Thursday 29 November 2012

Another way to use Watercolour Winter

I am delighted to see there's another fabulous new CAS challenge site in blogland, CAS - Colours and Sketches, and I'm even more delighted to have been asked to guest for their very first challenge!  Here's the sketch and colour combination, a really lovely autumnal mix of colours, but being someone who is a bit of a lunatic likes a challenge, I gave myself the extra test of turning them into a Christmas card! Not only that, but it's Three Minute Thursday here on my blog today, so it has to be a quick card... aaargh! Can I do it? Well, come and have a look:

If I were asked what my favourite Christmas stamp set is this season, I would unhesitatingly reply Watercolour Winter! It's a two step stamping set, which makes it very versatile - you can stamp the outline images and stamp the 'colouring in' over the top OR you can stamp the outline images and colour in using an aquapainter, markers, pencils, crayons etc OR you can do what I've done today: use one of the 'colouring in' images as a background and stamp the corresponding outline image randomly over the top!

I masked my panel with thin strips of post it note and stamped my design using Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip inks. The berries were added with a Cherry Cobbler marker before peeling the strips away. The panel was then attached to the card base, leaving lots of lovely space, and the sentiment was stamped, punched out with the Decorative Label punch and added to the centre using dimensionals.

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Watercolour Winter, Beautiful Season (sentiment)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip classic ink, Cherry Cobbler marker
Card stock: Very Vanilla
Other: Decorative Label punch
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So did I make a Christmas card using these autumnal colours? Yes! Did I come up with a design that can be made in three minutes? Yes! Am I in a heap on the floor because I've still got the lurgy? Yes! Never mind, I think my husband is going for the title of 'Husband of the Year' as he's stepped in and cooked, tidied and supplied me with lemsip and hot water bottles - well it's either that, or he's expecting a very large, expensive Christmas present this year!

EDITED TO ADD: My lurgy has turned out to be bronchitis and my poor husband has now developed an abscess on his gum so that's both of us out of action. The children are doing an excellent job of holding the fort but I think it's safe to say that I won't be here tomorrow. Hope to see you very soon though.


  1. Beautiful card Vicky and congrats on the guest designer spot!
    Hope you and your husband start feeling better!!!

  2. Cards, challenges, lurgies - what a combination! Hope you and hubby are feeling better ASAP and that the hired help (oops children LOL) keep away from any germs!

  3. Oh no Vicky, I hope you feel better soon! I hope you have some strong anti biotics to fight the bronchitis with, and your poor hubby too, ouch!
    Gorgeous card, it may be CAS but there's so much detail here!

  4. so sorry to hear you're not well. Your card for the new challenge blog, cas colours and sketches, is fabulous. You are right - that's a very versatile set and I love the shaped sentiment in the middle, and all in 3 minutes? You are, as I always say, a star!
    Louise xx

  5. Hope you both feel better soon.

  6. Hope you feel better soon Vicky and you've done a grand job with the new challenge. x

  7. Take care and get better soon Vicky.

    Best wishes

  8. great card Vicky, love the masking technique and hat a cool set of stamps. Hope the lurky goes soon!

  9. gorgeous card Vicky

    Hope you feel better soon xxx

    I Agree its great to see another CAS challenge!!

    jen xxx

  10. FAB card made in such dire circ's. Wishing you and your husband a speedy recovery.

    I hope you only meant you wouldn't be in BLOGLAND tomorrow . . . but will still be alive!

    Sarn xxx

  11. Your stamps do give a lovely effect, Vicky. I love the colours and how you created your berries. Great masking technique and a lovely sentiment, too x

  12. Lovely card - and thanks for the link to the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge.

    Kath x

  13. Fabulous card, Vicky, I'm going to try this with the Gently Falling stamp set later. Hope you're both feeling better soon!

  14. Poor you, so sorry you have a sickly house, but look on the bright side, at least it's before Christmas.

    Take your time to get better though, surprising how these things can hit quite hard sometimes.

    Look forward to your next post as usual though :)

  15. I love your autumnal Christmas card, Vicky, it doesn't have to be all red and green, does it? Gorgeous little berries.
    Oh dear, I do hope both you and your husband fell much better very soon. xxx

  16. Thanks so much for being a GDT for the launch of the challenge - it's a gorgeous card and lovely to see a Christmas themed card using the colours - Jacqueline xx

  17. Now that's a lot of masking! Beautiful!

  18. Hope you feel better really soon x

  19. What a wonderful way to combine these colors and images for a lovely Christmas tree! And I hope that you and your husband are recovered soon!

  20. Vicky this is beautiful, love how you've stepped upto this challenge and congrats on being asked to join there first challenge :0)
    Hope you feel better soon.
    Jenny x

  21. Fab card and it certainly meets the criteria for the challenge. Congrats on being a guest designer. Hope you and your husband are soon on the mend. Take care x x

  22. Sorry to hear the you had the lurgy, I have it too but thankfully not as severe as yours !!!! Wishing you both well. Fabulous card and congrats on your guest DT post I see you managed beautifully to combine everything !!!well done you !


  23. Congrats on the debut of this new challenge blog and that you are the first guest designer! Love love your stamping on this one, Vicky!


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