Melanie said...

beautiful Jess! esp love how you did the flourishe on the inside!

Brenda said...

Gorgeous card Jessica!! I love the look that using vanilla embossing powder gives. so very pretty.

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

You are amazing; these are all so very gorgeous!

Donna said...

WOW!! I LOVE this technique on these images, how wonderful - I'm so glad you shared it! each card is just a masterpiece

kerianne said...

These cards have made me speechless...there are no words to describe how awesome they are!!

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