These pretty Flurry of Wishes Christmas cards feature a watercolor wash background and are so easy to make!
This card was made using the Flurry of Wishes stamp set and the Snow Flurry punch. The Snow Flurry punch was retired with the release of the last catalog, but is currently on the Clearance Rack. It makes cutting out those snowflakes so much easier! So if you want one of the snowflake punches, be sure to get one now as once they sell out they are gone for good!
Flurry Of Wishes Stamp SetSnow Flurry PunchWatercolor PaperLayering Ovals Framelits DiesStitched Shapes Framelits DiesRhinestone Basic JewelsAqua PaintersClear Wink Of Stella Glitter BrushStampin’ SpritzerInk Pads in Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Island IndigoCardstock in Whisper White and Island IndigoFast Fuse AdhesiveStampin’ Dimensionals
- Whisper White card base: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Place the long edge at the top of the scoring board and score at 4-1/4″
- Island Indigo cardstock: 5-1/4″ x 4″
- Watercolor paper: 5″ x 3-3/4″
You will need scraps of Whisper White cardstock for the stamping. You will also need a scrap of Island Indigo cardstock to die cut an oval to back the sentiment.
Create the watercolor wash background
- Squeeze the lid of the Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Island Indigo ink pads to get some ink on the lid. This will be the ink you use for watercoloring.
- Use an Aqua Painter to pick up some of the Pool Party ink and brush it across the watercolor paper. You want to fill most of the paper with brushstrokes of Pool Party.
- Use an Aqua Painter to pick up some of the Bermuda Bay and brush it across the watercolor paper , filling in some of the white spots.
- Use an Aqua Painter to pick up some of the Island Indigo ink and brush it across the watercolor paper, filling in spots that were missed by the other 2 colors. You don’t want to use a lot of the Island Indigo.
- Spritz your watercolor paper lightly with water.
- Use a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to brush across the watercolor paper. This will add a hint of glitter to your watercolor layer.
- Allow the watercolor paper to try thoroughly before proceeding. You can speed up this process with a Heat Tool or a hairdryer.
- Using Island Indigo ink, stamp the 2 snowflake images twice on Whisper White cardstock. These 2 snowflake images are both on one stamp and perfectly aligned to use with the Snow Flurry paper punch. You need 2 each of the 2 sizes.
- Using Island Indigo ink, stamp the Flurry of Christmas Wishes sentiment on Whisper White cardstock.
Die Cutting / Paper Punching
- Use the Snow Flurry Paper Punch to cut out the 4 snowflakes. The punch cuts out both the larger and smaller snowflakes at the same time.
- Use an oval die from the Stitched Shapes die set to cut out the sentiment.
- Use the Layering Ovals die set to cut out an oval from Island Indigo cardstock.
Assemble the cards
- Adhere the Island Indigo cardstock layer to the card base.
- Adhere the watercolor wash layer to the card. I recommend using Fast Fuse since the watercolor paper has a bit of texture.
- Adhere the sentiment oval to the Island Indigo Oval. Stick this down to the center of your card.
- Adhere the 2 large snowflakes to the upper right and lower left corners of the card.
- Use Stampin Dimensionals to the back of the 2 smaller snowflakes and stick them to the upper right and lower left of the sentiment. You want to overlap the sentiment and larger snowflake slightly.
- Use a Paper Piercing Tool to add rhinestones to the center of all 4 snowflakes.
If don’t want to go to the fuss of creating the watercolor wash background, the Marbled background stamp makes a great alternative. Just cut a piece of Pool Party cardstock to 5″ x 3-3/4″ and stamp the Marbled background stamp on it using Bermuda Bay ink. Use that in the place of the watercolor layer in the instructions above.
So which do you prefer, the marble background or the watercolor background? Be sure to leave me a comment below and let me know which you liked better.
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