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A Festive Splash: Crafting a Watercolor Christmas Card Day 9 Holiday Card Series 2023

Hey there, fellow crafting enthusiasts! As the holiday season approaches, there's nothing quite like the warmth and joy that comes from sending and receiving handmade Christmas cards. And what better way to spread that cheer then by diving into the wonderful world of watercolors?

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If you're new to watercolor card making, fear not! Today, I'm thrilled to guide you through the process of creating a festive masterpiece using the charming Carmine Stamp Set from Penny Black and the vibrant Sakura Koi Watercolor Field Sketch Kit. Grab your brushes and let's paint our way to a uniquely crafted Christmas card that will leave your loved ones in awe.


Easy Watercolor Christmas Card Video Tutorial:

Here you can find the step by step video tutorial for the Easy Watercolor Christmas Card.

If you have problems watching the video here on my blog you can always watch it on my YouTube Channel by Clicking here!


Gathering Your Supplies:

Now, let's talk about what you'll need. The Carmine Stamp Set is a holiday dream, featuring adorable festive designs that are just waiting to grace your card. Pair that with the Sakura Koi Watercolor Field Sketch Kit, and you're in for a treat!

Carmine Watercolor Christmas Card by Rick Adkins Over Head at angle

Remember, the right materials make all the difference. Don't be afraid to invest in some good-quality watercolor paper or heavyweight cardstock. Trust me, your creations will thank you for it. And hey, masking tape or painter's tape will be your best friends in keeping those edges sharp.


Getting Started with the Carmine Stamp Set:

Before we dive into the watercolors, let's talk about the star of the show—the Carmine Stamp Set. It's like a Christmas party in a stamp collection! Choose the stamp that sings to your festive spirit and get ready to make some magic happen.


Pro tip: I once had this mishap where I forgot to prep my stamp properly, and let's just say, the ink was more adventurous than I intended. Learn from my little misadventure and take the time to prepare both your stamp and the surface for stamping. It makes all the difference in the world.

Carmine Watercolor Christmas Card by Rick Adkins

Unleashing Your Creativity with Sakura Koi Watercolors:

Now, onto the exciting part—the watercolors! The Sakura Koi Watercolor Field Sketch Kit is a treasure trove of hues waiting to burst onto your card. But if you're new to watercolors, fret not. We're keeping it simple.


Remember, watercoloring is all about embracing the unpredictability. I once thought I messed up a background, but it turned into this beautiful, unexpected masterpiece. Embrace the happy accidents, my friends!

Carmine Watercolor Christmas Card by Rick Adkins Front View

Bringing Your Christmas Card to Life:

With your stamped images ready, it's time to add that watercolor magic. Start with the background, layer on your main images like a Christmas tree or ornaments, and don't forget those little details and highlights.


Let me share a quick story: Last year, I tried a new technique where I layered different shades of blue to create a snowy night sky. It turned out stunning, and now it's my go-to background for winter-themed cards. Experiment and find your signature touch!


Adding Extra Touches:

Now, let's elevate your card with some extra flair. Whether it's a touch of glitter, metallic pens, or sequins, these little additions make your card uniquely yours. And speaking of personal touches, try hand lettering a festive greeting—it adds that extra dose of love.

Carmine Watercolor Christmas Card by Rick Adkins over head view

Troubleshooting and Common Mistakes:

We've all been there—watercolor bleeding, unexpected smudges. But worry not, it's all part of the creative journey. If things go south, take a breath, assess the situation, and maybe turn that "mistake" into a design feature. My philosophy? There are no mistakes in crafting, only opportunities for innovation!


Finalizing and Sharing Your Masterpiece:

Once your card is dry and looking fabulous, carefully remove any masking tape and tidy up those edges. Now, the most exciting part—show off your creation! Share it on social media with a special hashtag, and let's spread the inspiration.

Carmine Watercolor Christmas Card by Rick Adkins Side View

And there you have it—a watercolor Christmas card that's as unique as you are. I hope this journey into watercolor card making sparks a newfound passion for you. Remember, the best cards come from the heart, and a handmade one is a gift in itself. Happy crafting, my friends, and may your holidays be filled with creativity and joy!


Pin Me:

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Materials Used:

Here you will find the list of supplies that I used to create today's card. All supplies are linked to supply sources below. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

Happy Stampin'

Rick Adkins














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