This card is a just under the wire entry into the Christmas Card Challenge #24 to use this photo as inspiration:
I started with a stamp from Tim Holtz's Mini Christmas Doodle set and used masking to stamp the wreath using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and the sentiment with Vesamark ink so I could heat emboss it in gold. Next I colored over the wreath with Prismacolor pencils. I cut it out using what I think is an old Nestabilities die and inked the edges with Close to My Heart Desert Sand ink.
I made the background using the wrapped watercolor technique in which you apply layers watercolor until the color is fairly saturated and the water puddling on the paper. You then cover it with crumpled plastic wrap and weigh it down until it dries. You can see the technique in action in this Jennifer McGuire video. I trimmed the dry background and inked the edges with Close to My heart's Olive ink The center strip was cut from Cranberry paper and inked heavily with Tulip to give it and aged look. The wreath panel was attached using foam tape.
Thank you for stopping by! Until next time, Hansi
Paper: Strathmore cold press watercolor paper, Close to My Heart Cranberry and Colonial White cardstock
Ink: Gathered Twigs Distress Ink by Ranger, Desert Sand, Olive, and Tulip ink by Close to My Heart, Versamark
Stamp: Mini Christmas Doodles Tim Holtz Collection by Stampers Anonymous
Other: Gold Embossing powder, assorted green Gansai Tambi watercolors by Kuretake, Prismacolor pencils, Nestabilities (I think) die