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Last Minute Christmas Cards – Simple Watercolored Cards with Colorbox Paintbox

by | December 19th, 2015 | Comments Off on Last Minute Christmas Cards – Simple Watercolored Cards with Colorbox Paintbox

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The Colorbox Paintbox has kept me inspired project after project this year. The holiday cards I have created to send out to our friends and family are no exception to that. However, with the number of cards needed (LOTS!) and time left to create them (ZERO!) created an urgency for a (VERY!) simple project.

I chose to create a simple but striking watercolor background using greens and reds found in the Colorbox Paintbox in Bright. Simple stokes, various sized circles, lines, dashes, and dots filled the white space of my paper and created a festive all over background.

watercolor holiday cards hollybking for clearsnap december 2015 all over background

The watercolor paper I had on hand was a larger size. Once my watercolor background had dried, I cut my cards down to fit in my envelopes. At this stage I was able to center my stamp and replicate my greeting on the front of each card. I am thrilled with the result and even more excited to get them into the mail!

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Before jumping into making your own watercolor background, I have a couple tips on using your Colorbox Paintbox with water. First, I ALWAYS moisten my clean paint brush just SLIGHTLY before applying ink to it. Loading a brush with water and then applying ink from an ink pad will dilute the ink pad. This will result in less than desirable results when you switch back to stamping with your ink pads. Once the damp brush is loaded with ink, quickly dip the brush into water to loosen the ink before applying ink to paper. My second tip is to work quickly and let your brush have fun! Creating a stunning  all over background is just a few moments and supplies away!  

Project Supply List:

  • Colorbox Paintbox in Bright
  • Colorbox Archival Ink in Wicked Black
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Paintbrushes
  • Water

Season’s Greetings!
Holly King

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