Distress Mini Slimline Christmas Cards by Cheiron Brandon
Distress Mini Slimline Christmas Cards by Cheiron Brandon

Distress Mini Slimline Christmas Cards by Cheiron Brandon

By: Ranger |

Cards | Holiday | Tim Holtz Distress®

In this tutorial, Cheiron Brandon shows you how to watercolor with Tim Holtz Distress® Mica Stains to make these joyful and festive slimline Christmas cards.

Instructions

Hi there, crafty friends! It’s Cheiron Brandon here and today I am thrilled to be sharing a couple of Mini Slimline Christmas cards featuring the new Distress Mica Stains. Last month, we got two gorgeous sets of Halloween Seasonal colors, and recently we got the Christmas ones. So now, we have a full rainbow! Today I have combined all of the Distress Mica Stains to create some watercolor cards with easy, loose water coloring.    

To begin, gather your supplies. You will need Distress Watercolor Cardstock cut to 3 x 6, Distress Mica Stains, a Waterbrush or a paintbrush, and the Cozy Christmas stamp set. I will walk you through how to create two cards (each featuring one image from the stamp set).   

 

 

Distress Mini Slimline Christmas Cards Step 1

 Step 1: Stamp your images in Distress Archival Ink and dry with a Heat Tool. 

 

 

Distress Mini Slimline Christmas Cards Step 2    

Step 2: Using a light color of Distress Spray Stain (I used Antique Linen and Speckled Egg), spray some onto your glass mat and add a bit of water using a Distress Sprayer. Create a watery wash all over your card panel avoiding the inside of the focal image. Dry with a Heat Tool.

 

 

Distress Mini Slimline Christmas Cards Step 3

Step 3: Spray your Distress Mica Stains onto the glass mat. You only need a spray or two of each…a little goes a long way. 

 

 

Distress Mini Slimline Christmas Cards Step 4 

Step 4: Using a paint brush, pick up some of the Distress Mica Stain and paint in your image. I worked on two images at once, so I painted each color I was using on both cards before cleaning my brush and switching colors. For example, paint all the yellow first, then move onto the green etc. Let the panels dry or dry with a Heat Tool.    

 

 

Distress Mini Slimline Christmas Cards Step 5  

Step 5: Using the remaining stain on your mat, add some spatter to your card using the paintbrush. I masked the sentiment and was careful to avoid the main focal images. Let dry or dry with Heat Tool.    

 

 

Distress Mini Slimline Christmas Cards Step 6

Step 6: Use a Foam Blending Tool to ink the edges of the panels with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.    

 

 

Distress Mini Slimline Christmas Cards Step 7

Step 7: Add the watercolor panels to a 3 ¼ x 6 ¼ kraft card panel using foam tape.     

 

 

Distress Mini Slimline Christmas Cards Step 8

Step 8: Add Glossy Accents to a few areas of the card, and then sprinkle Distress Rock Candy Glitter for a little extra sparkle and let dry.  

 

 


  • Sophie Verpoort on

    Beautiful card, clear and useful tutorial! Many thanks! I will try to make one as beautiful as yours!

  • Veronica Donnelly on

    Thank you so much. Your cards are beautiful. The tutorials are a blessing. I buy products based on what you makers do with them and it helps to know the process of the different types of products. Thank you

  • Ann May on

    Thanks for doing this tutorial , it’s so helpful. Love your choice of colours. You’ve even inspired me to try this technique 😊

  • Sonya Moreau on

    Cool technique. I’ll be using it on Tim’s Stamptember exclusive stamp set. I love the mica sprays.

  • Maureen Morton on

    You have explained this magical process so well that I’m going to give it a try! The results are stunning and I’m loving the mini format! Thanks for the inspiration!


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