I had pulled out some retired single stamps that I have put together in an empty stamp case for some recent cards I put together and had spotted the Bearing Gifts stamp, which I've always been fond of. I put it aside to use on a card. I was debating whether to use it for a baby card or Christmas card, but finally landed on Christmas. The In[k]spire Me sketch #267 was perfect to use with it and I remembered that I had a sentiment somewhere with a line from a song that reminds Santa to not forget our stocking. Thought it would be great with it, and it happened to be just the right size and length to fit on a banner underneath the image. The pretty papers are from Bo Bunny's Candy Cane Lane collection, one of my favorite Holidays 6" x 6" paper stack. The colours just work so well together.
The main image was stamped and gold embossed on Shimmery White cardstock. I was curious to try out watercoloring on it since Stampin' Up! has been promoting it as a good watercoloring medium. I will say this: it's better than on Whisper White, but less effective than watercolor paper. I find that watercolor paper does not stain as quickly so I have more control to move the ink around with my paintbrush or blending pen, whereas the Shimmery White stains more quickly and it's harder to avoid lines or brushstrokes. Not impossible, but harder. I wouldn't use it for images with wide area, but for something with small areas to fill, like the image I used, it works well enough. And the fact that it's shimmery does add a little something to the finished look.
Color Combo: Bermuda Bay + Mint Macaron + Melon Mambo + Blushing Bride +
Hello Honey + Delightful Dijon + Basic grey + White
Stamps: Bearing Gifts, Chantons Noël (Bright Christmas)
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Shimmery White
Patterned Papers: candy Cane Lane (Bo Bunny)
Ink: VersaMark, Melon mambo, Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride,
So Saffron, Delightful Dijon, Basic Grey
Accessories: Sequins, Bermuda Bay Taffeta Ribbon, Banners Framelits, Banner Punch,
Circle Framelits, Hello Honey Satin Ribbon, White Medium Envelope, Stampin' Dimensionals,
Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Blending Pen