1. Fold navy blue card stock rectangle in half crosswise for card. Using either a stamp wheel with handle and navy ink cartridge or a background stamp with navy stamp pad, stamp background pattern on front of card.
  2. Use glue pen either to highlight portions of the stamped star background image or to randomly dot background. Sprinkle the glitter on the background and tap off excess. Let dry.
  3. With navy ink, stamp angel on white watercolor paper. Using either a moistened watercolor brush or a blender pen, trace outline of stamped angel, carefully drawing out ink to create shadows and highlights or coloring in select areas of the image. Let dry.
  4. String the beads on the silver cord. Wrap the cord twice around the front half of the folded navy card stock, positioning beads on the front of card. Secure ends of cord with adhesive on the front of card so that they will be covered by the stamped watercolor paper.
  5. Using the blade of a scissors, distress the edges of the watercolor paper to create a frayed effect. Adhere paper to front of card, covering the ends of cord.

Jen’s Project Pointers

  • It’s important to use a dye-based ink pad for the watercoloring technique. A permanent ink or pigment ink will not create the same effect.
  • Any outlined image stamp will work beautifully with this watercolor technique. Just cut your paper to fit the size.
  • For variety and visual appeal, set your main image off center on the front of the card.

Christmas Angel Handmade Card c/o Jen Olski of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Photos by Country Woman.