Friday, July 22, 2016

Sweet 'n Sassy Christmas in July Blog Hop & SALE

I know...Christmas talk already? It's too soon! LOL! However, it's never too soon to grab some holiday themed stamps for 15% off!! Sweet 'n Sassy is holding a Christmas in July sale from now through Sunday. ALL Christmas stamp sets will be 15% off! Use code CMASJULY to receive your discount.

My card features the Joy to the World stamp set, which includes this main image, along with another image and three sentiments. (You can see a photo of the entire stamp set at the end of the post) I also used a lot of words from a number of different sets, I'll list them at the end of the post, to create the background.

The main image was created by stamping it in Antique Linen Distress Ink. This is the perfect light color of ink for creating a no-line water coloring picture as the Antique Linen pretty much vanishes when water is applied. My water coloring was done using Distress Markers. (I have a video coming up to demonstrate the technique!) 

Once my coloring was completed, I cut a mask for the image, and added the background colors using Distress Inks and a blending tool. Water and a white paint pen added clouds and stars to the night sky.

The main image includes a tiny heart on the manger, but I opted to add a Wendy Vecchi mat mini heart, colored with Distress Inks and covered with just a hint of glitter.

The background was created by stamping a whole lotta words and sentiments onto a piece of cork, which I found while digging through my stash looking for a designer paper to use on my card. I thought the cork was a fun and different element to use on a card and I loved the look of the black text on the background. Text...nothing beats different letter styles and sizes...it makes me happy. My entire piece was mounted onto a black card base. And there you have today's Christmas card! 

You will be able to find all of the team participant blogs at the end of this post. Simply click on their name and you will be taken to their blog. The list will be on each person's blog, so no need to hit the back button. Just look for the next blog in the line-up and off you go! Please be sure to leave the girls some love along the way. We will be drawing a winner from all of the blog comments and that person will receive a FREE Christmas stamp set (in stock) of their choosing from our line! And don't forget to check out the great sale at Sweet 'n Sassy!

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21 comments:

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fantastic card Kim. Love the lineless coloring! That image is so sweet. Love the background too.

Stephanie said...

Love, love, love this card!

Heather C. said...

I love watercoloring and have been wanting to really try no line. You did a fantastic job.

Korin said...

Such a great card. I love how you colored your image and that cork paper was such a cool idea!

Amy Marshall said...

Wonderful card. Love the background you did.

Kim said...

This is so adorable. I love your backgrounds for the base and image

Daria Guenther said...

So nice to have something so cute that celebrates the real reason for the season!

Ceal said...

Awesome card! Love your background and how you colored the image!

cghundley said...

Wonderful design with
your card, the stamped
background is cool.
Carla from Utah

Denise Bryant said...

Awesome card! Love your gorgeous coloring and the pretty background! Love the bright colors you used and the coloring technique! I'll be looking forward to seeing your video!

Melissa Reed said...

Very cute! I love all the praise words as the background.

Cathymac said...

Love the sweet water colored Jesus, Kim, and the cork background is brilliant. Very cute Christmas card reflecting the real reason for the season! So glad to have you back on the team! Hugs!

Julie Gearinger said...

Kim, this is so adorable and perfect for Christmas! Love the coloring of the sweet manger image as well as the use of the cork paper with all of the fabulous stamped sentiments- great job, my friend!

craftymom205 said...

Great card. Love the background.

Sue D said...

Love the cork background and your water coloring--beautiful!

McStamper said...

Love your beautiful card. Precious.

Debbie Vasel said...

Wow, I really like that background stamp.
It is new to me and perfect for the season.

Judy Rozema said...

The contrast between your beautifully colored image and the cork background is just brilliant. Love this idea so much. GORGEOUS coloring!

Jane Bosi said...

I LOVE the background piece! I know I'll be incorporating that into a project soon--such a great inspiration!

Talitha Wright said...

This is so cute. The Baby Jesus is looking right at me.

Helen Gullett said...

How adorable! Love the watercoloring on your image :)