Watercolouring Stamped Images for Christmas Cards

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I think Christmas cards are my favourite to make.  This year I have loved using the North Pole Pals stamp set to create lots of fun and playful cards.  On this card I mixed Avery Elle stamps with Lawn Fawn dies.  All the supplies I used are listed and linked to the shop at the end of this post.  If you are interested in creating cards with this ink blending technique, we are planning monthly card making classes.  If you leave a comment we will email more information.


Stamping & Colouring

I stamped Santa and a reindeer from the North Pole Pals stamp set with archival ink on watercolour card. Smooshing some distress ink onto an Avery Elle storage pocket with white card inside to create a palette. With Candied Apple I coloured Santa’s suit and watered down Spun Sugar for his face. With memento black ink for the grey shadow areas on his hat, beard and cuffs.


I used Pumice Stone and Ground Espresso for the reindeer, Mustard Seed for his collar and Candied Apple for his red nose. Leaving this to completely dry, then used the same colours to add some shading to both images.



Once they were dry I die cut them out with the co-ordinating North Pole Pals dies. I added clear wink of stella to Santa’s hat, beard, reindeer’s nose and collar. I added some glossy accents to the white parts of Santa’s hat and his moustache. A little glossy accents to Rudolph’s red nose. Then added some black glaze pen to the eyes on both images and buttons on Santa’s suit.


Making The Scene

For the scene, I die cut the large cross stitched rectangle die five times from watercolour card. From one piece I die cut a stitched mountain border die, I also die cut four snow caps. Another piece I die cut the Forest Border die, and die cut two stitched hillside borders from another two pieces.



Inking The Scene

I used Distress ink to add colour to my scene. On the background panel I used Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet. On the mountains, I used Pumice Stone. For the forest I used Pine Needles, and for the grassy hillside I used Shabby Shutters and a small amount of Pine Needles.



For the front snowbank panel, I stamped the sentiment ‘Happy Christmas’ in black Archival ink. On the distress inked panels, I spritzed some water droplets using the distress sprayer. I let the water sit for 20-30 seconds and blotted all the panels with a paper towel.


Finishing The Card

I adhered all the panels onto a 14x11cm side folding card base. The front snowbank is the only layer adhered with foam tape. I placed Santa behind this layer and Rudolph on the front snowbank, placing foam tape behind the parts of the reindeer that would be over the grass panel.


The supplies I used to create this card are listed and linked to the shop below:


Avery Elle – North Pole Pals Stamp and co-ordinating North Pole Pals die


Ranger – Archival Ink,

Watercolour paper,

Distress Ink Candied Apple, Spun Sugar, Ground Espresso, Mustard Seed, Blueprint SketchPumice Stone, Wilted Violet, Pine Needles, Shabby Shutters

Distress Sprayer,

Foam Tape,

Glossy Accents,

Ink Blending Tool,

Craft Sheet.


Lawn Fawn – Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Die,

Stitched Mountain Border Die,

Forest Border Die

Acrylic Block


Tsukineko – Memento Black Ink


Bazzill – Marshmallow Card


Stix 2 – Tape Runner


Zig – Wink of Stella

Black Glaze Pen




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