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Merry & Bright Card

December 22, 2019

Hello and happy holiday week! I’ve been a busy bee lately with a newborn and today is our last show of The Classic Nutcracker with our non-profit professional ballet company. But between that all over the last month, I’ve snuck in a little crafty time.

Today’s card is a holiday card using the Fir Real stamp set and #beautifulmess stamp set. Let’s get started!

Fun fact: Fir Real was the VERY first stamp set I purchased from Ink Road stamps a few years ago. My collection has grown like crazy since then.

For this card I wanted to try out some no line watercoloring. After watching SEVERAL videos, I went to work. I though the wreath image was a perfect starter for this technique.

I started off with planning the coloring and card. In the final card I ended up using a different watercolor set, but I tested two others here. I wanted to make sure I could execute this technique without “wasting” or screwing up on the actual card.

Then it was onto the card!

I stamped the wreath from #beautifulmess 3 times (only shown belwo twice) with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in antique linen on some mixed media card stock. I also stamped it one additional time on an additional piece of paper. I will be cutting this out and placing it where the middle wreath is currently stamped.

I started with painting the middle wreath. This will be covered in the end card, but I wanted an area to test out the painting before moving onto the two wreaths that would be showing.

First, I painted the wreath circle using a brown paint and a no. 2 round brush. I used very little water as I didn’t want the color to bleed out.

Then I moved onto the leaves. Again using the no. 2 round brush, I added a green color to the outline of the leaf. Next I cleaned off my brush and came in with just water (just a small amount / damp brush) and pulled the color out from the outline that I just created.

The final step to painting the wreaths, was adding red for the berries.

The Tim Holtz Distress ink in Antique Linen gives you the freedom to paint over the lines and that ink color fades away. I suggest testing this technique out before diving into a project. If the test turns out great, turn it into a project. It does take A LOT of patience and the process is slow. I did not paint quickly and completed the painting process in 2-3 sessions of 30 minutes. Take your time for the BEST results. Don’t rush this one.

Next, I trimmed down the piece with the 2 wreath’s on it. I felt that it was a little plain, so with my Versamark ink pad I ran it along the edges and added gold embossing powder.

With versamark ink and gold embossing powered, I added the sentiment from Fir Real to the center of the wreath. Then I fussy cut the wreath with the sentiment that I will pop up between the two wreaths.

I added a candy cane paper  border to the top and bottom of the two wreath piece.

I added this piece to my green 5×7 card base to finish off my card.

Here is the final card.


Hope you have a wonderful holiday week. Be safe and enjoy time with your family! Remember to use discount code LACEY10 at checkout for 10% off and don’t forget to check out the Ink Road Stamp Advent calendar if there are any left! You won’t want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind, limited edition stamps.

Lacey Gasper


Product Used

Fir Real





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