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Decorate Your Holidays


Hello Crafters!

Happy Monday to you! I’m so excited to kick off your week with a little watercoloring!!

Last week the super talented Dawn posted a video showing how she watercolored some Christmas ornaments. Her ornaments are nothing short of spectacular and tons of people have been CASEing her card. I couldn’t help but give it a try too 🙂 I also created my background using another technique I learned from Dawn. That video is here. I new the Hero Arts set Decorate Your holidays would be perfect to take on this challenge!

Before we get started on the card I wanted to share with you a little lesson I learned early on. See . . . I thought watercolor projects were beautiful but I didn’t want to spend the extra money to buy watercolor paper. I figured I had paper why couldn’t I use that?! Well . . .you can use it. It’s just not nearly as pretty and requires A LOT more work to blend. This is because watercolor paper is design to allow the water to sit on top an blend itself beautifully while regular paper immediately absorbs the water and pigment. This means you have to do all the blending.

Here is an example of what watercoloring on regular paper looks like


See how it bleeds out. You can’t stop it because it’s absorbing into the fibers. I also had to use tons more ink to get any shading.

This is watercolor paper


You can get better blending because the ink will only go where the paper is wet. The water did wipe out the design on the two smaller ornaments because they were lighter inks. I just re stamped over top of them once the paper was dry. Thank goodness these gorgeous ornaments are clear stamps!

Here is the whole card put together



I wanted a light green background with the bokeh effect so it would look like there was a tree in the background. I’m not exactly sure I achieved that but I like the background anyway. ha! I outlined my ornaments with clean water to get a defined edge and no color mixing. I then washed the whole background in various colors of green. Dabbing and swirly until I was happy with it. I set it aside to dry while I cut several circles out of some spare acetate. Once the background was dry I added my white circles. I actually used Picket Fence Distress Stain but you could just as easily use Hero Arts Unicorn White and a make sponge. You know what . . .they have all those Unicorn pastel colors . . .I bet would look amazing. Ha! Just thought of that as I was typing this. Guess what is going on my Christmas list?! I trimmed down my panel and adhered it to a white card base. The sentiment is from the same set and was heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I couldn’t resist adding some detail with a silver and white gel pen 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Don’t forget our current challenge is Anything Goes. how easy is that?! you could win a $25.00 to the store!! I also wanted to tell you if you love the set I used to create this card it’s currently on sale for just $8.00! The link is in the supplies 🙂


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Decorate Your Holidays

Ranger Watercolor Paper

Distress Ink: Peacock Feathers, Pine Needles, Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Black Soot

Distress Stain Picket Fence

Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder

Sakura White and Silver Gel Pen

Author: Kelly Latevola

Hi guys! I’m Kelly. I’m married to a wonderful man named Craig and we have a gorgeous two year old son who is the light of my life. I can’t leave out our boxer/mastiff Molly who is my little one’s best friend. I’ve been cardmaking for about seven years and running my blog for around five. I am loving every minute of it! I’m a huge fan of clean and simple cards. I adore a good one layer card or building a scene. Also glitter, and lots of it

6 thoughts on “Decorate Your Holidays

  1. Wow the end result is gorgeous!!! Love the background!

  2. Absolutely amazing! Love love love how fabulous watercolors work in cardmaking! I’m going to have to try this too….!! Thanks Kelly and thanks to Donna too!

  3. OOPS! I meant to type “Dawn” not Donna — but that’s just me and silly Fibro Brain! I have always been so impress to Dawn’s wonderful watercoloring skills and think she’s super talented! Thanks again Kelly — happy you shared and I am happy to already own this amazing stamp set! Another of my favorite Hero “Oldie but Goodie” sets!

  4. thanks so much for the comparison of the paper–I looovvee your ornaments! gorgeous!

  5. Beautiful card Kelly! Love the w/c technique and the added white pen! Looks great with the silver embossed greeting!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous card, Kelly! Your water colored ornaments are so beautiful and your details are amazing! I also love how you created the Bokeh effect for your background…it’s just perfect for this card!
    Thanks so much for the tips about paper vs water color paper…Good to know!

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