Hello, HH fans! It’s Andrea back with you today. You might be scratching your head wondering how I got a Christmas card from the September 2019 subsciption box, which is all about feathers and peacocks. Well, I kept looking at the feathers in the various stamp sets, and one in particular reminded me of an evergreen branch; thus, the idea for this card was born!

I decided to use Bristol Smooth paper rather than cardstock for my focal panel as the former can handle water a bit better and I wanted to do a little faux watercoloring. With a pencil I very lightly traced a circle die onto my panel and then erased most of it. The reason for that is the pencil line would be trapped by the ink I put on top of it, and I did not want the line to be visible.

I mounted a feather from the Feather Background and Peacock stamp set onto an acrylic block and repeatedly stamped it with green dye ink. Once I was happy with the shape of my wreath, I used a damp brush to spread the ink. In order to retain the shape and lines of the feathers, make sure your brush has only a slight amount of water in it (After dipping my brush in water, I lightly dragged it against the rim of my container and ran the brush between my finger tips, just barely pinching the bristles). To darken some areas of the wreath, I smooshed my ink pad onto my block and picked up the color with a damp brush. Again, you want to be careful with how much water you have on your brush and how much you “work” the stamped images.

I allowed the wreath to dry (It only took a minute or so as I had used very little water.) and flicked on gold paint. Once that paint was dry, I trimmed down the panel. I also trimmed down the navy cardstock included in the subscription box and adhered the two pieces together onto a white card. That gorgeous sentiment is from Pink & Main’s Merry Christmas Dies. I die-cut it twice – once from red cardstock and another from glitter paper – and layered the die-cuts together on top of my card. I finished the card with a scattering of matte gold sequins from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by! If you haven’t ordered your box yet, I encourage you to do so. The stamp sets are so versatile and so much fun!