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DIY Holiday Card With Watercolor Pencils

Posted by Chrissie Tobas

Create your own fun & festive holiday card with watercolor pencils.

Spruce up your Holiday cards with some watercolor pencil coloring and stencils!

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  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Canson Watercolor Paper
  • Stampers Anonymous Christmas Blueprint 3 stamp
  • Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils
  • Sentimentals: Mistletoe Kisses used sentiment stamp
  • Waterbrush or paint brush
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst: Sepia
  • Memory Box 68522 stencil
  • My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland paper
  • Chalk Pouch or powder (anti-static for clean embossing)

Before I heat emboss, I like to run powder (or a chalk pouch) over the area, especially if it's watercolor. This way, the embossing powder doesn't stick to the paper; only the ink! This step is certainly not required, but it is much easier to get a clean, finished look when you do this!

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Ink up your stamp with Black ink!

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Press is down on your card panel (mine is watercolor and measures 5.25 x 4) and then quickly add some clear embossing powder to it before it dries.

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Activate the powder with a heat gun (be careful - heat guns are really hot!).

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Now it's time to color! By adding embossing, you won't have to worry about ink bleeding at all when we add water (or if you are using regualr pencils and adding gamsol). The embossing powder protects the ink, so the edges with stay nice and crisp.

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I added the color in the areas where there were already shadows on the stamp and then pulled out the color with water. By using a stamp that has shadows, it takes out all of the guesswork for shading!

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Once little Gingie was all colored it, I added some light green to the outsides of him and blended that as well. That made him pop out

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I placed a stencil over the entire panel and secured it down with washi tape (repositionable tape can be used instead).

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Then I added some Color Bursts and sprayed water over it all to activate them. Since the pencils are also activated by water, some of the colors were picked up in the background and I got a really spiffy effect!

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To create the card base, I cut a strip of paper that reminded me of candy canes and adhered it to some Kraft cardstock. Then I added the Gingie to the base!

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By combining watercolor pencils with other media (color burst or sprays, if you prefer to use them instead), you can create a really unique card!

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Happy Crafting!