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Holiday Card Series 2017 – Day 8 – Watercolor Backgrounds with Markers

NOTE: This is a sponsored post for Simon Says Stamp.

Happy Friday, all! Today is Day 8 of the Holiday Card Series for 2017. For those who are are new to my blog and videos, the Holiday Card Series consists of 25 holiday card inspiration videos. I’ll be sharing holiday inspiration every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until December 20.

(Wondering what I used in this video? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).

A couple of weeks ago, Simon Says Stamp sent to me two new packs of markers from Tombow, the Galaxy set and the Pastel set. These are not new colors to the Tombow Dual Brush Pen line, but they are new combinations of colors. And they’re great groups of colors!

I thought I’d play with the markers by creating some ink smooshed watercolor backgrounds. I used two type of plastic for these. I used a plastic sandwich bag and cling wrap. Both are so fun to work with!

Working with the colors of the markers in each set was super easy since I knew the colors worked well together already. And I loved using the Pastel set in particular because sometimes it can be really hard to keep a watercolor piece very pale and light. Since these colors are already very pale, it was easy to keep it that way. :)

I turned the watercolor backgrounds into holiday cards by die cutting trees using the Simon Says Stamp Christmas Trees die set. I used foam adhesive to stick the trees to card bases. For the greeting, I used a stamp from Simon’s Fa La La stamp set, and heat embossed it using Sterling Embossing Powder from Brutus Monroe.

Thanks for stopping by!


Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased. Items below are shown in the order they appear in the video.

*Tombow Dual Brush Pens, Galaxy Set
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*Tombow Dual Brush Pens, Pastel Set
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*Simon Says Stamp Christmas Trees dies
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Simon Says Stamp Fa La La stamps
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Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper, 5×7
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3M Scotch Blue Masking Tape
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Hardboard, 9×12
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Precision Heat Embossing Gun
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Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer
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Sizzix Big Shot, White/Gray
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Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, 110 lbs, 25 sheets
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Scor-Pal Scor-Buddy scoring board
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Simon Says Stamp Teflon Bone Folder
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EK Success Powder Tool
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VersaMark Ink
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Brutus Monroe Sterling Embossing Powder
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3M Scotch Foam Tape
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Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 18×12 Mat
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  • Reply Karthikha Uday November 10, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Super cool colorful cards! Amazingly CAS!! Thanks for sharing with us :)

  • Reply Mary W November 10, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I have a stack of old gelli prints just waiting for something – but not waiting any longer! Great inspiration.

  • Reply Valerie Breingan November 10, 2017 at 10:39 am

    A really fun technique,this is a way to make some super fun backgrounds.Thank you Kristina.

  • Reply Maureen Reiss November 10, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Really Pretty cards!!! I love the pastel ones!!!

  • Reply Marianne November 10, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Love these, Kristina. Such a fun way to use your pretty background panels.

  • Reply Kathy Higgins November 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Beautiful cards Kristina! I have never tried the smooshing technique, but it looks super easy. Thanks!

  • Reply Henriëtte November 10, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    What a great idea to make those beautiful backgrounds and then use them with your dies. I love also the way you showed how to do with a sandwich bag and the cling wrap, that’s a fun idea one I going to use for sure.
    Thank you very much and have a nice weekend.

  • Reply Kristie Maynard November 10, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I just love this idea and design. The other day I thought I knew what I’d do for my Christmas cards, now I’m thinking I might do something like this. Well, maybe I’ll have to do some of each, you are really inspiring me with these Christmas cards. Thanks!

  • Reply Carla Hundley November 10, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Beautiful trees! Love
    this technique and
    the lovely colors.
    Carla from Utah

  • Reply Teresa Doyle November 10, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    These are absolutely fantastic cards.

  • Reply Siobhann B November 11, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Such fun! Thanks for sharing and thoroughly enjoyed your journey around Disney.

  • Reply Carmen November 11, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Really fun cards, my favourite are the Galaxy colors, the pastel color are sweet for a baby shower or a welcome baby card. Thanks for sharing the creation process.

  • Reply Linda Eterno November 12, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Fabulous cards!

  • Reply christine deshayes November 12, 2017 at 10:31 am

    thanks for these gorgeous ideas and tutos , I made some lifts of your cards
    they will be saled for a caritative association duriong a christmas market

  • Reply Fiki November 12, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Like alwasy gorgeous!

  • Reply Christine November 13, 2017 at 1:21 am

    I love these elegant cards.

  • Reply Johanna M November 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm


  • Reply Kirsty Vittetoe November 13, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Oh so beautiful!

  • Reply Denise Bryant November 14, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    These are so pretty! Love the colors!

  • Reply Karin November 15, 2017 at 3:50 am

    Love the simple, yet stunning look of these cards! Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

  • Reply Maryd November 15, 2017 at 6:55 am

    So clean. So pretty!

  • Reply Zoe November 22, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I am constantly inspired by what you do… but this took me over the edge… I have over 100 holiday cards to make and was dreading it this year. I had more fun than I should have with the plastic bag technique you demonstrated that I have cards to share this season! Thanks for getting me over the dread of card making this season!

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