Make the most of your coloring…

Good morning, friends! Emily here with you today to give you a few ideas on how to make the most of the gorgeous coloring that takes so much of our valuable time. The Ton has so many gorgeous background stamps, and this is one of my favorite ways to maximize the time I spend meticulously coloring those stunning and detailed backgrounds. (I’m coming to realize that I have a little bit of a control issue when it comes to my watercoloring…. haha!!) I have an example of a card that would be easy to mass produce and one that is a little more involved, so let’s get started!


To start, I began by heat embossing the Poinsettia Garden background on a 5.5×5.5 inch piece of Bristol watercolor paper using silver detail embossing powder. I then used Distress Inks that I tapped onto a clear block to watercolor the images.


This first card is the simpler card, one that could be easily mass-produced. I started by trimming a 2″ strip of the watercolored Poinsettia Garden background, then adhered it off-center on the card base. I then cut two strips of dark green card stock and added them over the top of the watercolored panel using dimensional adhesive. I die cut the “Merry Christmas” using our newly released Holiday Word Dies. (Isn’t that font just so pretty and retro?!) I used some of the Silver Glitter Adhesive paper that I first adhered to some scrap card stock, then die cut. (I did this for added stability over the popped-up opening. Plus the otherwise-useful adhesive would have attracted cat hair, and nobody wants a Christmas card covered in cat hair…) A few silver sequins added the final finishing touch. This card would be really easily mass-produced if you decreased the width of the watercolored strip! You could probably get at least 3-4 cards from one 6×6 watercolored panel!


This next card is a little more involved, but I am really loving it. The watercolored panel is a little wider, there’s a little more sparkle, and a little more shine. I cut a 3 inch strip of the Poinsettia Garden ¬†watercolored panel and adhered it to the center of my card base. I then cut two 1×5.5″ panels for the sides, adding red foil strips to the sides. I adhered those to the edges of the card base, overlapping them with the watercolored panel.


The next step was to add the greeting. I used the same Holiday Word dies, this time focusing on the “Merry and Bright” portion. I die cut the words twice from regular card stock, then added the silver adhesive glitter paper again to some scrap card stock, then die cut that with the word dies again. I adhered all of them together, creating some nice, thick, dimensional die cuts. The final step was to add some more silver sequins. I really love the look of this one! This one could be mass produced fairly quickly, too, if you just used regular single die cuts. You could even forgo the watercoloring and simply heat emboss the background… it’s certainly detailed enough that you don’t have to spend the extra time watercoloring it!

Well, that’s all for me today, and I hope you enjoyed these projects! I’m all about making the most of my time in the craft room, so I hope my tips for easy holiday cards were useful for you. Have a fantastic weekend, friends!

3 thoughts on “Make the most of your coloring…

  1. Christy Bray says:

    Emily these cards are stunning! Love them. And what really helps me is seeing how you used the dark green paper to make the bright water coloring pop. I always want to use the more traditional colors but I don’t want a dark card – you solved that problem! Ha! Thank you for sharing your work and tips!!!


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