Christmas Night (With Video) – CIC 425

I’m back with another Design Team card for the latest Cupcake Inspirations Challenge. It took me a while to work out what I wanted to do for this prompt. I went back and forth on a couple of ideas, but then I came up with this one and knew it was what I needed to do! I’m glad I chose it because I love how it turned out. It’s simple but striking nonetheless.

This week’s challenge is sponsored by Lawn Fawn who are providing a $25 gift certificate to a lucky randomly chosen winner. I used a Lawn Fawn stamp from my stash for the sentiment of this card.

I started by quartering a piece of Tim Holtz 8.5×11 Distress Watercolour Paper. I got this paper in a card kit several months ago, and chose to use it as it is much whiter than the other watercolour papers I have.

With my watercolour panel prepared I added a wash of water across it, leaving a slight boundary around the edges. I added it fairly roughly at the edges as I wanted the line to be somewhat natural looking. I then started adding in colour using my Gansai Tambi watercolour paints. I began with a wash of 64 Blue – the lightest blue I was using. I then dropped in 66 Menthol Violet and 67 Deep Blue to build depth in the colour. I then set the panel aside to dry.

Once it was almost completely dry I added another layer of colour. This time I added it in as random segments of each colour, allowing them to merge at the edges. Again I added the three blues until I was happy with the depth of colour, then set it aside to dry. This time I let it dry completely, and in fact left it until the following day.

I then wanted to add-on my stars to complete the night sky look. I made a thin mix of 10 White with water, put some on my acrylic block, then flicked it all over the panel with a paintbrush. I then repeated the process with 95 Silver.

Whilst I let my splattered sky dry I moved on to creating my sentiment. I trimmed down a piece of vellum to a 2.5cm tall strip, leaving it long enough to wrap around the back of my card base. I then stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder.

I used the lines on my grid mat to help me line up the sentiment strip on my panel, folded the ends of the vellum around the back, and used double-sided tape to stick it in place. I then adhered the watercolour panel to a side fold card base.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I really love how this card turned out. The watercolouring went so much better than I’d imagined! Asides from the difficulty I had with adhering the watercolour panel to the card base this card was a lot of fun to make. I can see myself doing more of these. It’s a sweet, simple Christmas card. I actually have an idea for a different sentiment to do for it, but I would need to build it myself with letter stamps and I didn’t have the patience for that this time. Maybe one day!


Lady Joyful

Challenges included:

Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – Navy, White and Silver

Less Is More – Watercolour

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes


Check out what the rest of the DT made:

Charlotte (that’s me!)







30 thoughts on “Christmas Night (With Video) – CIC 425

  1. What a fantastic watercolour effect and such depth of colour and different tones you’ve achieved here. It’s a little lacking in that clean, unpatterned ‘white’ space that we love at Less is More but thanks so much for sharing with us and your step by step tutorial is fantastic.

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  2. What a striking and dramatic sky Charlotte – you can just imagine that Santa’s sleigh is going to appear flying across it at any minute. Awesome starry effect from those splatters too. Yes, a little more white space would have kept this truly CAS for our clean and simple challenge but there’s no denying this is a gorgeous card and the vellum sentiment is beautiful. Loved watching the video too. Thanks for popping this into us at Less is More xx

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  3. How stunning the night sky you’ve created…magical! Your video is marvelous; I’ll be returning to try this technique at some point! Inspiring! Thrilled you shared your creativity in the ATSM gallery!

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