A Quick Christmas Card for a Sketch Challenge

Can you believe that there are only NINE weeks left until Christmas? Sketch 339As the holidays draw closer, I start to feel the days going by quickly and tend to not have enough hours to get everything ready for Christmas. Can you relate?  Each year, we sent out over 100 Christmas cards and, this time of year, I start to scour the internet for quick, simple card sketches like this one from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  Any uncomplicated card design that can be replicated quickly is a winner in my book.

This week, I decided to join the sketch challenge and create a simple card using the Holly Jolly Border stickers and Build a Plaid stamp set.   As you can see, instead of adding a scallop, I chose to create a variety of layers at the base of the card. MissCarriesCreations-ChristmasBorderStickerCard

Even though the Build a Plaid stamp set is intended for creating plaid designs, I chose to use it as a fill-in for one of my layers. Once the base of card was complete, I stamped the “December 25th” image onto black cardstock with VersaMark™ Ink, heat embossed it in white, then layered it atop a Candy Apple stitched circle. I love the look of white embossing powder on black cardstock. 

I added a stamped Holly embellishment, a sentiment, and a few Holly Jolly Dots to complete the card. This card was so simple to create and could be made using a array of border stickers, paper scraps, or stamped images.

I hope that this card has inspired you to create something new this year for Christmas and to join the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I will be posting more cards I created using the Holly Jolly border stickers this week. In fact, I have created an entire workshop using them and I can’t wait to share them with you.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


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A Bestie Card with a Watercolor Embossed Background

Last week, I created a tutorial showing you how to use our Flower Garden embossing folder to make an inked embossed background. This week, I am going to show you another way to use the same embossing folder to create another type of background for your projects – one that uses our Watercolor Paints to create a one-of-a-kind look. MissCarriesCreations-MyBestieWatercolorCard

This Bestie Card was simple to create using using our May stamp of the month and the embossed background technique I am going to show you.  This stamp set is only available during the month of May and is the inspiration for the Besties with H2H challenge. If you would like to recreate this card, there is also a complete list of supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.


My background consists of a piece of Cold Pressed Watercolor paper that I dry embossed with our Flower Garden embossing folder.  I prefer to brush the watercolor paper with water first, but some people prefer to paint directly on dry paper.


So what’s the difference???  When you apply wet paint to dry paper you will have more control and more of a defined edge when shading your images. The paint only goes where your brush goes and the color soaks directly into the paper.

When you apply wet paint to wet paper, you achieve more of a washed effect. You do have a little less control of where the paint goes, but it is a little easier to remove mistakes before they completely soak into the paper. This is the method I prefer because I can easily clean up my mistakes before they set into the paper. 


As you can see, by painting onto wet paper, my paint is a bit more opaque and it flows onto the raised images very easily.  I was able to shade each of the raised images on the paper using a small brush with various watercolor paints.  This technique is a simple way to create your own personalized background using an embossing folder.


The rest of the card was very easy to assemble.  I stamped the Besties image onto some Vellum paper with Black Ink, heat embossed the image with Clear Embossing powder, then shaded the back of the Vellum using ShinHan Markers.


I adhered the Vellum onto a White Rectangle Stitched Frame then layered the frame onto that beautiful Embossed Watercolor background using Foam Tape. I love how that little Bee from the Sweet Girl Complements goes so well with the flower images and sapphire matting. MissCarriesCreations-MyBestieWatercolorCardUpClose.jpg

I hope that you take the time try this technique and create a unique background for your own paper crafting project. Don’t forget, the To My Bestie stamp set is only available through May 31st. This means that you only have a few more days to add this stamp set to your collection for only $5.00 with any qualifying $50 purchase. 

I can’t wait to see what you create!


UPDATE: I made the H2H May Darlings List. 🙂 Have you visited the Heart2Heart Blog recently? If not, you might want to check out some of their current challenges. 

View them here

To My Bestie Stamp Set

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Watercolor Paper Pad

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

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12 x 12 Vellum Paper

Sweet Girl Complements

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Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts

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Watercolor Paints

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ShinHan Marker Bundle

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Heat Tool

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Anti-Static Pouch

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All Purpose Mat

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Ranger™ Clear Embossing Powder

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Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Thin 3D & 3D Foam Dots

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My Acrylix Block Starter Kit

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White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

You’re My Person – Color My Heart Color Dare Card

This week at Color My Heart Color Dare, we are challenging you to create a project using only Black, White, and one accent color. For me, this meant getting ahead (for once) and creating a Valentine card. Before I start explaining my project, I want to give you a little inspiration for colors that go well with Black so I created a little “Board of Color” for you.

Are the wheels in your brain turning yet? I found these photos and others on Home Did It where you will find almost twenty color combinations to use as inspiration for this challenge. Since I was creating a Valentine’s Day card, I chose to use Candy Apple as my accent color.


I know that this is a very “typical” Valentine color palette, but, honestly, I love all the patterns and textures that play so well together on this card. If you would like to recreate this card for “your person”, I have listed a few tips & techniques for you to read.

The background for this card was created cutting Candy Apple cardstock with a    Stitched Rectangle frame, then backed with Heart Happy paper.

The layered papers came from our Something Fierce and Mix-Ins paper packs. I was unable to find a third pattern that I liked, so I stamped the “Arrows” onto White Daisy cardstock using the Border Melody stamp set, then splattered it with a Black Shimmer Brush.

♥ I wanted to keep my sentiment simple, so I cut a square using the Stitched Square Frames, stamped the A Piece of My Heart sentiments using VersaMark Ink and heat embossed using White Embossing Powder.  I always love adding whimsical layers so I attached that cute Heart Clip on the side.


My flower was a leftover from the Frame-It-Up kits I created. I chose not to add the Rose Gold center, but, instead, added Red Pearls.  If you aren’t lucky enough to have some of these in your stash, you can use a Carmine Marker, and color White Pearls.

After adding some Candy Apple Striped & White & Gold Skinny  ribbons and a few Gold Glitter Gems, the card was complete. I hope you are inspired by this card to join us for this month’s Color My Heart Color Dare.  I can’t wait to see what you create!