12 Days of Christmas Day 4 Watercolored Candy Canes

Card made using Sweet Candy Cane bundle and Christmas Banner Dies with a watercolored background, real red ribbon and seasonal sequins. Project designed and card made by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers for the 12 Days of Christmas with Brenda Nelson of Stamps and Stretchy Pants.

Hello again! Today I am sharing watercoloring with Sweet Candy Canes from the Sweetest Christmas collection. It’s day 4 of 12 Days of Christmas, and Brenda and I are sharing tons of ideas. I hope you are enjoying them! Today’s card was inspired by Shannon West. Shannon works at the Stampin’ Up! home office, and does gorgeous watercoloring.

12 Days of Christmas 2022 with Brenda Nelson of Stamps and Stretchy Pans and Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers.

I love the look of watercoloring, but sometimes it can be intimidating. But, today’s background is super easy, and a great one to try if you have never watercolored before!

Card made using Sweet Candy Cane bundle and Christmas Banner Dies with a watercolored background, real red ribbon and seasonal sequins. Project designed and card made by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers for the 12 Days of Christmas with Brenda Nelson of Stamps and Stretchy Pants.

How to make Watercolored Candy Canes

The essential tool for this project is our Water Painters. They come in a pack with 3 different size brushes, and the wide one is my favorite! You can add water in the barrel. For ink, I like to squeeze my ink pads to put ink on the lid, and pull it with the Water Painter. Then simply make sweeping lines on your cardstock. I like using Shimmery White Cardstock for watercoloring. It tolerates the water much better then plain Basic White cardstock.

While I was at it, I watercolored some White Glimmer Paper from the Red & White Glimmer Paper pack. I let it dry good, then die cut it using the Candy Cane Dies. I also die cut holly leaves from green watercolored Shimmery White Cardstock, and other foliage from Pool Party cardstock using the Christmas Banners Dies.

Card made using Sweet Candy Cane bundle and Christmas Banner Dies with a watercolored background, real red ribbon and seasonal sequins. Project designed and card made by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers for the 12 Days of Christmas with Brenda Nelson of Stamps and Stretchy Pants.

So, if you have not yet tried watercoloring, I hope you do!

Thank You

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed learning how to make a watercolored candy canes card. Now hop on over to Brenda’s blog to see what she has to share. I know you will love it! And if you missed the beginning of our 12 Days of Christmas, you can start with day 1 here.

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12 Days of Christmas Day 3 Framed & Festive

Noel Christmas card made with the Framed & Festive stamp set and Framed Florets die set. Coloring technique with Stampin' Blends on Fitting Floret designer series paper. Card designed and created by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers for the 12 Days of Christmas blog share with Brenda Nelson of Stamps and Stretchy Pants.

Welcome to day 3 of my 12 Days of Christmas Blog Share with my friend Brenda from over at Stamps and Stretchy Pants. Today I am featuring a beautiful card made with the Framed & Festive stamp set from the Fitting Florets collection.

12 Days of Christmas 2022 with Brenda Nelson of Stamps and Stretchy Pans and Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers.

This card is my new favorite Christmas red and green color combo – Merry Merlot and Evening Evergreen. The colors are so rich, it’s just beautiful!

The Fitting Florets Designer Series Paper is a limited release collection, and coordinates with the Framed & Festive stamp set and Framed Florets Bundle. This particular pattern in the collection is really versatile. The berries are white, but can be colored any color you would like. It’s an easy way to create custom paper for your project! I used Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends Markers.

Noel Christmas card made with the Framed & Festive stamp set and Framed Florets die set. Coloring technique with Stampin' Blends on Fitting Floret designer series paper. Card designed and created by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers for the 12 Days of Christmas blog share with Brenda Nelson of Stamps and Stretchy Pants.

Framed & Festive Details

I added a die cut frame for the focal point, cut from the Framed Florets Die set. This is a sneak peek from the upcoming January – April 2023 Mini Catalog! I also added some detailed foliage pieces. These were die cut from Brushstroke Specialty Paper using the same die set.

For the sentiment, I randomly stamped Noel all over the card base. It’s repeated on a Basic White banner piece for the front.

Noel Christmas card made with the Framed & Festive stamp set and Framed Florets die set. Coloring technique with Stampin' Blends on Fitting Floret designer series paper. Card designed and created by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers for the 12 Days of Christmas blog share with Brenda Nelson of Stamps and Stretchy Pants.

Inside your card is another place to be creative! I feature a different pattern from the designer series paper collection. I layered it inside instead of plain white cardstock.

Thank You

Thanks for visiting again today for my 12 Days of Christmas Blog Share where I shared this beautiful card made with the Framed & Festive stamp set from the Fitting Florets collection.

Now check out what Brenda has to share with you today! And if you missed our other posts, you can start with day 1 here.



12 Days of Christmas Day 2 Hanging Gift Card Holder

Hanging gift card holder made with the Celebrate with Tags dies and the Boughs of Holly product suite.  Project designed and created by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers for the 12 Days of Christmas 2022 with Brenda Nelson of Stamps and Stretchy Pants.

Welcome back to the 12 Days of Christmas where for day 2 I am sharing this easy hanging gift card holder. During the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Share, my creative friend Brenda Nelson from Stamps and Stretchy Pants and I will share daily holiday project inspiration, giving you 24 awesome ideas in total. Thanks for stopping by today!

12 Days of Christmas 2022 with Brenda Nelson of Stamps and Stretchy Pans and Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers.

Let’s face it, we all give gift cards, which can seem a bit boring. But do you ever dress them up? This gift card holder is created using the Celebrate with Tags dies. Quite possibly my favorite die set from the July-December 2022 Mini Catalog, this die cuts the gift card holder as one piece, making it so fast to put together. Just fold on the score lines, and add some Tear and Tape. And how awesome that this set is on sale right now!

Hanging gift card holder made with the Celebrate with Tags dies and the Boughs of Holly product suite.  Project designed and created by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers for the 12 Days of Christmas 2022 with Brenda Nelson of Stamps and Stretchy Pants.

Tips to Make a Hanging Gift Card

After assembling the gift card holder base, I made it my own using the Leaves of Holly Bundle. I cut (2) strips of the gorgeous Boughs of Holly Designer Series Paper, and layered them together before wrapped them around the gift card holder as a belly band. I added some die cut foliage, and the sentiment layered with some gold cord. A splatter of Wink of Stella was perfect to create some snow.

Hanging gift card holder made with the Celebrate with Tags dies and the Boughs of Holly product suite.  Project designed and created by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers for the 12 Days of Christmas 2022 with Brenda Nelson of Stamps and Stretchy Pants.

Try This

I tucked a gift card inside, then added a gold cord hanger to hang it on the tree. I have never done this before, but it is so fun!

Sure hope you try dressing up your gift cards this year, or even try making a hanging gift card holder!

Thank You

Thanks of stopping by today for Day 2 of our 12 Days of Christmas Blog Share where I shared an easy hanging gift card project. I hope you hop on over now to see what Brenda has to share! And don’t forget to check out yesterday’s projects!

If you live in the US and would like to purchase supplies to make some gift card holders, click on any of the items below to shop in my online store. Don’t forget to grab the Celebrate with Tags dies while you can, before they are gone! And if you live in Canada, be sure to visit Brenda’s online store!