Hi HHH friends!

I have a bit of a different post today sharing with you how I created these Metallic Christmas Trees using metallic watercolors on regular card stock!  Yes – I didn’t use watercolor paper for this, and I think it turned out great!  I am also going to share my tutorial in pictures instead of a video.

To start, I am sharing with you the main products I am using on my card.

The stamp set comes from the November 2019 Box – I am only using the Christmas tree image to create my background.  I am using a piece of dark gray heavyweight card stock, as well as some metallic watercolors from Altenew.

I start stamping my Christmas tree image with Versamark ink, which is a sticky ink for heat embossing.  What I didn’t show here is me prepping my card stock first with an anti-static powder bag, as this will prevent stray embossing powder sticking where I don’t want it.

After heat setting my white embossing powder, I gathered what I needed to color in these Christmas Trees – my metallic paints, paintbrush, and some water.

The key to using these metallic watercolors on regular card stock is you don’t have to use a lot of water to get a lot of color pay off.  These are high quality, and that is one of the biggest reasons I achieved this without having to use watercolor paper.

The hardest thing with photos, though, is to capture the beautiful sheen you get.  So, the pictures don’t do this card justice.  But, you will see for yourself if you decide to try out these watercolors, how beautiful they are.  For the Christmas trees, I did use two tones of green that are available, to give a bit of variation to my background.

After I finished up painting all of these trees in, I set aside my panel to dry a bit, and I worked on a sentiment.  I felt I needed a die-cut sentiment for it to stand out against this background, so I just found a ‘Merry’ word die cut within my stash and die cut it four times from white card stock, and once from black.

Once I stacked all of the die cuts together, I had a beautiful dimensional sentiment to stand out from the background.  To finish the card, I just ran my background piece through my die cut machine with a stitched regular die to give it a finished edge. Then, I adhered my sentiment with some liquid glue and adhered the panel to my white A2 card base.

And this card is complete!  I hope this inspires you to check out these watercolors from Altenew.  And, also create some fun backgrounds using the stamps from the November box, or any other HHH boxes!  See you soon!

Kari W.