01 December 2016

A Thoughtful (and Magical) Christmas

Hi All! Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop featuring Close To My Heart's December Stamp of the Month: Thoughtful Flowers. If you've just hopped over from the oh-so-talented Shelly Nemitz's blog, Just One Pretty Piece, you're in the right place. (As usual, I'll have a list of participants at the end of the post.)

If you've followed my blog (or any of my social media, really), you've figured out by now that I love flowers and trees. And I love to color. So Thoughtful Flowers is right up my alley!

This would be a beautiful stamp set for creating your own coloring pages or even a few coloring cards to give to your favorite coloring fan. And the images can work anytime of the year--even Christmas.

Let's take a look.

It's Christmas time in the city, so I decided to make a few cards using Thoughtful Flowers and my watercolor pencils. To create this card, I cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 (I knew I would be cutting it down on the sides) and masked of a 2-inch square in the middle. I then stamped the flower images on the paper in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. After letting the ink dry, I colored the poinsettias with my watercolor pencils and blended the pencil with my waterbrush. I added a little gray to the background around the poinsettias to give them a bit more dimension. I then stamped the greeting from the Season of Magic stamp set in Sea Glass Ink. I cut my panel down to 3 3/4 x 5 1/2 and added it to my White Daisy card base. I added strips of Sea Glass and White glitter papers down the side of the panel to fully cover the front of the card base. To finish the card, I added shimmer to the poinsettias and the word "magic" in the sentiment and then adhered some sequins for a little extra bling. (If you wanted to make this a truly one-layer card, you could forgo the sequins.)

Here's a collage of close-ups of the card:

And here is the card, once again:

I hope you enjoyed this fun little greeting! I have big plans for this stamp set--coloring pages, no-line water color, thank you notes, hello's...the wheels are turning. So stay tuned!

In the meantime, hop on over and see what the fabulous Ginger Morriello has in store for you at Create With Ginger.

As promised, here's a list of participants in this month's hop:

Kim {that's ME!}

Have a wonderfully creative day!


  1. Such a beautiful card, and I absolutely love the touch of sequins throughout the card.

  2. This card is so beautiful. I just love how you made those wonderfully water-colored flowers stand out by only coloring a few of them and leaving the rest black and white. It's just stunning - I am going to have to try this.

  3. I learn so much from your blog posts! This makes me want to sit down and color. You are talented!!

  4. Gorgeous Kim! I really like how you highlighted the poinsettia like flowers for a Christmas card. Your coloring is always so lovely and the sequins add a nice bit of sparkle. I agree that this set has so many possibilities!

  5. This is really beautiful! I love it!

  6. So much fun to be floored by each piece of artwork in the hop! Kim, I love how you only colored the poinsettia flowers and not the rest. So far, watercolor really seems to be popular this hop and you nailed it too! Gorgeous work.

  7. There really are so many possibilities with a good floral set, like this. Love what you've done with it! Really fun masking, and great one layer design! I think it's so cool, what you did with the coloring!

  8. Love how you colored these flowers Kim. This whole card is so creative. Just beautiful!