Before the Christmas season and the year come to an end I thought I would share my 2016 Christmas card design. I did some stamping, heat embossing, and Distress Ink stippling to create these, and the idea for how to make them came from Jennifer McGuire’s Easy Distress Inking post.
You blend each color of ink with shimmer spray and stipple it all over the watercolor paper with your fingers to create this colorful faux granite effect. It was fun (and time consuming)! I made four styles and used four or five ink colors on each.
Here’s a close-up shot so you can see all the shimmer that covered each card. That gorgeous Christmas tree stamp is from Martha Stewart.
My MISTI came in so handy for the whole process this year. Here is my setup as I stamped all the inside greetings before adhering the watercolor panels (while watching other crafters making cards on YouTube).