November 15, 2014


I realize that I have already shown you this card in a previous post. You can see it here:, when I was displaying all the different ways that I had been experimenting with the lovely stamp set, Nature's Peace, found on page 26 of the Holiday Catalog.

But, this time I am going to share a tutorial with you on how to create one of your own.

My favorite feature of this particular card is the beautiful watercolor look you get when you employ this technique:

Because I cut out the image with the largest of the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits, the card needed to be a little off-size from the traditional 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". There is only 1/4" difference between the two sizes, which makes my card measure 5 1/4" x 4 1/4". 

The Framelit size is a little goofy, and because I wanted the card to fit inside a traditional A2 size envelope, I needed to adjust a bit. This is what I came up with:

The reverse side of the card
Like to give it a try? Here's how:

Fold a 4 1/4" x 10 1/2" piece of Island Indigo cardstock in half, creasing well with a bone folder.

Choose 2-3 colors of Stampin' Write Markers. I used Island Indigo, Old Olive and Soft Suede. With the SIDE of the brush end, randomly color all of the stamp, first doing one color -- preferably the lightest color -- and then moving on to the next until you have the entire image colored in marker. Keep in mind that if you do too much overlapping of colors, you may get a muddy brown. Spritz VERY LIGHTLY with water so all of the stamp is re-wetted. IF YOU GET TOO MUCH MOISTURE ON THE STAMP, IT WILL BLEED AND RUN. AND YOU'LL HAVE TO START ALL OVER WITH THE COLORING. SO, BE PRUDENT.

When the stamp is properly moistened, stamp it onto a half sheet of Naturals White cardstock. 

With the largest of the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits, cut out the image, trying to keep the bottom of the Framelit about 1/4" from the lower edge of the stamped image and centering from side to side.

With the Simply Scored board, score at 5 1/8'. Fold on this score line, and adhere the lower portion to the card front. The scored line on the white piece should match with the score line of the card base.

Round the bottom corners of the card base with the Corner Rounder.

Tie a piece of Island Indigo ribbon around the top back of the card in a knot so the two ends of the ribbon protrude over the top of the card. Trim ribbon ends at an angle as needed.

Stamp desired sentiment inside the card in Island Indigo or Soft Suede ink. If it bothers you to stamp and/or write on a fairly dark cardstock such as Island Indigo, glue inside the card a piece of Naturals White cardstock measuring 4" x 5", and proceed with stamping the sentiment.

By the way, this card is actually a monoprint. This means that you can only get one image from the stamping, and no two images will ever be the same. 

How are you coming along with your Christmas card making? How many cards do you plan on creating? And, will they all be the same design? If not, how many of each design do you plan to make? Do you have any "assembly line" card creating tips to share with us?



  1. Thanks for sharing yet another beautiful idea. Currently I'm hooked on a design that calls for 'folded Christmas trees' which starts with a scallop circle. Not owning the Bigz Scallop Circle, I discovered the scallop circle from the Circles Framelits works just as well. Yea me! Normally, I'll make a few cards using several designs but this year I think I may make a lot of the folded Christmas trees cards and use up as much of my old DSP as possible. I make no more than 10 for friends and family but my retiree group makes about 45 and we all pitch in. No assembly line for me; I jump from one step to the next.

  2. So pretty, I love this effect and your idea for the size works really well.

  3. This is still such a pretty card. I love the technique you used.

  4. I still have never tried watercolour like this on a card! LOVE how it looks! I'm making about 40 Christmas cards this year (15 done already!). It's always a lot of work, but I love the homemade cards best :)
    Lindi @

  5. You've done it again! So pretty!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  6. beautiful great work
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  7. So cute! I have such a weakness for paper. I'm so glad you came to the Found & Foraged party!

  8. This is such a sweet card. I love the colors! Thank you so much for linking up at Found & Foraged! PINNED! Hope to see you again this Saturday night at 8PM at

  9. This is an absolutely gorgeous card! Found you on the Your Modern Family blog hop!

  10. This card is beautiful. Thank you for linking up to The Creative Exchange. We will be featuring your project at our next party!
    xo, Laura

  11. Linda this is beautiful! Love the colors. Congrats you've been featured on Creative Spark Link Party. Hope you link up again this week.

  12. So very pretty, Linda! I hope you had a wonderful day, yesterday! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party. I hope to see you again at the little, blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  13. beautiful! I'd love you to share at my link party!