WWC163 – Penny’s “All About Christmas” Challenge

This week at Watercooler Wednesdays we are looking for Christmas cards. I wasn’t sure what to make for my DT project, but eventually decided on some simple watercolouring with a reindeer stamp.

I started by stamping the reindeer, from the Docrafts Create Christmas Reindeer stamp set, onto some watercolour paper then clear heat embossing it.

I added water within the lines of the reindeer image, them started to paint it using my Gansai Tambi paints. I used gold for the antlers, then a rich brown for the body of the deer. I tried to keep fairly loose with my colours with lots of water and allowing the gold and brown to bleed onto eachother and blend together.

I allowed the reindeer to dry before moving on to my background. Here I used very light washes of blue and green to give the impression of a scene. Once I was happy with the colour I let it dry.

For the sentiment I used a stamp from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages, which I stamped and heat embossed in gold.

I wanted to further tie in the gold so I added gold washi tape all around the edge of my card base. I trimmed my watercolour panel to be just smaller than the card base and adhered it into place popped up on foam tape.

I can’t decide if I like this card or not. Sometimes I do, and other times I don’t. The background did not turn out how I had planned – there are some harsh lines from pooling which I would have rather hadn’t happened. But I do like the way the deer itself turned out.


Lady Joyful

Challenges included:

52 Christms Card Throwdown – Embossing (edit – where it got an honourable mention!)

Christmas At Sweet Stampin’ – Anything Christmas

Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas

HLS Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas and Optional: Reindeer (edit – where it was chosen as a favourite!)

HLS Watercolour Challenge – Anything Goes

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes

Paru’s Card Making Challenges – Colour

Rudolph Days – Anything Christmas

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – Christmas


Check out what the rest of the DT made:

Charlotte (that’s me!)








32 thoughts on “WWC163 – Penny’s “All About Christmas” Challenge

  1. Great choice of stamp for your Christmas Occasions card Charlotte. I love how you’ve blended the golds and browns on the deers body. Great mix. Your beautiful sky/ground background really works for me too. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Hi Charlotte, a pretty Christmas card for your stash, love the deer stamp used. Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends… good luck in the prize draw…. Megan DT LPoCF

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  3. What a beautiful card, Charlotte. Your watercolouring brings it to life! The golds and browns of the leaping deer blend so well while the shading gives it a real 3-D effect. I love the background wash of colour. Those lines give the appearance of movement, making me feel that the deer is displacing the frigid air and blowing snow. A stunning card—well done!

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  4. such a lovely christmas card; i love the soft washes of colour in the background behind the elegant reindeer! thank you so much for playing along with us at the rudolph days challenge!
    DT rudolph days challenge

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  5. A lovely card, simple but very effective. I really like the background, which shows off the deer beautifully. Thank you for playing at Christmas at Sweet Stampin’. Tracey x

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  6. A lovely card! The soft water coloured background really makes the deer stand out. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge

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