I am inspired by the colours in the Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper - it has a vintage-vibe, but with fresh, new colours.  This Christmas card may not have any of that designer paper, but the colours are drawn from it... Sahara Sand, Merry Merlot, and copper.  I've combined these gorgeous colours with one of my favourite bundles in the Holiday Catalogue, the Merry Christmas To All stamp set and coordinating Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies.

Merry Christmas To All Christmas Card

Bundles: Merry Christmas To All Stamp Set + Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies (photopolymer: 149952).  Ink: Merry Merlot (147112), Whisper White (147277).  Card/Paper: Sahara Sand (121695), Merry Merlot (147005), Shimmery White (121717), White Vellum (106584).  Accessories: Bright Copper Shimmer Paint (147045), Metallics Sequin Assortment (144214), White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Big Shot Embossing Mats (146327), Subtle 3D Dynamic Embossing Folder (143706), Heat Tool (129056), Aqua Painter (103954), Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

If you take a second look this card, you'll see that there are a few techniques on display.  None of them are difficult, but they were all fun to do!  To begin, I embossed "Christmas".  Don't go looking in the catalogues for a "Christmas" embossing folder, you won't find it.  This was created using the Big Shot Embossing Mats, which turns your favourite Framelits, Thinlits, and Edgelits into dies that create embossed impressions instead of die-cutting.  I used the "Christmas" die from the Merry Christmas Thinlits to create that lovely impression.

Merry Christmas To All Stamp Set + Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies
Merry Christmas To All Photopolymer Stamp Set + Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies Bundle (149952) - $104.25
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I used Shimmery White card stock for "Christmas" impression because I knew I wanted to do a water-based wash later, and needed a robust card stock.  Plus, I love the shiny look of the Shimmery White!  Before I added any colour to the Shimmery White card, I laid down a wash of water using an Aqua Painter.  I then added a wash of Merry Merlot ink on the top half and Bright Copper Shimmer Paint on the bottom half.  Because I applied the water before adding any ink, when I added the colour it spread and blended nicely without having to do much at all.

I wanted the beautiful wash-effect on this Christmas card to be the focal point, so I simply finished it with the remainder of the sentiment and a small cluster of elements on the right. 

Merry Christmas To All Christmas Card

Bright Copper Shimmer Paint
Bright Copper Shimmer Paint (147045) - $16.75
15 ml.  Acid free and non-toxic.
Also available in Champagne Mist, Frost White, and Vegas Gold.

Isn't that Shimmer Paint so yummy!

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