Yana Smakula | Hero Arts Merry Cactus to You Watercolor Holiday Cactus Card. Video

Hero Arts | Christmas Cactus Cards. Video + Giveaway (now closed)!

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I have been in a holiday mood for that past couple of days or I should probably say weeks and I been dying to make a card using a new stamp set by Hero Arts called Merry Cactus To You.

Yana Smakula | Hero Arts Merry Cactus to You Watercolor Holiday Cactus Card. Video

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We always have Christmas trees, ornaments, reindeer, Santa but rarely or probably never have a cactus on a holiday card. So today I’m using a cactus stamp set to create 2 simple heat embossed watercolor background holiday cards.

Yana Smakula | Hero Arts Merry Cactus to You Watercolor Holiday Cactus Card. Video

I’ve shared a video recently where I used rather large images to stamp a background pattern on a full letter sheet and create 4 cards, today I’m going to follow the same concept and use large images, well not as large as I used in that video, but still slightly larger than the images I usually use to stamp a full background. I’m going to be working on a half of a letter sheet piece of paper, so its going to be enough to make 2 background for standard A2 cards.

Yana Smakula | Hero Arts Merry Cactus to You Watercolor Holiday Cactus Card. Video

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I’ve used Hero Arts new Platinum embossing powder for my heat embossing (had to change things up a bit from the usual gold). I mixed and matched solid and also outline images for my cards because I wanted to add a little bit of watercolor to these. I intentionally did not use just solid or just outline images.

If I were to use just outline images and would have water colored all of them I would have had a background that is a little bit too busy. And if I were to use just solid images I wouldn’t have had any room for water color.

Yana Smakula | Hero Arts Merry Cactus to You Watercolor Holiday Cactus Card. Video

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This post was updated on July 5th 2016.

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546 Comments

    1. Love the background on your cards. The Holiday cactus set is looking very good to me. Great video. thanks for sharing. I really like the samples I’ve seen on your blog.

    1. i am really liking the use of watercolors on cards. yours is a great example with making 1 sheet to use for 4 cards.

    1. Interesting card. Like the new platinum embossing powder. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I know some people who always sent southwest type cards at Christmas, they would love your card, the cactus with light. too cute.

    1. Such a fun stamp set! I love how you’ve used it, such a unique look. Thanks for sharing.

    1. This just look gorgeous, the way you use the stamp for the card background is so great. The card look playful and i love the idea.

    1. Prickly but nice! As always, you’ve come up with a wonderful card. Thanks.

    1. Fun cards for Christmas! Love the idea of making more than one background at once. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Love the card! I get tired of the same style of Christmas cards, love how you used the Cactus to give it a different look. P.S. love the singing!!

    1. Very clever Christmas card! Love the way the colors pop against the neutral pots.

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