I'm hoping you've purchased the Thoughtful Branches Bundle… Because.. I know you love using it for all 4 seasons!  It's a limited time offer stamp set and matching big shot framelit die set only available in August!!!  I LOVE the versatility of this set..  you can see some of the projects I've created with it at the bottom of this post.  Buy it here in my online store.  

Today I am featuring 3 different watercolor wash background cards using the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and dies in different ways.

 

Thoughtful Branches Christmas card with watercolor wash background. card by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

Each of these cards is created with a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of watercolor paper, layered onto Island Indigo or Whisper White cardstock, and onto a Marina Mist or Island Indigo folded card. 

I kept the color scheme very simple, and almost monochromatic for these winter or Christmas cards. 

The card below has the tree die cut layered on top of the watercolor wash, and the greeting is from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set.  Be sure to stamp the greeting after the watercolor wash background has dried.

 

Thoughtful Branches card with watercolor wash background. card by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

To create the watercolor wash background, use a 1" wide flat watercolor brush or Aqua Painter and dip into Marina Mist (or any blue) ink, but be sure to use a generous amount of water.  Wash back and forth onto your watercolor paper a few times.  THEN STOP.  I know you will want to "fuss" with it, but don't.  Just let it dry.. it will be beautiful 🙂

 

Thoughtful Branches Christmas card with watercolor wash background. card by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

To create the white trees, stamp the trees in Versamark ink onto the watercolor paper and heat emboss them with clear embossing powder BEFORE doing the watercolor wash.  The wash will go right over the embossed images.

To create the beautiful copper stamped greeting, stamp the image from the Embellished Ornaments set in versamark ink and heat emboss with Copper embossing powder, then cut out with the Layering Ovals framelits.

 

Thoughtful Branches Christmas card with watercolor wash background. card by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

If you have missed my Thoughtful Branches posts this month, I'm sharing a little recap of some of the Thoughtful Branches samples I've created in the collage below. 

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Thoughtful Branches card and 3-d projects. Stampin' Up! limited time offer bundle.  by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

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