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Watercolour Christmas Card Class

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (56m)
    • 1. Watercolour Christmas Card Class Introduction

    • 2. Santa Card Stamping & Masking

    • 3. Santa Card Painting Image

    • 4. Santa Card Accents & Assembly

    • 5. Snowman Card Stamping & Painting

    • 6. Snowman Card Accents & Assembly

    • 7. Holly Card Faux Watercolour Stamping

    • 8. Holly Card Assembly

    • 9. Tree Card Faux Watercolour Stamping & Accent Prepping

    • 10. Tree Card Assembly

    • 11. Watercolour Christmas Card Class Thank You

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About This Class

Welcome to the Watercolour Christmas Card Class!

In this class we will be creating four different cards using different images and watercolour techniques.  We will cover several different ways to create Watercolour Images using different Mediums for each card.  I will also so you how to add a variety of accents and textures to your creation to add extra interest, dimension and make them really pop!

This class also includes a Supply List that is divided into each card and lets you know what supplies are used for each one.  Each item on this list is linked to help you source your supplies if you don't happen to have a source close to you!  You can find the Supply list HERE.

In this class you will Learn:

1 -Four different Mediums that can be used for Watercolour Techniques.

2 -How to protect areas on your image from your Watercolour medium

3 -A Quick and Easy Faux Watercolour Technique that is so easy it seems like a cheat!

4 -Learn many different products that can be used on your creations  to add Texture

    and dimension to your cards.

5 -How to finish your image pieces by inking the edges creating a vintage look.

NOTE:  As with all handmade creations, none will look exactly the same and there will be slight variations.  Those differences are what make handmade creations Unique and Beautiful!  Embrace it!

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1. Watercolour Christmas Card Class Introduction: Hello, Welcome to the watercolor Christmas card class. My name is Cheryl, and I'll be guiding you through this class. In this class we're going to be making four different cards using four different techniques and for different mediums. That way you get a good feel for a bunch of different ways that you can do watercolor for watercolor techniques. These are the first two cards that we're going to be making and we will be water coloring in images with different mediums. And then we're also going to be using different accents to create some texture and some interest. Add a little bit of metallic. That's where the second two cars that were create are both for watercolor techniques, but we're going to be using two different mediums for them as well. And then I'm going to show you how to add different accents to just make your watercolor pieces come alive. This class also includes the supply list. And in the supply list, I've broken it down into the different cards and the supplies that are used for each one. So while you're watching the videos and going through them, you don't need to actually remember all of the supplies that I'm using because they're listed on this pious. And that list is also linked to where you can find a supplier. So if you don't have a source near you, that'll help you with finding your supplies to create your curves. Now let's get water coloring. 2. Santa Card Stamping & Masking: All right, So this is the very first card that we are going to work on. And we're actually going to stamp this with coffee archival ink. The next car we're gonna do this one and we're going to do it with black. So I just wanted you to see the difference between how the images could look depending on what colors you use to stamp it. This one is a little bit close to the no line water coloring, which is where you use a really, really light color to stamp it so that you have the pattern. But once the image is complete, it looks like there are no lines. It looks like you free handed it, but you didn't. So I am stamping on my watercolor card sock. You always want to use watercolor card stock when you are water coloring because it can handle the water. Now, I stamped it on the wrong side of the paper. When you get watercolor, there is a smooth side and there is a bumpy side. That one I, I stamped on the bumpy side and because my eight cut it a little bit on the drier side, there was not enough to go into the texture of the paper. So let's do this again. And you want to make sure to give nice even pressure all the way around your image. Make sure it gets good contact with your paper. And I always like to hold it in the center like that so that I know that it's not going to move on me. So there we go. So now our image is stamped. And the first step that we're going to do for this one is we are going to mask off where I want it to stay this color. I want this to have a little bit of an antique look to it, but there's a few places that I want to be a little bit more of a brighter white. In this particular card. I only did that for parts on the hat, but for this showing you, I'm also gonna do his beard, the fur on his jacket, little bit of the white parts on the candy cane just so that you see what the difference is. Once the cards are completed, because I do use different mediums on those areas like the fur on his hat. I use some glue and some fun flock. And then on his beard and sorry, the fur on his jacket and his beard. I used fun block. And then on his hat, I used some speckles. So I want to make sure that you can see a difference and I think getting bubbles in here. So if you have bubbles in your masking fluid, make sure to pop them with your with a pin. I just have a little thumbtack here that totally works. And safety pen would work. Just something sharp. Because we want to make sure and any tiny, tiny, tiny micro bubbles are fine, but I was getting some fairly big ones. But what we wanna do is after we've popped them, you want to go back in and just make sure that those areas are completely covered. And there's one more in his hat here and one right up. Here we go. All right, so you can see that those areas are like a milky color, kinda like school glue. You need to let them completely dry before you go any further. When they are dry, they're going to be translucent. You're going to be able to see through them. But it's going to protect those areas. And we can do any painting we want right over top of it and it's not going to affect any of those areas that we have masked off. So the masking fluid I was using, there was nouveau masking fluid. There's a lot of different companies that make it be this brand. They pretty much all worked exactly the same. So we're going to set that aside to dry. And once it's completely dry, we'll be back and we can start our water coloring. 3. Santa Card Painting Image : All right. So my masking fluid is completely dry. I'm going to do is I'm going to cover the entire back with anticlinal to stress refill. Now, I'm doing this because I want the background to have a vintage. You look to it. You certainly don't have to there is it gets vintage enough just with inking the outside once we're done to create some dimension. But this is just while that's wet. I'm going to go in with gathered tweaks here, and I'm just doing my shadow underneath my greenery. And this is easiest to do wall, your background is wet because you're gonna get just nicer gradations from the shadow to just the inked background. Much easier to blend it out while the background is wet and you're not gonna get any harsh lines. So I'm going to let that dry completely and then we're going to paint in the orange, My background is completely dry, so we are going to water color image. So I'm going to first do the red and I'm using bested berries. And what I'm painting with is distress or incurs. They're meant to rethink distress pads. But I like using them for water coloring because I already have them for my pads. And because they are a dyed Inc, they will work for water coloring. And I always love it when one product is more than one thing. So the first thing I'm doing is Sanchez jacket here. And you'll notice that I'm brushing the excess off of my brush onto the paper towel. So for the berries, I am going around the outside with the darkest of the colors and I'm doing a couple barriers at a time. And then I'm typing, tapping the excess off, off on my paper towel. And then I'm just blending in the center. And that way I get a nice section that's a little bit lighter, kinda like where the light would hit. And if you find there's an area like this one here doesn't really have too much of a dark shade in it. I can go back and add a little bit while it's still wet without having to worry about partial lines in there. I am going to do my pine here and I'm just trying to get a layer behind so that this is all green. So then when I go in after this has dried a little bit and add a little bit of texture on top. I still have some green underneath, so I'm not going to it's not going to look like I've missed some spots. If your red is still wet, you want to wait until this is completely dry because if I if I go do this right beside the red and it's still wet, It's just they're going to seep into each other. So you wanna make sure to wait to do this part until the red is dry enough so that it's not going to blend. And then these ones here, there's not really a bunch of greenery there, there's just a few pions on there. So I'm just going to use my brush and going from the center out. I'm just adding some color there, one spot here that I missed. So I'm going to let that dry for a moment while I do my holly. And I'm going to do my holly in peeled P. After you've used the medium for awhile, you kind of get to know what's your favorite colors for certain things. Feel pains as one of my favorite ones for greenery because it's a little bit more natural-looking. So I started in the center and work my way out. I found it got a little bit too light in the center, so I can go back and add a little bit more of that same color. And you can blend it out a little bit. But because the whole leaf is wet, it will naturally just blend out a little bit through tweaks. I don't implant she said it. In terms of So you've said something in your mind that moment she alone. I'm just doing it lightly because I've already got the stamped image there. I don't want it to do super, super dark and harsh. Okay, but I do want to enhance that line a little bit. And I tend to shy on the lighter side for this, you can always go in and add and make that brown darker. But once it's dry, it's a little bit harder to lighten it up too much. You could do it to an extent, but you won't be able to lighten it up a lot. And that green is likely still slightly damp. And what that's gonna do, it's going to soften the lines on that little branch. They would hear black gloves there. And I just realized I didn't do the red and the candy cane. And you're storing. I'm going to go back to those pine needles again. And this time I'm doing it a little bit darker and I'm following the lines on the stamp. And just doing little strokes. I want to actually see some needles. I don't want it to be one big blob of green. So I do want to be able to see some of those strokes there. And because this is the same color that's underneath, it's not going to be super, super bright and dark and interface going to be a little bit more subtle because it's the same color. But once this is dry, we're going to go back in with the pine or the field paint and just bring out some of those needles. I always tap it, tap the brush on my paper towel just to get some of the excess water out. I find it's best to err on the side of caution and not necessarily get too much paint on your piece all at once. You'll notice how that's where I started there, how it's just kind of blended rate into everything there. All right. So I'm going to let that dry for a few seconds. I am going to take tattered rows. And Pete Santa's face because I like that or a skin color, although that one was far too dark so and this would lighten it up while it's still wet, I can take the excess off of my brush and then lighten it up right on the piece there. And then I'm going to paint the ornament. Now to add a little bit of sparkle, I'm going to do the ornament in perfect pearls now, perfect pearls or a mica counter, but they have a binding agent in them that is activated like, well, that's awkward. And I ran out of space on my phone and didn't actually notice. So I went back in the pine needles and did a second coat with them, but just use my brush to get some brush strokes in there. So we have some a little bit of the pine needles. And the other thing that I've done is I'm using perfect pearls and painting the ornament so that it's golden shimmery now perfect pearls or a mica powder, but they have a binding agent in them that is activated by water so you can make a shimmer paint out of them. So that's what I did here. I just put a little bit in here and I mixed it up with water and I have a shimmer paint. So I'm going to let that completely dry. And what we're actually going to do once everything is dry is we're going to put some Glossy Accents over it to make it nice and shiny as well. Last step before I let this dry some more is I'm going to go back over here with my peeled pink color. And I'm going to go once more and give you the pine needles because I want to make sure that you can see individual needles in there, the big green blob. And if I were to go over it again for a third time with the same color, we would just have a bunch of the same color. And you went actually necessarily see the individual needles. So as I'm doing this, I'm just going following the lines from the stamp to do this. And this is exactly what I did with the pine needles for the second layer of this. But this time I'm doing pure paint. Little bit in there. So it looks like the same branch and not a completely different branch. All right. There we go. So I'm going to let that completely dry. Once it's dry, we'll be ready to assemble our card and then add the extra accents on top. We'll see in a bit. 4. Santa Card Accents & Assembly: All right, Our painting is all dried up, so now we can peel off the masking, takes a little bit to get a grip on it, to peel it up. So once you do it gets a little bit easier. It's very stretchy, so you're probably break it as you lift it up, but that's totally fine. What you'll find is as you get a little chunk in your hand, you can kind of use it to stick and grab what's left on there. When it comes off pretty easy and you see how pristine and white that was areas that we have the masking on. They're just protecting them really, really nicely. One right up here. Perfect. That gets tossed in the garbage. Now we're going to take our distress ink pad and a jumbled Arbor. And the color that I'm using is gathered twig. So it's the same color that I painted the branches on. And I'm just going to lightly ink the edges of the card. And what I'm doing is I have, this is a rounded jumbled Arbor, and I also have it tilted. So I'm just catching the edge of it. I don't want to have a harsh line at all and I'm doing it on a slippery surface. So this man here is fairly slippery. So it's just easily letting me slide my daughter there to ink that so that just add some shadow and dimension behind there. So now typically I would add my accent and then glue my car together. But I'm gonna do it this way so that it's all within one video. So I'm going to glue my red piece down to the card base. And then I'm gonna do my image piece down. And the first thing that we're going to do is I am going to add some fun flock to Santa's beard. So I'm going to add my distress collage medium. And I actually added it to his beard and I also added it to the fur on the jacket. So I'm gonna put some little distress collage medium down. And then I'm adding fun flock. And fun flock is, it's just flock. And what it does is wherever you put it, it just makes it fuzzy. So it's a nice texture to have on a card. So you can see this one here. I didn't mascot. So it's the same color as the background. This one here, I masked it and I just wanted to do the difference to show you that the fun flock itself doesn't add color. So this one, even though it's white fun flock is pretty much transparent. So if you want it to be nice and white like that, you're gonna wanna make sure that you do mass off that section so that it remains nice and white. So I'm gonna do that first before I do anything else. Because if I do this later on and I have wet still goes on here, which is going to be my next step. I'm going to end up blocking listicles, which works. You absolutely can flock stick holes because tuples is a glitter glue. So having a glue base to it, it would definitely, the fun flock would definitely stick to it. And it's something that I like to do sometimes I like to put sticklers first and then put the funds locked down because then you have the best of both worlds. You have a little bit of sickles, little bit of glitter, and you also have the softness of the fund block. And block is not something that's used a lot anymore in part making, but I just like the extra texture it gives. Especially if you happen to be giving it to say, a family that has kids or whatever, it's just fun having something that has a little soft area on it. So I've got my queer star Jelly Roll pen that I am putting on the berries and I also put it on the white part of the candy cane. And it's gonna make it nice and sparkle. You can even put it on the red part of the candy cane. It's just going to, the red is going to show a rate through. But it just adds a nice touch, a sparkle there. It doesn't add any, any dimension, it just outputs sparkle. And then last, but not least, I'm going to put some glossy accents on the ornament. Now, you're going to want to try avoid as much of the painting, the green from the vines as possible. Because that is diabetes. As soon as you add moisture, It's going to rehydrate that. So if you accidentally get it on some of the green, that's probably going to run and seep into your ornament, just be forewarned about that. So once you have it completely covered, typically what I do is I leave the room because this is gonna take a while to dry. And if I leave it on MySpace and keep working and know this from experience, I tend to put something on top of it and end up ruining my card. So I will leave that alone and then leave the room. But this is what it does. So it's nice and glossy. It as just a touch, a dimension, not so much that it's going to add extra postage if you're mailing it, but it's just a fun, different texture to add to your objects. I also like using this on like if you have something that has eyes, I like using the glossy octet from eyes or something with water, that sort of thing. It's just, I loved the glossiness that it adds to it. So this card is done. I will see you in the next one where we start our snowmen card. 5. Snowman Card Stamping & Painting: All right, The next card that we're going to work on is this snowman one here. So we're going to use some watercolor crayons for this. These happen to be ones from stamping out that I got many, many, many, many years ago. I don't even know if they exist anymore, but there are many, many companies that make them. What I like about them is they have a little bit of opacity to them. They're not quite as transparent as three anchors I used on. The Santa Clara thing that we're gonna do is once our painting is completely dry, we are going to be adding some texture paste and some glitter to the snowman to give him a little bit. So this time I already checked to make sure that I am going to be stamping on that side of my watercolor paper. Inking my stamp. I want to make sure that it's got lots of ink on it. And you may notice the grid marks on my blocks. You can find some that don't have it as well. But sometimes it's really handy if you line up something that you want to have straight up and use that as a bit of a guide as you're as you're working. The first thing I'm gonna do is I'm going to work on the shading. Might want to use this one here for that. I'm working on the shading underneath to be ornamental greenery. So the thing with the watercolor grams, I could scribble them onto a piece of plastic and color with them. I could scribble onto my watercolor paper and then color with them. But what I tend to like doing is just using my brush rate to them and getting the color that way. If I happen to do that and I have a little bit too much color and I can take a paper towel and dab the excess off. And then same is there we incur I put my crayon where I want the color to be the darkest. And then I blend it out and feed it out a little bit. I typically like to have it, especially with this background part. So it's faded out to nothing. So we need more paint. You just go back to the crayon and get a little bit more. And I'm, for this particular one, I am painting anywhere there are cross hatch marks underneath the ornament for some shadow. And I don't want a lot of shadow. I don't want a really dark shadow. I just want very light, just a hint of the shading underneath it. Anytime I want to take some of the excess paint off of my brush, I just wipe it onto my paper towel. It will suck it right off. And the other thing that I do is I keep my scraps of watercolor paper when I'm trimming things down. So if I don't really, if I'm working on something and I've already done this one obviously, so I know what colors I want to use and what I want it to look like. But if while I'm working, I'm wondering whether a color is going to look nice with it. I'll go take my brush. Let's try this one here. And I'll put it on my thing there. And I can kind of see without actually committing to my actual project here. So I am going to use this one here. I'm going to put a little bit on the scarf and rotate your image so that it's easier for you to get up. And what I'm trying to do is I've got wet paint here, so I'm trying to work away from that. I don't want to be putting wet right next to wet. These crayons are less likely to believe them there we anchors are. But I still want to try to work on drier areas so that I get clean lines outside. If there's any wetness outside of it, it's going to start to bleed a little bit and you'll have a little bit less control over it varies here. And basically for the berries, I'm just calling around the edges and then I'm taking the excess of the color off my brush and then just filling it in. And if after doing that, I want a little bit more like this here, I want it a little bit darker here. I can go back and add that, take the excess off, and then blend that a little bit in. And you do want to have a little bit of contrast. You want to have some lights and darks. And the nice thing with these images is with the cross hatches on the images that show you exactly where the shading is. So you don't even need to figure it out for yourself where you want the shooting to go. All right, so those berries are done. I'm cleaning my brush off and I am going to do some of the greenery. So taken the lightest green, I'm going to cover the holy with it. And I typically start from the inside wherever I want it darkest and then work my way out. And then I want a little bit darker in the center. So for this one, I'm actually just going to color some of the darker down the spine while it's still wet. And then I'm going to use my brush to blend it out. So I'll still get that harsh line there. That's what happens when you do go directly onto the paper, you get a little bit more harsh lines. But for this particular one, I don't mind it as much. It really depends on what image or what you are coloring. Because there's definitely some things that you wouldn't want really harsh lines on. But there are some that you've wood if it's suitable for it. All right. So again, just in the center. My brush to blend it out. While everything is still wet. My brush off. This particular set that I have didn't actually have a black for the hat. So I'm just using a maybe. But there's enough colors going on. That's it works. So again, do the darkest where the cross hatches are on the image and then blend that out. I don't need to do anything else on the snowman other than this carrot nose. Because we're going to be putting texture paste over the rest of them anyways. Now I'm going to do the yellow for the straw for their brew. Little bit. Remember which I used to actually, but I'm going to do a couple of lines here. And again, it works perfectly on the broom because there would be binds with the straw. And now for the pine needles here. So I'm taking my lightest of the greens. I'm going to just do a layer lightly over top starting at the center and brushing a little bit out so that starkest in the center. And then I'm gonna do that for this branch of the pine needles as well. On that one there. And then I'm gonna take my darker color. And you're just following the lines of the image. You could, if you want, go back, go in and do some coloring. The thing with coloring directly onto the paper, you don't really get too many lights and darks. And at sometimes there's a little bit harsh. So I'm just doing it with a brush for this one because I want to make sure that I get it darker in the center and lighter as I pull my brush out. Just want to have some of the contrast in there. If there's no lights and darks, it tends to look a little bit fake. And right, so that is done. I realize I didn't get a little bit of shading color in here. There should be some there. And the last thing could you is the autonomous. So the ornaments I'm actually doing with the cuter perfect pearls that I have sitting in my tray here. I'm just going to go all the way around. And I do a little bit heavier where the ornaments have some shading to it. So once this is completely dry, I have some green patina, perfect girls that I'm going to do just that the details on the ornament. And then after that I just used a gold pen for the last part. So I'm going to let this completely dry. And then I'm just going to add those green lines to it. But I'll see you in the next video where we're going to start to add some of the texture based. 6. Snowman Card Accents & Assembly: All right, So our watercolor here is completely dry, so we are going to add the texture paste on the snowman. So I have a really tiny pencil brush here. And I'm just using to help put it down there. And it does get a bit finicky getting used to putting down pencil based or texture based on the distance. A brush. And I paste is a little bit on the dry side right now, so it's not wanting to stick to the paper as much. But if you twist your brush down. And then I'm also using a stencil motion because I want to have some snow IV texture to the paste and get it down off of the brush and then you can kind of spread it around your snowman. And if you happen to have texture paste, like I'm using a ranger texture case, that goes a little bit hard. You can use for ranger, I don't know whether it works for other texture pace, but I know what works for the Ranger one. You can use their ranger districts spray and you can spray it on the texture piece and it will rehydrate it. Just a little tip. Some of that has gone hard. And I've had a jar that's gone nearly completely hard and I was able to get it back just by using the distress rates. So just a little tip. If you happen to have some that's not so great anymore. Let's try and get it back with some pressure to stress free brushes. All right, so that's good. I'm going to take a toothpick and I am going to use it to clear off the spots that I'm going to do. The black dots for his, the stones, rocks, little buttons. Make sure you put your lid back on your distress. Paste. I'm going to add some rock candy glitter on top of this just because I want it to have the texture, but I also wanted to have some sparkle to it. The excess of the glitter in your backpack and your container here. And then I'm going to use accents and I notice that I'm putting an extra were off on this one that I didn't put on the sample and that's okay. And it's likely not going to be a perfect circle because of the texture piece around it. But that's okay. I kind of wanted that I wanted it to be an even like her walk it over there. But because this is all still wet, it's easy enough to pick it up from there. All right. So I am going to let this dry completely and then I will finish assembling my card so I'll see you in your time. And if you said, alright, so our snowman is dry, but I made an error and I have to tell you about it. So I have the texture paste on there with the glitter wet and then added the and now the black enamel exons and it all ran into each other. So learn from my mistakes. Wait until that's all dry and then put the black enamel accents and let that dry on its own. So that doesn't happen to you. And I can still show you how to complete the rest of the car. With this. I will end up redoing this and making a difference, making a new image for my cart. So you're going to take the gathered twigs ink. You're going to lightly ink the edges of your card here for edges of your image piece. A little bit of shading, little bit of dimension. I've got my cream card-based. I'm going to put my green mat on there and I'm not going to glue it right now just because I'm going to redo this. But what you would do is glue the green mat to the card base and then glue your image piece on there and look at this one instead. And then after that, taking just the gold gel pen, I'm just adding a little bit of gold in with the green perfect pearl accents. I just found it looked a little bit plane on its own. And I kind of thought that the gold made it pop a little bit more, a little bit more on that card there. So now this NO MAN card isn't done. I will see you. For the next card we're gonna do, uh, Holly, and we're going to do a full watercolor techniques and we're not actually going to be using a brush. We're going to be doing a little bit different. We'll see you then. 7. Holly Card Faux Watercolour Stamping: Now we're on to this card here and this one, we're not actually going to be using the water brush to do any water coloring. We're going to be doing a foe watercolor technique. And we're going to be doing it with some Tombow markers on a silhouette stamp. And this particular technique works best on a silhouette stamp. A tumble markers are a dye based marker, so they work perfectly for this technique. Because we're going to, once we've colored this entire image, we're going to use a misting bottle to miss water to rehydrate all the ink that we have colored. I'm just going to leave my cap off there for a second. And we've got some red for the berries. And you do want to be fairly careful with your markers when you're coloring this, you don't want to be rough with them because you can start damaging your markers if you're super, super rough with them. You don't need to necessarily do this quickly because we are using the water to rehydrate the ink so you don't need to worry about the pen drawing. It will dry as you're coloring. It will dry so there's no need to worry about it doing it, it's going to. But we have missing water that we're going to use for all the ink, so there's no need to rush. And I've chosen a very fairly simple image for this. We're only using four different colors. You can choose a stamp that's as simple or as complex as you like. But I would suggest when you're starting out, to start out with something simple, it's much easier to go and make it a little bit more elaborate once you've started out with something simple and you understand the technique. So we've got this all colored. I'm simply going to missed that particular one. I did it to go three times. I want to make sure that the stamp is completely covered with water. It doesn't need to be flowing off, but it doesn't need to be colored covered with water because it's going to hydrate all that ink. Now I do have some ink still on there, so I'm going to do a second stamp. And then I'm going to do a third stamp here. And there we go. So now we need to let that dry completely before we can continue on with the rest of the cart. But we'll do next is we'll do the stamping or do the inking and stuff like that around the edges. But this needs to be completely dry and it's not gonna take too long. But we can't do the rest of it while this is still wet, we're going to smear it if we do. So, I'll see you in the next video. We're going where we're going to complete our cart. 8. Holly Card Assembly: Our image is completely dry, so we're now ready for the next step. So what I'm going to do is I have this stamp set here, textile over it. And I'm inking it with antithrombin distress ink and it's a really, really pale color. What I'm trying to do with this is I'm just adding some texture to the background. So you don't have to have this exact stamp set. You could use music, you could use just a light texture in the back. It's just gonna, it's gonna make it so it's not quite so plane. So once I have that one stamped, I'm taking my jumbo daughter and my gathered twigs ink. And I'm just lightly inking the edges just to give it a little bit of shadow. There. You go. To take my card base. And this particular one, I have some gold carts off that I'm going to use for the mat. And the reason I did that is because we have a gold ribbon here that we're going to add a bot with. And then we also are going to use a clear stardust pen just to add some gold shimmer to the first set of barriers that we stamped. Just to give it a like an extra little blink rate on the card. And the fluorine, the mat down first. I'm going to go Lou. Cuz you took my pen and you won't even see it on the camera. Likely, it's just got a really, really subtle gold shimmer to it. To warm up, just add a little bit. It's not, It's not doing it. So I'll show you the sample here so you see how when I turn it in the light, how you get a little bit of shimmer there. That's what that pin does. And I know why I'm using my empty pen instead of my full pen. That's going to make a ton of difference. There. There we go. You could do all of the berries if you want. But I kinda wanted to keep the focus on that center stem. So I only did the barriers there. There we go. That's much better. So now you can see the shimmer on there. Let's toss that clay soil, mix them up again. Now we're going to tie a bow and cut the extra bits off. And I always cut my ribbons at an angle because I just think it looks better to use a little bit of my stress collage medium to glue it in place. Now because it's a liquid glue, it's going to take a few minutes for it to dry. So I bought it suck on there and then I'm going to set it aside to dry so that this current is completely done. So a nice simple card, but it's got some billing and texture to it. So we'll see you in the next one and we're going to do the Christmas tree card. 9. Tree Card Faux Watercolour Stamping & Accent Prepping: Now we're going to work on this tree part here. So it is a full stamping technique done with impasse. Now you have to use dye based in costs for this. It will not work with other types of impacts that are not die base. So I've got my bundle sage down, that was the first color that I put down. And then I just tap the corners in different areas, width my field paint. And now I am going to do my forest loss. And I'm going around the edges of the tree to give it some shading. And then I'm just tapping some of the areas just again, give it some shading, give it some dimension. And I missed it it twice. That was enough to get it completely covered. I want to hold my stamp firmly in place and then press around all the edges to make sure that I've got some good contact. And then I'm going to lift my stamp out there. So there we go. I'm going to let that aside to dry. And while that's drying, we are going to get these accessories ready. And what they actually are is Brad's. So I don't know about you. But I have an entire case full of graphs that don't use so often anymore, and this is a good way to use them. Now, having said that, it adds some extra dimension to your card. So if you're mailing your card out, you may just want to use some testicles. But for someone that you're giving the cartoon that you don't necessarily have to pay postage for. It's a great way to use up your Brad's. It adds some extra dimension to it, a fun technique to do. I love doing this technique when I want to change the color of something. For instance, sometimes you have bought a set of brands that you weren't really work with. It's not colors that you normally work with, but it's a great way to use them up and not have them go to waste. So I've got a verse of Mark pad here. And I kind of have this dedicated, had dedicated to this particular technique because sometimes you get little bits of literature that like that in it. So I'm tapping my Brad rate into the ink and then I'm going to tap it into the embossing powder, and then I'm gonna use my heat gun to melt it. There we go. So this particular 11 coat was enough. We're gonna do some of this red glitter ink for the round breads, for the ornaments. And you'll notice that we end up meeting two coats. One isn't quite enough to cover the broad completely. So once again, we're going to press our Brad into the ink and then into the whole litter. Heat it. And then while it's still hot, It's nice and sticky, so we just tap it back in there. And this particular powder, it's really easy to see when it's embossed because it goes a darker shade. The trickier ones are these tinier ones. And always make sure you turn it around so that your heat embossing the opposite side too. All right, so have those on my mat to just cool down a bit because they're metal, they emboss super, super quickly, but that metal also gets bought Quaker method. So once you've got them embossed, if you wanted to, you could pierce your paper and Pearson right through. But what I like to do is I like to take the backs of the browser aid off and they're super easy to do. You just take, you can't do both sides at the same time. You have to do them one at a time and just wiggle it back and forth and get it off that way. Loops. And then we're going to use our distress collage medium to glue it in place. First thing to be the hardest one to do, but it will come up. Sometimes it takes extra wiggles. All right, so we're going to let this completely dry and then we will assemble our card together. 10. Tree Card Assembly: Our tree is dry, but before we go assembling the card, I could assemble it with just plain red paper, but since we have read glittery card stock, I thought it would be fun to glitter the edges of the card stock as well. So we're going to use our same versa Merck pad. I'm just pressing it on the sides of little local Min powder. They're just I'm just pressing out on the sides of the card stock. I will have a little spoon in here just for this, I'm going to put the powder right on top of That's ink memory, go at the accessor and then melt it. And do that on all four sides. So I'm going to do it on the opposite side so that I let that side cool down. I started heat embossing here and ended in there. This is going to be cooler. So I'm going to do that science and they're super simple, but a great way to get matching cart stuff. Last but not least, they had a blast. There we go, our Twitter cards doc is already. So I'm going to get card base. And let's glue this down. Here we go. I'm going to use containers to just the corners of that down while I ink the edges of a tree piece. There we go. We set everything up right before I started filming a video and I forget where it. Maybe you didn't want to ink the edges. You don't necessarily have to. I just find that it adds a little bit of dimension to the card. I like doing it. But it went looked like it was incomplete if you didn't do that. And hopefully down the tree to use. And then I'm going to take some stick goals, diverse lens that I use here. I'm just going to add a little bit of sparkle garland on the tree. And I kinda typically do like a little X pattern. You can really no right or wrong if you find that you, by doing this, if you find there's an empty piece or whatever that you want with a piece of art with that little stranded Garland unit. Do it. That's no big deal. Now you're going to have to be a little bit careful as we are putting these pieces down because we've got wet sticklers there. So I'm going to do right up there, but my star on. And then I typically put my big ones on first and put a bigger glob of glue. I want to make sure that it sticks to the inside of that. Brad. And I have I'm just following my completed card. What I did for my sample is I just laid them out first so that I can see exactly what I wanted all of my pieces to go. But I did go and lay out the big ones first. Then that a little bit. I don't want necessarily want them rate in line. I laid out my big ones first and then I filled in the gaps with the small brands. And for the small ones, obviously you need less glue so you don't need to put quite as much as you did for the fake ones there. And like I said, if you're wanting to send a card like this to someone and mail it, rather than having the extra bulk and have to pay extra for posters because it's so thick, I would just use testicles. And but this is just one of those techniques that often when I show people, they're wowed by it. And especially like for instance, the star, you may have noticed that it was pink when I started, before I made it a goal. Sometimes you can't find brands that are the colors that you want. But you happen to have embossing coders that are the colors that you want. So they're super, super easy to change and customize them to your project. So this cart is complete. I'm just going to set this aside to dry completely. 11. Watercolour Christmas Card Class Thank You: Thank you so much for joining me for this class. I hope you enjoyed learning how to watercolor using all those different techniques and different mediums. If you had any questions, please feel free to reach out and ask me, I'm happy to help. Otherwise, we'll see you in the next class.