I have a fun, whimsical Christmas card to share today made with the White Christmas stamp set. I was in the mood to watercolor, and this stamp set fit the bill perfectly. I could use the various stamps to build a little winter scene using Basic Gray Archival ink. Then, it was just a matter of breaking out my Aqua Painters to watercolor to my heart’s content.
I have a few tips to share when watercoloring. First, use either Watercolor Paper or Shimmery White Paper (as I did here.) I like using Shimmery White paper for fine stamps like this one, because I find that it’s easier to stamp a nice clean image on the smooth surface of the Shimmery White paper. As an added bonus, Shimmery White paper has a nice sparkle for holiday cards! Another tip is to paint large areas, such as the sky on this card, with clear water first. This helps the inks stay wet longer and blend evenly.
To watercolor with your stamp pads, simply squeeze the stamp pad before opening to pool some ink on the lid. Then, dip the tip of the Aqua Painter in the lid to grab some color.
Another technique I like is to stop painting before I get to the edges. This adds to the watercolor look and feel of the card.
I wanted to create a card with soft, subtle colors so I chose a palette of Marina Mist, Pool Party, Soft Sky and Crumb Cake. I love this combination!!!
When my watercoloring was completely dry, I added white highlights to the trees and hill with a White Signo Uni-Ball Gel Pen.
Supplies used on my card:
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