At the Essex stamp club gathering in September, our first project was this card that features beautiful Christmas images for coloring. I colored this sample that you see here so that it looks like an Advent wreath with the colors of the candles. And of course, you can see a religious sentiment on the front of the card.

I also created a sample so that the gals could see a color scheme for a secular card. And I used a greeting from the Itty Bitty Christmas set to have a non-religious sentiment. I think that the group split about evenly between religious and secular creations. The group gets very quiet whenever they are concentrating on their coloring – it makes me smile every time. Also, one tip to share… you may see a faint highlight around the greenery. I used the Soft Seafoam Light Blends marker to create this faint “glow” and softened the edges with the Color Lifter Blends marker.

This is the inside of the card. I coordinated the coloring of the flowers so that they matched the poinsettia on the front, but otherwise the inside is identical between the religious and secular cards.

If you send handmade Christmas cards (like I do), it is never too early to get started building your stash. I think I will make a few more of these cards to use this year. The coloring does take a bit of time, which means that this is not a great candidate for mass production. However, it is so peaceful to color, so making a few more is manageable.

I used this old sketch as the inspiration for my card layout. I switched the card to be a horizontal style instead of vertical but kept the other elements as they are in the layout.

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