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Hello everyone! AmyR here with Prairie Paper & Ink and I’m so excited to be a part of the 12 Designers of Christmas with Honey Bee Stamps!

December 1 – 11 we will give away a $25 Gift Certificate to one person who comments on that day’s blog post
December 12th we will give away a $100 Gift Certificate to one lucky commenter, so be sure to leave comments daily!

I couldn’t resist pulling out my all-time favourite Honey Bee Stamps stamp set – Zen Bouquet – and attempt to make a couple of Christmas cards with it!

I heat embossed the large image from the Zen Bouquet stamp set onto watercolour paper with Nuvo’s white embossing powder. I used my Tombow markers and a water brush to color it in and kept the color combo to red and greens only.

After everything had dried I splattered on some gold using one of the gold watercolours from the Gansai Tambi Starry colors palette. Again I let everything dry then cut my card fronts using the largest die from Honey Bee’s A2 Double Stitched Frames Honey Cuts die set.

For my sentiments I used the Merry Christmas stamp set and coordinating Honey Cuts dies. I die cut the “Holidays” and “Christmas” from gold glitter paper and backed them with vellum that was die cut from the coordinating outline dies.

The “Merry” and “Happy” were stamped onto red and green card stock and heat embossed with the same white embossing powder before being die cut with their coordinating outline dies.

I finished off the insides of the cards by stamping the sentiments from the Merry & Bright stamp set in red and green inks and that was it!

To see how these cards came together check out my video below:

Thank you all SO much for joining me today! You can check out the supplies I used at the links below:


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120 responses to “Twelve Designers of Christmas: Day 10 Amy Rysavy”

  1. These are beautiful! Love the flowers watercolored for a Christmas card!

  2. Debbie Rumpza says:

    Oh I love this card. I love that it is an offbeat design for Christmas!

  3. Karen B. says:

    How clever to turn this stamp into one for the holidays! Beautiful cards, Amy!

  4. These are simply brilliant. I adore that stamp set and you have used it beautifully. Cheers.

  5. Cornelia Fulmore says:

    Very pretty cards! I checked out your supply list. Wow! So much went into making these cards and they turned out beautiful.

  6. Inky says:

    That is one of my favorite Honey Bee Stamps 😍 love that you used Christmas colors to make that a holiday background stamp! Such a lovely card❣️❣️

  7. corinne h says:

    beautiful coloring

  8. These are really wonderful, Amy! I really love the sentiment fonts!

  9. Lori says:

    So pretty! I love the large sentiment inside of the card!

  10. Amy Cooley says:

    The embossed floral images are so beautiful and I like the sparkly sentiment!

  11. Debra Clark says:

    I love the card you made. This stamp, zen bouquet, is one of my favorite stamps. It is beautiful . I have stamped it many times and used copic markers to color it. You did a great job on this card, very pretty.

  12. Lagene says:

    Awesome cards, Iove the watercoloring over heat embossed image!

  13. Melissa Minelli says:

    I love that stamp! I can want to add it to my collection. I like taking stamps that might not necessarily be a “Christmas/Valentine’s Day/Easter/etc” stamp and finding ways to use them for those holidays.

  14. preeti d. says:

    Gorgeous work 🙂

  15. Cynthia Cole says:

    Your cards are so bright and cheerful!

  16. yiho lee says:

    loving the bright christmas colours. the colours are vibrant, sharp and draw attention to the beautfiful flowers

  17. Denise Bryant says:

    Gorgeous cards by Amy! Love the floral designs and the scrumptious colors! The Zen Bouquet set is a favorite!

  18. MelissaF says:

    LOVE the Zwn Bouquet, my all time favorite HB stamp and your Christmas cards are gorgeous with it. As always thanks for another awesome video tutorial, I especially love to see how you decorate the inside s of the cards too. I always do that too.

  19. Mary Holshouser says:

    The Zen Bouquet makes a wonderful Christmas
    card. The design and the colors are wonderful.
    thanks for sharing

  20. irene Grau says:

    OMG, How have I missed this blog event??? (Well, I know HOW — my dad was hit by a car while he was walking. Things have been crazy since. Ugh.) I have been trying to think about how I can use Zen Bouquet for my Christmas cards since I got it a few weeks ago. This is perfect! Thanks to Honey Bee and Amy for the inspiration!

  21. Kelle L says:

    Nice inspiration for using favorite things from your stash in new ways.

  22. Bunny Dobbie says:

    What a fabulous unique holiday card! Great idea to use something you love and use holiday colours on it.

  23. Dee Earnshaw says:

    wow these cards rock – the lovely coloring is perfect:)

  24. Iris Soscia says:

    Gorgeous cards – so intricate and colorful.

  25. Stacy V says:

    Very pretty cards! The zen bouquet is beautiful 🙂

  26. Jean Chaney says:

    How pretty this is, and I love using a stamp that is that versatile on a Christmas card!

  27. Anna says:

    Wonderful cards and I have picked up a couple of ideas for my next cards.
    Thank you.
    Annamieke from the land down under

  28. pai says:

    These are gorgeous! what a way to stretch that stamp!

  29. Lucy E. says:

    What gorgeous Christmas
    cards from a floral set!
    Lovely coloring and design!

  30. Dana W says:

    Wow!! Gorgeous cards!! The colors are great and I love the sentiment!!

  31. Sue LD says:

    I like the white embossing and the pretty festive colors.

  32. Caroline Knauth says:

    Wow! Proof that every Christmas flower card does not have to be a poinsettia. I have a reason to pull out my markers today and try this.

  33. Linda Carson says:

    Love these bright, colorful and festive beauties! Beautifully done!!

  34. Laura Zepeda says:

    That is a great card I love the colors!

  35. Just stunning! I love it. Happy Holidays

  36. Sally Keagle says:

    Absolutely stunning cards today. Someone is going to LOVE receiving them!

  37. Amanda says:

    Love that zen boutique stamp set and how you can use it for so many different occasions! Beautiful!

  38. Soooo gorgeous, Amy … there’s such a wonderful sense of energy and happiness about your design … love that festive colour palette! Anita 🙂

  39. Debbie A Smith says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. I think I will try something similar but with the Zen Border set since I have that one.

  40. Becca Yahrling says:

    These are both so very beautiful! Love the
    water colored flowers.

  41. Suzie Quebedeaux says:

    Your cards are so gorgeous!!!! I wouldn’t have thought to use that big stamp to make 2 card fronts. Thank you so much for showing me another way to use my stamps! I love learning new things like that.

    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  42. Melissa B. says:

    Gorgeous! I love how you made this flower stamp Christmasy just by keeping the colors red and green!

  43. Sheri K says:

    Wow, what a beautiful card using a lovely stamp sets! Thanks for sharing.

  44. Becky Green says:

    BEAUTIFUL, AMY!!!!!! I LOVE how you used an “everyday” stamp for Christmas Cards! You’ve REALLY given us some GREAT TIPS TOO! AND shown us just how EASY it is to create WONDERFUL CARDS without a whole lot of stressing over them!!! (Which I DO! LOL) SUCH BEAUTIFUL WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!! Going to checkout the STORE NOW!!! LOL 😉

  45. Marjorie Dumontier says:

    That’s a great set of cards ! margessw@icloud.com

  46. Trina P. says:

    So soft and pretty.

  47. Helen LeBrett says:

    Beautiful cards: love them!!!

  48. Mary-Anne V says:

    Amy you did a fantastic job watercolor in these images.

  49. Rochelle Crawford says:

    beautiful, as always. this is just gorgeous… And it would not be an AmyR card without some splatter 🙂

  50. Christy Q says:

    Such a lovely card, Amy!! The colors are so you and I love your watercoloring! Thank you for sharing a video of your creative process!

  51. Carla Hundley says:

    Beautiful cards and
    great way to use the
    stamps even if not
    Christmas stamps.
    Carla from Utah

  52. F. Andre says:

    Beautifully coloured cards. Thanks for sharing your technique video.

  53. Carol H. says:

    Your attempt at making this stamp into a Christmas card was very successful!! The cards are beautiful!!

  54. Teresa Doyle says:

    Such great Christmas cards using this beautiful stamp Amy. I would not have thought to use his particular stamp for a Christmas card but both cards are lovely. Beautifully done as ever.

  55. Starr Patrick says:

    Beautiful cards!

  56. Joni S says:

    I really like these cards, Amy – you are really inspirational in your use of stamps and watercolor. Thanks so much!

  57. Janet Ingraham says:

    Fabulous colors. I have these stamps and love them to pieces

  58. FD91354 says:

    Oh, I love how this turned out. Just shows you dont have to be traditional for a holiday card.. These are just perfect!

  59. Angie Linton says:

    Beautiful! I definitely wouldn’t have thought of that stamp for holiday cards but it works perfectly.

  60. Mel H says:

    These are beautiful and I love how you did the inside of the card.

  61. Keely Jones says:

    Another amazing card by Amy? Love the colors you used!

  62. D.Ann C says:

    Ooooh! These are SO pretty!! I think it’s the candy colors!! I really MUST get out my Honeybee stamps and get cracking!

  63. Kimberly Kendle says:

    Love these cards! So beautiful and really wanna get my hands on that stamp set!

  64. Sabinevdk says:

    I love how you used the zen bouquet and made it into a Christmas card! Beautiful!

  65. Kari VanNoy says:

    These are beautiful! I love the idea of a holiday watercolor card! Just gorgeous!

  66. Carolyn S says:

    Great designer + great stamps = 2 super cards. The Zen Bouquet Stamp is so versatile!

  67. Margery C says:

    Using the Zen Bouquet stamps for a Christmas card is amazing. This gets me thinking what non-Christmas stamps in my stash could be used for Christmas.

  68. Amy Myers says:

    Love the colors!

  69. Kinjal says:

    Hi Amy,
    What a lovely way to combine the Christmas sentiment with the bouquet! One of the best honeybeestamps! 😍

  70. Jennifer says:

    Wow so pretty, love this set

  71. Tiffany Temmis says:

    This is such a pretty Stamp Set!! Love this card.

  72. Beautiful colors! Love the glittery sentiment!

  73. Very beautiful, colourful cards, like the zen ness about them, farm, serene, peaceful x

  74. Diane Stricker says:

    Beautiful cards.

  75. Martha R says:

    I know you enjoy the floral background stamps and you do a beautiful job when watercoloring them. This one is exceptional. Thank you.

  76. Very cute Sen Bouquet. I like that you used traditional and non-traditional colors for your cards.

  77. Jackie Parkins says:

    These are beautiful, I love the watercoloring on that gorgeous stamp. I clearly need more Tombow markers.

  78. Anila says:

    Gorgeous cards… Love them both

  79. Mary W says:

    Love how you made two cards with one stamping and that you used Tomboy markers. I have both the stamp and the markers and can’t wait to use this glorious stamp for Christmas, also.

  80. Carolee McCaslin says:

    WOW such beautiful cards!!!

  81. Jeanne Beam says:

    Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing…

  82. Isabelle says:

    Making 2 cards at the same time is fantastic at this time of the year ! And in addition, Amy’s cards are fantastic and very inspiring.

  83. Gorgeous cards. Love the white embossing and the Zigs. So pretty. Great job.

  84. Lindarub says:

    Wow love your card.

  85. Sara says:

    That zen bouquet set is so great for Christmas cards – I would never have thought to use it!

  86. Sue Symens says:

    Beautiful water coloring but I love the great big greeting inside the card. I have never tried that. Fun cards.

  87. Sue McRae says:

    That is one big and beautiful stamp, perfect for a colorful holiday card!

  88. Natalie Godfrey says:

    Awesome job on all your cards they are adorable!

  89. Peg H says:

    I love how these cards turned out. Very elegant.

  90. Susan Pezza says:

    I love the cards, they are beautiful!! I have the Zen Boutique and never in a million years would have thought to turn them into Christmas cards, talk about thinking outside the box!! Love how they turned out, Thanks for sharing and inspiring!!

  91. Loly Borda says:

    I love that you used a non Christmas set for your cards! I love your choice of colors also! Thanks for the inspiration!

  92. Pooja says:

    Pretty cards !! I loved the fonts too 🙂

  93. Deborah LeMarbre says:

    Beautiful job Amy, love the technique. Flowers are goregeous.

  94. Breina Burgin says:


  95. Jane says:

    Love the adorable card!

  96. Carol Ross says:

    These cards are gorgeous! Love everything about them… the Zen stamp, the watercoloring, the papers, the sentiments!!!!

  97. Oliev says:

    Beautiful cards:-)

  98. Super beautiful floral cards!! Lovely!!

  99. Beth Myers says:

    Great design with lots of uses. Really like the wording/ coloring on the front!

  100. Denise Kasbohm says:

    These are absolutely beautiful and your watercoloring is amazing!!

  101. Haejin says:

    love these cards~~ I love the zen designs – decided on the sea design, but now I want this one, too! ^^

  102. Debbie Meyer says:

    Thank you for the video. I so enjoy watching beautiful creativity happen.

  103. Isabel Z says:

    I love your creations–little works of art!

  104. Elizabeth Pollock says:

    I love the flowers idea for a holiday card! I am going to go broke with all these fabulous stamp sets I want to add to my collection from the past 10 days … and there are still two more days to go!!! Thank you for the video as well… they are always so great to have around when you want to see all the details of how a card was made.
    Hugs for now from snowy New Hampshire… brrrrrrr

  105. Shaunne says:

    Absolutely love the font. And then how versatile the set is.

  106. Julie Booker says:

    I loved Amy’s design I had to copy it straight away. I don’t have Zen bouquet but I do have Zen flowers. It is great seeing other non-Christmas sets being used for Christmas.

  107. Bethany Gates says:

    I love the word dies!

  108. Nan says:

    Hard to believe something so simple could come out so gorgeous! Love that you can make that stamp work for a Christmas card! Thanks for the great inspiration.

  109. Kristine Johnson Gifford says:

    Gosh, what a unique and different Christmas card! It’s great to get ideas on how to use every day sets for holidays! Thank you so much! The card is just beautiful

  110. Linda BL says:

    The Zen bouquet makes a gorgeous Christmas card with your beautiful water coloring!!

  111. kathy dumpert says:

    The video made me now want the honey bee words dies.

  112. dana says:

    love the colors

  113. Beatrice Cristina Lawson says:

    Beautiful and original! Love the touch of vellum for a bit of softness and the gold, so pretty!

  114. Donna says:

    Very zen! Very pretty. Thanks!

  115. Michele W says:

    I would never have thought to use the zen bouquet for Christmas cards but it worked beautifully for your cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

  116. Christine says:

    The zen bouquet is a very pretty stamp and looks lovely as a christmas card. The sentiment dies and stamps are lovely fonts and look great on the cards.

  117. Arianna Barbara says:

    Simply awesome!!!!

  118. These are so beautiful, colors are so elegant and pretty.love!!

  119. renee milner says:

    I have this gorgeous stamp set and never thought about using it like you have–great idea! As always, I enjoyed your video 🙂