Hi there stampers!  Today’s card features some new products to me.  I finally broke down and bought some Ken Oliver Color Bursts and this was my first attempt at using them.  I knew I wanted to create some watercolor backgrounds that I was going to die cut.  

I started with several sizes of Canson XL watercolor paper and my brand new Ken Oliver craft mat.  I placed one piece of watercolor paper on the mat, sprinkled some color burst onto the paper, and added a lot of water.  This was my first time using these like I said and I learned a lot.  I can’t wait to experiment more with this fun medium.  I created a green, blue, red, and yellow/orange watercolor background.

I used the new Pretty Pines Thinlits from the Stampin Up 2016 Holiday Catalog to cut out a bunch of images from the various colors of watercolor pieces I made.  I cut out the most from the green piece as I knew I’d need a lot more pine needle die cuts.  I just love how vibrant the colors are with the color bursts.  After die cutting all the pieces out, I started to make my arrangement for the front of the card.
I stamped the swirled framed from the coordinating stamp set Christmas Pine using Versamark ink onto some basic black cardstock and heat set that with Wow Gold Glitter Embossing Powder.  I then used my paper snips and fussy cut the frame out.  I did this again onto some vellum so I ended up with two frames.  I then cut out two card panels from basic black and whisper white cut to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8.  I used My Favorite Things Homespun Stitch Lines Die to create the faux stitched edges on each of the card panels.  
I adhered the fussy cut frame to the top center of the card using dimensionals and then begin to put together my arrangement with the die cuts.  After getting my arrangement in place, I used glue dots and Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue to adhere all the die cuts into place.  I then grabbed a scrap piece of whisper white cardstock and coated it with my Versamark ink pad and then heat embossed using that same Wow embossing powder to create my own glitter paper.  I then cut the sentiment out of the glitter paper using the Seasonal Frames thinlits from Stampin Up and also cut the sentiment out of some craft foam.  I glued the glitter sentiment to the craft foam to give the sentiment dimension and stability.  I adhered this to the center of the frame.  I did this on both the black and white cards.  I then adhered the entire panel onto an A2 top folding card base made from basic black for the black panel and thick whisper white for the white panel.
I did also create a video showing you how to create this card.  You can watch the video on my YouTube channel HERE, or watch below:

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