Peace, Love & Joy

Hello & happy Monday crafty friends! I’m back today with a simple holiday card.

This card features my favorite Dare 2B Artzy Totally Tracy stamp set called Holly Xmas.

I love the sentiments and the fun poinsettia and holly images in this stamp set. Today, I’ve used the Holly stamp set to create a fun, simple background. I have used this stamp set for several cards because its super versatile for holiday cards and non-holiday cards as well. I’ve linked to a card I created in August for our Dare 2B Artzy challenge where I used the poinsettia as a daisy here along with the Dare 2B Artzy Honey Bees stamp sets.

To start, I cut a piece of Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress black watercolor paper in 140lb weight to 6 x 6 size.

I stamped the holly and berries images with Versamark onto the black watercolor paper and heat embossed with some gold embossing powder. The paper is very porous so the heat embossing doesn’t really sit on top of the paper like it would normally but rather looks like it was stamped in gold ink. It creates kind of a neat stamped effect that makes the image look like it’s stamped. Once the heat embossing was done, I wiped the cardstock with a clean cloth to get off all of the white antistatic powder.

To color my holly images, I used some metallic watercolors that I purchased from a seller on Etsy. Any brand of metallic watercolor will work on the black watercolor paper and look amazing. I added a couple of layers on green-blue for the leaves and some red for the berries.  They dry quickly and have a gorgeous metallic shimmer that I love.

I cut my black cardstock down to 4 1/8 x 5 ¼, so just a bit smaller than A2 which gives me room to add a gold mat to it.

For the sentiment I stamped the peace, love and joy sentiments with Versamark and heat set with more of the gold embossing powder. I cut the embossed sentiments panel down to 2 ½ x 3 and added a gold panel that was 1/16 of an inch bigger. I hope as we round out 2020 that we can all look forward to lots of Peace, Love and Joy.

To finish off the card, I added some yellow-gold gems to the card panel. The gems seem to change colors with the cardstock which is kind of a cool effect.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this super simple holiday card featuring the Holly Xmas stamp set from Dare 2B Artzy.

Thanks so much for stopping by!