Die Cutting Ellen Hutson Heat Embossing Techniques Water Coloring

Christmas in July? Why not!!!!

Christmas in July? Absolutely! Get a jump start on your Christmas cards and mentally cool down at the same time! In upstate New York, there is a heat wave going on so I took pleasure in thinking of Christmas and cold weather! I pulled out one of my favorites, Mondo Holly and quickly colored it using 3 colors of Nuvo Shimmer Powders! The Shimmer Powders are very easy to use. I wet the cardstock first and then lightly sprinkled on the powder and let the water do the work! Prior to watercoloring, I did ink the image with Wow Embossing ink and then heat set it using Wow Black Magic embossing powder! This embossing powder has flakes of gold in it so it is quite cool!

To create the card base, I used some Gold Foil Cardstock and then thought, hmmmm. I wonder! I grabbed some Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone and smeared some of it onto the foil cardstock just to see what would happen when it dried, and OH LA LA LA LA LA! This girl is in love. I’ll be doing this technique a lot! The results are soooo pretty!


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  1. loving the moonstone on the gold!

  2. Very cool looking!

  3. Gorgeous card, Laurel!

  4. Candace B says:

    Nice dimension and color! Tres chic. Thank you.

  5. Rhonda says:

    Love that you used shimmer powder! Something new for me!

  6. That’s a wonderful card! 🙂

  7. Michele D says:

    I hadn’t seen those shimmer powders before, very cool!

  8. Wendi J says:

    That moonstone on the Gold is amazing.

  9. This is very pretty! 🙂

  10. Kristi H. says:

    I’m in love with that background; it’s fabulous!

  11. renee milner says:

    What a lovely card and I really like the paste on the foil paper—great idea!

  12. Donna Kay says:

    The paste on the background paper gives it such dimension, what a great and easy idea!

  13. Mary Webster says:

    I love all the Mondo stamp sets, the holly is great.

  14. Isabel Z says:

    I love Ellen Hutson and blog hops because they inspire me to create. Thank you!

  15. Janice says:

    Lovely card and great ideas!

  16. Judy Parker says:

    I have never tried powders but I love the effect it gave you wow…thanks for sharing

  17. Lindar C says:

    Wow! love all the texture in this card! The glimmer paste on the foil cardstock looks amazing!

  18. mjmarmo says:

    This is just gorgeous!

  19. I love the vintage look of this…. such a unique color and design!

  20. Karen F. says:

    What a beautiful card!

  21. Sherri Little says:

    I love the colors you chose for the holly.

  22. Janet Durbin says:

    So different, love it!

  23. I love the pinks playing in the reds

  24. Roseanna K McKinney says:

    Love, love, love the shimmer powder effect!

  25. Eileen M says:

    Very pretty, love this set!

  26. tsurutadesigns1 says:

    super pretty, love the gold base too!

  27. Denise Bryant says:

    Pretty colors and textures!

  28. Susan Billingsley says:


  29. Roseanna. Crawford says:

    Very pretty card, thanks for the inspiration!

  30. Tricia Podmore says:

    Laurel, gorgeous card. You are sooo creative and talented with great inspiration .

  31. So creative. Super sweet card!

  32. Shraddha says:

    Very pretty style! Looks very postmodern!

  33. Its an Awesome mixed media card !! Loved that bg and the images stands out on it perfectly !

  34. Kathy G says:

    Wow! This is one elegant Christmas card, love your experiment!

  35. Lisa Byers says:

    Very Christmasy and beautiful!! It turned out wonderfully!!

  36. Laurel, you’ve done it again. In thinking outside the box you’ve created one drop dead gorgeous Christmas card in non-traditional colours. I love the idea you had of putting the Nuvo Glimmer Paste on the gold foil.

  37. Thanks for experimenting for us. The outcome is gorgeous, love the non-traditional colors1

  38. Oh my GOODNESS! This is GORGEOUS!

  39. Cyndi Morris says:

    Gorgeous card. I’ve never used Shimmer Powder, but that may have to change — it’s beautiful.

  40. miriam erdman says:

    Really pretty card. That stamp is awesome! Thanks for sharing your fun and beautiful techniques too!

  41. Love holly. The sprig on the gold is
    fantastic. Beautiful card. thanks
    for sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  42. Brenda S. West says:

    Love, love Holly. I don’t know exactly why, maybe because they are red and green like Christmas. Lol. I like your card.

  43. Marisela Delgado says:

    Awesome card

  44. Vivian says:

    Very pretty. Love the colors.

  45. Denise Kitts-Wadlow says:

    I’ll bet the picture of the gold foil cs with moonshine on it doesn’t come anywhere close to doing the real life card justice! Same for the mondo holly colored with the shimmer powders! I’ll bet this is one beautiful card. I’ll have to try your technique for myself. Thanks for such great inspiration!

  46. Christine says:

    Great card. That background is really intriguing. I hope you do it again so I can get a closer look.

  47. Kathy R says:

    Where have I been….I dont recall seeing these powders before. Thanks for the wonderful idea. Love it!

  48. cindiink says:

    Very pretty! Extra special with the magic embossing powder and the Nuvo paste!

  49. Such a beautiful background! The colors you used for the holly are gorgeous, too!!

  50. Tracey Landt says:

    Love the colours used in the shimmer powders Laurel. Thanks for the inspiration.
    T x

  51. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Wow! Beautiful! I love the colors and the way you made the background!

  52. Lovely card! Thank you!!

  53. lisascreativeniche says:

    Love your background!

  54. DJ Doss says:

    Wow! So dramatic and gorgeous! I love the sparkle!

  55. Sue D says:

    Wow–this is so pretty!

  56. Amy Cooley says:

    The gold foil is awesome!

  57. Donna says:

    Love all the “shininess” What a fabulous idea for creating the background, very clever. Hoping your day marvellous. Cheers Donna 🙂

  58. Darlene De Sario says:

    Lovely card! The holly , pretty and the glaze over the gold, WOW! tyfs!

  59. KimC says:

    Love the glimmer paste on top of the foil cardstock – just stunning. Poinsettia’s are such beautiful! Love this card.

  60. Marisela Delgado says:

    so pretty

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