Saturday, 4 February 2017

Happy Holly

The February Christmas challenge over at Happy Little Stampers is "anything goes with an optional twist of holly".

I chose to use the optional twist as I love holly on Christmas cards.

I stamped and watercoloured my image.  I added some random pale grey text stamping over it and watered down some of the same grey ink and added some splatters. I framed it with a die cut panel and decided the sentiment would have to go on the inside as there was no logical place for it on the front.

Come and check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team at Happy Little Stampers and then post your Christmas card for a chance to win a prize.

And just a bit more inspiration from me - another holly card I made a while ago but never posted:

I stamped, heat embossed, and watercoloured the image, then fussy cut around the edges.  I mounted it on slightly sparkly red cs, die cut with a stitched square.

My first attempt at stamping the sentiment right on the red square ended up crooked so I redid it on a scrap and cut it out with a tag die and layered overtop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies for the first card:
Stamps - Penny Black Winter Joy, Wendy Vecchi script
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black, Memento London Fog
Paper - watercolour paper, white cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - watercolour paints, Spellbinders label die, fun foam

Supplies for the second card:
Stamps - Serendipity Holly, A Muse sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - white cs, red with slight shimmer cs, watercolour paper
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - clear embossing powder, watercolour paints, Lil Inkers stitched square die, Spellbinders tag die


  1. Both your cards are so pretty Susan. I LOVE your bird and holly...2 of my favorite holiday images and so beautifully colored. TFS my friend.

  2. Wonderful cards, beautiful colouring too!
    That birdie is my fave, looks so handsome.

  3. What a lovely pair of cards Susan. I particularly love the colouring on your sweet robin - so professional looking and I really like how you framed the image.

  4. I love your holly and that sweet bird, Susan! Two pretty holly cards!

  5. Super Cards, you've been busy. Love the way you framed the robin.

  6. I love your traditional card. It is so beautiful. I appreciate the hand coloring of the image. Amazing card.
    Susan, do you know that does not work your permalink?

    1. Thanks for letting me know, Bozena, that my permalink does not work. I've sent the correct one to Kylie and asked her to please fix it.

      And thanks for your kind comments.


  7. I love holly as well Susan - you made two sweet cards using it! Wonderful coloring on your robin, pretty text background and die cut framing! And your red card really makes the holly pop! Julia xx

  8. Beautiful water color Christmas project, Susan. That little bird is wonderful as is the whole scene inside that wonderful die cut. I also especially love the script in the background. Just wonderful! Stephanie, DT.


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