Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Christmas Happiness

Well, it’s Friday.  And….yes, it’s really Friday!  We’re getting tomorrow (and Sunday!!) off!!  Whoo-hooo!

And – I’m feeling particularly perky cuz – although I have to fly to CA and back next week (bleh), I splurged and upgraded myself to First Class!  I justified it to myself every which way from Sunday  – some valid… others…reaching a bit.  But – in the end…yep.  I pulled the trigger!

So, to celebrate, let’s talk about a card that uses one of my favorite techniques – the Triple Time technique.  It’s super easy to do and looks like it took forever.  Add in the Christmas Happiness pines and pine cones and a couple of gorgeous sentiments from Watercolor Christmas and it’s a slam dunk!  Take a look-see:

I started the way most Triple Time cards start – I cut three panels of decreasing size of Very Vanilla card stock (okay – Triple Time cards do not have to be Very Vanilla, you know what I meant!) and stacked them up.  On the smallest panel, I heat embossed a small sentiment from the Watercolor Wishes stamp set in Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

When it was cool, I used a teensy dab of Liquid Glue between the layers to gently – and temporarily! – hold them together for stamping.

I stamped the Christmas Happiness pine bough image several times across the layers with Old Olive ink.  Then I used the medium pine cone outline image and stamped it in Early Espresso.  Finally, I added a couple of Christmas lights in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

I used my new Stampin’ Blends to color the images – the two Crumb Cake pens for the pine cones, the two Daffodil Delight and Old Olive pens for the lights!

I carefully pulled the layers apart and matted each one on a piece of Wood Textures DSP.  Then I added the two middle layers with Stampin’ Dimensionals – making sure my stamped images lined up correctly!

For my pine cone embellishments, I turned to the ever-faithful Pretty Pines Thinlits.  I cut a couple of short pine boughs from Old Olive card stock and adhered them with Liquid Glue.  The pine cones are cut from Wood Textures DSP (same design as my mats) and the backs are from Copper Foil.  I adhered them together with Liquid Glue and popped them on with Liquid Glue and a Stampin’ Dimensional.

I tied a little bow from Jute Twine and adhered it with a Glue Dot.  And that was it for the card front!

On the inside, I inked the Christmas Happiness pine bough in Old Olive ink, stamped it off once on scrap paper, and stamped it in the middle of a Very Vanilla panel.  Over the top of that, I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and stamped a second sentiment from Watercolor Christmas in Versamark Ink.  Then I sprinkled it with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heated it up!

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to its Wood Textures DSP mat and into my Thick Very Vanilla card base, Fast Fuse’d the card front on and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got another Christmas Happiness pine bough and cone on the front. I colored the cone with my Stampin’ Blends…

…and I added more of the Wood Textures DSP to the envelope flap.  Aaannndddd…when I remembered the “Stampin’ Blends bleed thru” adage (which I did when I saw where it had bled thru!!) I added another pine bough and cone.  But – for that one, I folded a scrap of paper and put it between the layers to protect the front of the envelope! 🙂

Et Voila!  Triple Time Technique!  Christmas Happiness pine cones and boughs!  Gorgeous sentiments from Watercolor Christmas!  What’s not to love?!  I hope you do! 🙂




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Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, score and fold at 4 1/4″)

Wood Textures DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 3″ x 4″ (mat for middle layer); 2″ x 2 3/4″ (mat for sentiment layer); Pretty Pines die cut pine cones; envelope flap

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); 2 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ (middle layer); 1 7/8″ x 2 5/8″ (sentiment layer)  

Old Olive Card Stock: Pretty Pines pine boughs  

Copper Foil:  Pretty Pines pine cones

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12 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Christmas Happiness

  1. Love it! Was there a reason you used DSP for the mats rather than Early Espresso or one of the other dark browns? It really shows up on the envelope flap but I can’t distinguish on the card. Does it show up more in real life? Just curious because I only have one sheet of that DSP 🙂 Glad you have a two-day weekend.

    • You can tell it’s “woody” in real life. And it has just a little “life” to it that plain card stock wouldn’t give it. I took a beat, too, before I used it as a mat – there are several wood designs I really like in the Wood Textures DSP and I’m kind of stingy with them! Thanks so much, Karen! 🙂

  2. I love it , Mary! It looks so pretty with those extra pine cones and pine boughs. The inside is beautifully done, too. Super card.

  3. Just beautiful Mary!! The colors are just perfect and the touch of wood texture DSP is perfect! Great card! 🙂

  4. Kate

    Had me from the jump!

  5. Kathy L

    Pine branches, pinecones, ok, sign me up! Love it! It’s a beauty. I felt a little like Karen about using the wood dsp. I think I’d try to cut out the centers of the layers to save them for later.

  6. Susan K

    Et Voila! I love it! I’ve never tried that technique but always think they’re pretty and look more complicated than you make it sound! Love the inside too. TFS.

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