Faux Water Color Card 3 – Christmas in the Making

Faux Water Color Card 3

As I mentioned several posts ago, the Christmas in the Making stamp set tugged at my heart strings from the first moment I saw it. Maybe it’s because it reminded me of the carefree days of my childhood and the wonderful Christmases of my youth.  After coloring the first image in the set,  I was smitten with the idea of coloring all three and having them framed to display on my mantle during the holiday season.  I went on to color the second card, and now I have finally colored the third one.  I hope you have enjoyed my trio of cards.

Colors of the Day

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
When folded this card measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ tall.

When I faux water color, I simply touch the tip of my Blender Pen to the ink pad, release a little of the color onto scrap paper, and then color away. I remove quite a lot of color in the process before touching the image, because it is always easier to add more color as I shade. Another little tip is I will outline in Stampin’ Write Markers, and then pull the color into the image using a Blender Pen. This is very evident on the Crumb Cake cat and Pool Party sweater.

Faux Water Color Card 3

Everything is “shadowed” in Soft Sky.  Although it does not show up well in the picture, I added a little Clear Wink of Stella to the ribbing on the sweater.

Here are all three cards:

Faux Water Color Card 3

I would have loved to have colored this card with the new Stampin’ Blends.  They are awesome.  However, since I had already colored the first two cards using blender pens and ink, I did not.  The look is more vibrant with the Stampin’ Blends, and I was wanting consistency among all three cards.  If you would like to view a video on how I water color with Blender Pens and ink, check out this post.  

Faux Water Color Card 3

I still need to mat and frame these three cards, but that will have to wait until I return from OnStage Live in Salt Lake City.   If you are attending, and you happen to see me, please stop by and say, “Hi!”  I would love to meet you in person.

I hope you enjoyed today’s quick post.  I’ll be on the road early to drive across the entire state of Iowa to Omaha, NE.  I’ll be flying out to Utah with my On the CASE partner in crime, Nicole Watt and her husband, Brian.  As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.   Until next time…


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  1. I love this retro looking stamp set! Your coloring is amazing! Love your cards. You’ve inspired me to go and try this coloring technique!

  2. Love love love your cards here. I didn’t get this set but the finished product in watercolors is FAB-U-Lous!!!! IT DOES remind me of my growing up years as well. So sentimental! Hugs

  3. Chris R. from Iowa

    Beautiful coloring. Cool and retro at it’s best!

    Did you honk or wave as you went by to catch I80? Hope you have a great time and a safe trip!

  4. Love all three of these cards Ann!! I agree i love the vintage vibe!

  5. Brilliant color mix and masterful coloring for this retro, cool card!

  6. I hadn’t planned on purchasing these stamps but after looking at how you colored and display them I can’t resist to buy them. They are so cute eh?

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