Monday, April 25, 2016

Christmas in April

Wow, April already! And I am about as far from Christmas thoughts at this moment as a person can get as we are still on our cruise, which I am quite sure we are enjoying :) But that does not mean you have to miss out on some Christmas-y goodness! I have a hidden treasure for you today :)  There are a few "secret" stamp sets that you can get from Stampin' Up! Why do I call them secret? Well, they were never in a catalog and you have to look for them in the on-line store. In the sidebar menu in the on-line store, click on stamps, then photopolymer, and you will find several that you may not remember ever seeing!

So, I mostly used SU stuff, but I could not resist using my Gansai Tambi and Peerless watercolors for this image. The background is Sahara Sand brushed on with an Aqua-painter, but the rest is painted on with a watercolor brush and those watercolors. I adore how this turned out!

The watercolored panel is popped up on dimensionals because it was just to special to not add that extra dimension. And I made it a top fold card so whoever gets this card can hang it easily for display. Yes, I am a little full of myself with this card, thinking someone else will love it as much as I do :)

But really, who can blame me?! This turned out better than I hoped! There are some shimmery and metallic colors in the Gansai Tambi set, and I think you can see then in this close-up. And I used some of my precious supply of the retired Pewter embossing powder. I don't have much left... in this container...I have a spare :)

Even the inside of this card got some special treatment!! I stamped and watercolored the star image, then stitched the vellum sentiment over the top. LOVE this!

So, how are your Christmas projects coming? I hope I am inspiring you to get a much needed head start on yours :)

As always, if you have seen something you need for your crafting life, just click the image in the supply list below and it will take you to my store! If you order less than $150, please use this month's Host Code, which can be found at the top of the sidebar on the right. 

And be sure to check the box allowing me to contact you when you check out. I can't send you a thank you card if I don't know your address! And I promise to only send you happy mail, no junk mail :)

I have included the ink pads in the colors you could substitute for the Gansai Tambi and Peerless watercolors. 

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