Joy To You & Yours Watercolor Stamping Card Inspired by Wonder Forest

Happy almost Friday and almost Christmas!

I know you’re probably just about done with creating (& seeing) holiday projects, but I had to share this post with you today! I’ve discovered this amazing watercolor artist on YouTube named Wonder Forest and binge-watched all her recent cardmaking videos. One of them in particular caught my eye and I just knew I had to recreate it…but with stamps!

Let’s get started…

Click to view this Joy holiday card created using the Right at Home Freshly Picked and Brushstroke Alphabet stamp sets. Includes watercolor-inspired stamping using Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. Card design inspired by  Wonder Forest.  All details on www.rightathomeshop.com/blog.

To the right you can see the particular video post that inspired today’s card project. I was mesmerized by her painting and immediately felt inspired to create. Since I knew I didn’t have the supplies she used (or the talent!), I decided to grab out all my favorite stamping supplies to try my hand at her gorgeous design.

I started by cutting down a piece of watercolor paper to the size of an A2 card front. I grabbed out one of my stitched rectangles, placed it on top and lightly traced the outer edge so I know where to concentrate my stamping.

Click to view this Joy holiday card created using the Right at Home Freshly Picked and Brushstroke Alphabet stamp sets. Includes watercolor-inspired stamping using Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. Card design inspired by  Wonder Forest.  All details on www.rightathomeshop.com/blog.

For my images, I used three of the leaf stamps from my Freshly Picked stamp set as well as the cluster of three berries. To create the watercolored look, I inked up the leaves using Distress Oxide inks, lightly spritzed the block with water 2-3 times and stamped the image onto my paper. Depending on how many spritzes of water you add, the more crisp or abstract your image will look.

Click to view this Joy holiday card created using the Right at Home Freshly Picked and Brushstroke Alphabet stamp sets. Includes watercolor-inspired stamping using Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. Card design inspired by  Wonder Forest.  All details on www.rightathomeshop.com/blog.

To add some color variation to the leaves, I inked up the top-half in one color and the bottom-half in another. I used Evergreen Bough, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. I stamped dozens of leaves all around the edge of my panel until I had the fullness I wanted. Next came the berries! I stamped those in Fired Brick and used the same spritzing technique. I dried the panel with a heat gun and ran it through my die-cutting machine with the stitched rectangle.

Click to view this Joy holiday card created using the Right at Home Freshly Picked and Brushstroke Alphabet stamp sets. Includes watercolor-inspired stamping using Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. Card design inspired by  Wonder Forest.  All details on www.rightathomeshop.com/blog.

For my sentiment, I spelled out “Joy” using both the uppercase and lowercase versions of Brushtroke Alphabet. I added the sub-sentiment of “to you & yours” from Fa La La below the main greeting. I adhered the panel to a kraft cardbase and my card was finished!

Watch me faux watercolor with stamping in my process video below…

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I’ll admit, it did pain me to not add any sort of embellishment to this card like sequins, Nuvo Drops, etc. I always love the simplicity of her cards so I tried to emulate that as much as possible.

If you’ve never watched her videos, make sure to head over to her channel here.

Let me know what you think of this inspired card in the comments below!

Joy to you, friend!

Nicole

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