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Christmas In July with Zig Clean Color


Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers are perfect for creating some bright & colorful watercolored Christmas cards! 

Hey everyone! Carissa here! You know what that means!!! Today is Satur-YAY and we’re celebrating the weekend by getting our craft on. I’m also doing a little Christmas celebrating too with a Christmas in July special.

I’ve always loved the little trailer from Tree Farm, so I thought I would pull it out for a bright and cheery Christmas card today. Since it’s Christmas in July, I decided to go with a brighter color palette, not necessarily a traditional red and green palette. You’ll still see the red and green. I chose to use a bright yellow green and a bright red, along with some fun turquoise blue.

To color my focal image, I’m using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. These water based markers blend so effortlessly on the Bristol Smooth card stock. When I’m looking for quick color, I reach for these real brush markers by Zig. For a more intense look, you can go in with straight color. When I use this method, I like to choose a light and dark color and blend them together. To create a water color look, all you need to do is add just a touch of color around the darkest parts of your images and use a water brush to blend it out. It’s the easiest watercolor you’ll ever do. It’s like scribbling.

I created a quick backdrop for my trailer with the fun and funky tree from Modern Christmas. You probably wouldn’t immediately think of these two stamp sets together, but I love the way it creates a fun background for my trailer. By choosing a softer, bright green, it allows the trailer to remain the focal point, but adds pattern, texture and color to the background and helps ground the image.

Because the lights on the trailer are my favorite part, I thought it would be fun to add some more lights in the background. This particular light stamp is from the Light Parade stamp set.

To finish off my card, and add some touches of color, I used Tonic Nuvo Jewel Drops for all of the lights on my card. The key here is to get the drops flowing before you take it to your project. Once I’ve placed my drop, I like to ease up on the squeeze of the bottle…but I don’t release all of the pressure. I keep enough pressure on the bottle to keep the product at the tip of the nozzle, but not coming out. I find I get the best results and avoid splats this way. Be sure you give your drops 24 hours to dry completely.

These cards are fast and fun to put together. I love an easy card like this that doesn’t lack in the detail department. The Nuvo drops were the perfect finishing touch for these cards.

Be sure to check out today’s video tutorial. I’ll walk you through the entire creation of these cards and give you some tips and tricks (and maybe a few laughs) along the way.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed these Christmas in July projects and I hope I’ve inspired you to create a few Christmas in July projects on this fabulous Satur-YAY! If you’re creating something today, be sure to use #EllenHutsonSaturYAY so we can all check it out!

Until next time, happy SaturYAY and I hope you have a fabulous day!


Supplies List:

Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Tree Farm by Brandi Kincaid

Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Modern Christmas by Julie Ebersole

Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Light Parade by Brandi Kincaid

Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Tree Farm by Brandi Kincaid, (Retiring)

Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen 2 pk

Strathmore Bristol Pad 9x12

Essentials by Ellen Cardstock, White Linen 100 lb, 25 Pk

Crafter's Companion Craft Material Pack, Wood Veneer - 15pk

ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker 042, Turquoise Green

ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker 036, Light Blue

ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker 022, Carmine Red

ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker 020, Red

ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker 021, Light Carmine

ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker 041, Light Green

ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker 053, Yellow Green

ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker 095, Dark Gray

ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker 091, Light Gray

ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker 010, Black

Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Tip Marker, Christmas Sparkle, Set of 3

Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, Carnation Pink Gloss

Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, Apple Green Gloss

Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, Caribbean Ocean Gloss

Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, Crushed Grape Gloss

Catherine Pooler Ink Pad, Melon Ice

VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne

Hero Arts Embossing Gun (Wagner)

Crafter's Companion Gemini Junior

Crafter's Companion Gemini Junior Accessory Bundle

Crafter's Companion Gemini Junior Clear Cutting Plates

Crafter's Companion Gemini Junior Magnetic Shim, 2pk

Crafter's Companion Gemini Junior Rubber Embossing Mat

Crafter's Companion Gemini Junior Plastic Shim

Crafter's Companion Gemini Junior Metal Cutting Plate

Sizzix Big Shot White & Gray

Memory Box Dies, Metal Adaptor Plate

My Sweet Petunia Mini MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool (6-1/8 X 7)

My Sweet Petunia MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool (8-1/8 X 10-1/2)

My Sweet Petunia Bar Magnet

Marvy Uchida Jewel Picker

EK Craft Tweezers

EK Tools, Precision 5 Inch Scissors with Sheath

Fiskars Deluxe 12 Inch Paper Trimmer with Aluminum Cut Rail

Fiskars Reinforced Trimmer Blades

Tim Holtz, Tiny Attacher

2 Way Glue, Chisel Tip

X-Press It Tape Runner

Scotch Foam Mounting Tape

ShurTech Yellow Frog Delicate Multisurface Masking Tape

Ranger Multi Medium, Matte Mini, 1/2 oz.

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Mediums, Matte 1 oz.

Ranger Accents, Mini Glossy Accents

Darice Ultrafine Tip Applicator Bottles, 4pk