Holly Berry Happiness for Happy 100th GDP!

Holly Berry Happiness Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! with Watercolor a Happy Noel for Global Design Project Happy 100th Case the Designer #GDP100 #watercolor #christmascard #greetingcard #cardmaking #hollyberryhappiness #stampinup #stampinhoot

A Watercolor Holly Berry Happiness for Happy 100th GDP!

Global Design Project 100 Happy 100th GDP Case the Deisgner - Your Pick!

Global Design Project is celebrating their 100th Challenge!  How exciting is that!  GDP is my favorite challenge, the design team is fabulous and I love all the inspiration they have to give!

GDP100 Case the Designer Krista Frattin - Stampin' DolceThe challenge is CASE THE DESIGNER – YOUR PICK! So I chose to CASE the card from the talented Krista Frattin with Stampin’ Dolce! Isn’t her card just LOVELY?  It reminds me of spring and I just love the watercolor technique she used (surprising, huh?).  I contemplated using the same colors as she did, but then my mind raced towards the opposite end of the spectrum and I had an idea to GO CHRISTMAS…must be that the new 2017 Holiday Catalog is about to launch and my head is wrapped around all the new goodies I get to share with you?

Anyways, I am pretty happy with the result I obtained on my CASEd creation, but I gotta say, the dark colors were a bit of a challenge to get the look I wanted…but I learned a lot along the way and am excited to try it again with the knowledge I gained with my trial and error.  I hope you like my creation, please leave a comment on what you think!

Holly Berry Happiness Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! with Watercolor a Happy Noel for Global Design Project Happy 100th Case the Designer #GDP100 #watercolor #christmascard #greetingcard #cardmaking #hollyberryhappiness #stampinup #stampinhoot

Holly Berry Happiness and Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamps Sets are front and center, but today I am debuting a new background for my photos.  I will be alternating what I use, but I LOVE this new background as it is more of a neutral tone and I think it really shows off the colors in my creations.  In my previous photos, I was using our 1st floor laminate flooring.  I liked it but the reddish tones really played with the colors in my creations.  I went to my local flooring store and they happened to have some laminate flooring on clearance.  They let me purchase two pieces that I cut in half, connected together and voila! My new background was born!  I am going to continue my search for alternate whitewash background that I can use when I feel it works well with my creation…enough on that, onto my creation details 🙂

Holly Berry Happiness Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! with Watercolor a Happy Noel for Global Design Project Happy 100th Case the Designer #GDP100 #watercolor #christmascard #greetingcard #cardmaking #hollyberryhappiness #stampinup #stampinhoot

Card Details: 

  • Card Base: Crumb Cake Cardstock cut to 4.25 in x 11 in and scored / folded at 5.5 in to make a standard sized card that fits perfectly into our Medium Envelopes available in Whisper White or Very Vanilla!
  • Top Layer: Shimmery White Cardstock cut to 4.125 x 5.5 in.  I cut it just a smidge smaller than the card base (sides only) so that the Crumb Cake could peak through.
  • Watercolor Wash:  I had several attempts at this background and learned a few things along the way.  It needs to be done in layers to get the effect that I wanted.  I used Tranquil Tide (my new favorite Christmas green) and Cherry Cobbler (my go-to Christmas red). The first layer you want to go light on the ink with LOTS of water from the Aqua Painter.  Let it soak in and then dry it with your Heat Tool to speed up the process.  Continue this method with adding more ink and using less water until you get the results you are looking for.  If you need to lighten a spot, add water and let it sit for a bit.  To get the splashes of color on the top of the card, add ink to your Aqua Painter and gently flick it with your finger…works like a charm.
  • Sentiments: Noel and May Your Christmas Sparkle with Joy and Happiness come from the Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set.  I stamped the Noel over top of the watercolor wash with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I stamped it again (over the embossed image) added another layer of White Stampin’ Emboss Powder to make the white really pop!  The sparkle sentiment was stamped in Tranquil Tide.
  • Images:  The holly and berries are from the Holly Berry Happiness Photopolymer Stamp Set.  I stamped the images with Basic Black Archival Ink onto Shimmery White Cardstock.  Added the color with my trusty Aqua Painter and fussy cut the images with my trusty Paper Snips.  Tip: To get smooth fussy cut lines, be sure to turn the paper and not the scissors while cutting!  I used the Holly Berry Builder Punch to crop out the Berries and a few pieces of Holly to add some dimension and fill in some open spots.
  • Tools:  Heat Tool, Paper Snips, Holly Berry Builder Punch, Aqua Painter
  • Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Silver Metallic Thread


Holly Berry Happiness and Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamp Sets by Stampin' Up! Shop online at Stampin' Hoot, Stesha Bloodhart #stampinup #shoponline #stampsets #cardmaking #christmascards #holly #pines #Noel

The two stamp sets I used on this card are the PERFECT sets for the Christmas Holiday!  I highly recommend adding them and their coordinating products (Holly Berry Builder Punch and Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies) to your paper crafting collection!


Be sure to visit the Global Design Project blog and check out all the talented Design Team Submissions and also those of the crafters who have decided to play along!

Holly Berry Happiness Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! with Watercolor a Happy Noel for Global Design Project Happy 100th Case the Designer #GDP100 #watercolor #christmascard #greetingcard #cardmaking #hollyberryhappiness #stampinup #stampinhoot

My list of products used in this post. Click on the image to see the product in store or print a pdf by clicking the link at the bottom of the file.


Need a copy of the 2017 Holiday Catalog by Stampin’ Up?  Click on the image below and leave me your Name, Address and Email and I will pop one in the mail!

2017 Holiday Catalog by Stampin' Up! Request Your Copy Today from Stampin' Hoot! Stesha Bloodhart #2017holidaycatalog #stampinup #stampinhoot

Don’t forget to take advantage of my Monthly Hoot Loot!  During the month of August, Earn the Fabulous Smoky Slate Gingham Ribbon as your free item by placing a $50 order and entering the host code shown below.  More details by clicking this photo:

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4 thoughts on “Holly Berry Happiness for Happy 100th GDP!”

  1. The cars is beautiful and very colorful I loved is shows happiness and upbeat and I hear music playing on I just absolutely love it made me very happy .is just representing Christmas all over where ever you are !!❤️❤️??????❄️❄️⭐️⭐️✨✨????????❤️❤️

    • Thanks Krista! It is definitely harder to get the look you want when you use the darker colors! BTW, I love all your work and your style!


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