As far away as Christmas seems, it will be here before we know it. Time goes by fast. So, while we are enjoying warm summer weather in our short-sleeve shirts and bathing suits, it won’t be long before we are back to wearing sweaters, coats and gloves – at least those of us who live in colder climates.

So, Christmas in July cards just seems appropriate. I made this one with the Evergreen Elegance stamp set and the very cool coordinating punch.

What makes this card so easy and cool is that there is almost no coloring involved. The only coloring is when you stamp the three little trees in the foreground. That’s it!

So, you’re probably wondering how you get the sky to look like that without coloring. Here’s the trick. It’s Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper. You probably only looked at the tree images included in this paper. But flip them over and you will see one that is awash with blue and white and as you can see from the photo above, when you cut it down to size, it looks exactly like a blue sky with floating white clouds! It doesn’t get any easier than that.

And the “forest floor” is from Expressions in Ink Designer Series Paper. In my card, the wispy, blended colors look like a morning mist rising from a mountain lake. It has a really cool effect.

Punch out a ‘stand’ of far-away trees in black and another row in Evening Evergreen. Dap on some Wink of Stella just to the tops of the far-away trees.

I made my card a Christmas card, but you could easily add any sentiment you want – maybe a sentiment from the Campology stamp set.

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