Sneak Peek of Beachy Little Christmas with Watercolor

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko with a sneak peek of Beachy Little Christmas from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog

Sneak Peek of Beachy Little Christmas with Watercolor

Today I’m featuring a sneak peek of an awesome new stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog called Beachy Little Christmas. This adorable stamp set celebrates Christmas in the tropics.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko with a sneak peek of Beachy Little Christmas from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog: Color Inspiration: Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight

Okay, okay, I’m from Minnesota and we have a white Christmas almost every year. It’s very picturesque… but it is also very, very cold. Someday I would love to spend Christmas (or maybe the whole winter) someplace that has never seen a snowflake. I’d make snowmen out of sand, sip tropical drinks on the beach, and never even think about having to put on a parka just to go to the mailbox to check for Christmas cards.

This year, I’ll just think tropical thoughts with the super fun Beachy Little Christmas stamp set.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko with a sneak peek of Beachy Little Christmas from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #100!

With this special challenge, each participant gets to choose one of the designers to CASE (copy and selectively edit). It was difficult to chose one person; I wish I had time to CASE everyone! I chose Krista Frattin in the end because I love the watercolor technique she used and I knew I’d have fun playing with watercolor!

Thanks for the wonderful inspiration, Krista!

CASE means Copy and Selectively Edit. The things I copied were the technique with embossing and watercoloring. I also took these amazing tropical colors!

The things I selectively edited were changing the stamp set and using crabs and shells instead of die cut flowers. I also added a Striped Grosgrain ribbon instead of gold sequins and thread.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko with a sneak peek of Beachy Little Christmas from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog

 

Quick Post

I’ve got a busy weekend, filled with visiting relatives and working a joint Halloween project with a friend, so I’m going to skip specific card directions for today. If you have any questions about how to make this card, please feel free to ask in the comments or in an email!

Here’s one more photo!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko with a sneak peek of Beachy Little Christmas from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Stamp Witch Blog Natalie's hand painted signature

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10 thoughts on “Sneak Peek of Beachy Little Christmas with Watercolor”

  1. Amazing! I love the little shells and crab embossed on vellum and fussy cut – such detail! The colours are just perfect!

  2. Love it Natalie. I live where Christmas is like that and have only had a couple of chances (when on a working Holiday in Britain) to experience a white Christmas. LOVED it! Maybe we could do a swap one year??

  3. I love your cards! I do have a quick question though, should you emboss the card before or after adding the watercolors or does it matter? I’m new to using watercolors, but LOVE the effect!

    1. Thanks, Noel! You can do it in either order, for slightly different effects. If you emboss first, the bumpy lines form a bit of a barrier that the water can’t flow around as easily, and you get some interesting color effects where there might be two very different colors right next to each other. If you emboss second, the white looks a little brighter and crisper, because there isn’t even a tiny amount of color on top of it – but you have to make sure the watercolor is totally dry or the embossing powder will stick in places you don’t want it to stick.

  4. I love your card!! Do you have directions for how you did the background? I’m experimenting but nothing is turning out like yours…Any help is appreciated!

    1. I started be adding a light coating of water to the watercolor paper. Then I squeezed the lids of a couple of my ink pads while they were closed to distribute the ink into the lid. Then I dipped the paintbrush in the ink on the lid, then added it to the water on the paper. I kept adding color until it was bright enough for me.

      Watercolor is one of the most unpredictable mediums in art. It is really difficult to make any two of them look exactly the same. Even if I tried to make the same thing again, it would turn out different! Just keep experimenting until you find one that you like, even if it isn’t exactly the same!

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