Thursday, 10 December 2020

Countdown to Christmas Day 10 - BA Inspiration with Julie

Good morning folks, Julie here with a little bit more inspiration for a quick one layer, post friendly, Christmas card using the brand new Framed - Holly and two different mediums to colour.

The card on the left is coloured with watercolour pens and the righthand side one is coloured with Copic markers.
I've tried this design before with other frame style stamps so thought I would see what it looked like with this fab new stamp.

Using my Misti, I positioned my A6 base card in the left hand corner and placed the bottom half of the frame stamp to the top edge. Closing the MISTI to pick up the stamp, I then added a strip of masking tape across the top of the frame to create a border. For the watercolour method, I stamped and embossed with Versamark and gold EP, the Copic one I used a pale grey ink, Altenew's Limestone in this case. More of that later! DO NOT remove the stamp from your MISTI.

With the second card, I used Copics (other alcohol markers are available) to colour the stamped area and then replaced it in to the MISTI and stamped again with Versamark and gold EP. As you haven't moved the stamp, you should be able to stamp in exactly the same place as before. You have to do this if you want to colour with alcohol markers as they don't play nicely with EP! You end up with manky pens and a tatty looking coloured image. I know it seems like a bit of a phaff to do it but this way you achieve a nice crisp finish.

Now turn your card around and repeat the process for the unstamped end of your card. I now notice that the cards I made have two different stamped images, this is because I did the watercolour one before I decided to make the second, removing the stamp from my MISTI in between, I must have altered the way I laid the stamp down on the second card!

Once I had embossed the rest of the design on the first card, I used Zig watercolour markers in a couple of shades of green and red to colour in the leaves before adding the sentiment with gold EP.

The Copic coloured one was completed using a flat green colour, G46, not my usual shading style but I wanted to keep the design simple and my base card wasn't particularly Copic friendly. 

Embossed gold sentiments complete the design. These sentiments are from the super new Christmas Wishes set. This was my first play with this set but it wont be the last, love the script and the way you can make your own sentiments up with the mix of large and small words.

That's it from me for today, but there's going to be much more Christmas fun over the next few days. 

Enjoy the season as best you can in the circumstances.


  1. Two beautiful festive cards using the newly released stamps. Great technique and explanation too. X

  2. Smashing cards. Thanks for the tips. I’m rediscovering my alcohol pens - promarkers - so they were very helpful. x

  3. Wow, such an awesome design for a one-layer card - they are tough (for me)! Beautiful work!

  4. These two sets are my favourites from the new release! I love your design and the effect of both these techniques. Vicky x

  5. Simply lovely. I like the clean fresh look. Hugz


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