Three Things I Like: Maria Rodriguez

Yesterday I shared 18 cards from my Holiday One-for One Swap.  What a joy it was to share a slice of the beautiful cards I received during the swap!  I am so happy you were able to view them and enjoy them.  For each card swap, I like to share a couple of projects that stand out in the crowd (there are so many great ones to choose from!) and share three things I like about each.

Maria Rodriguez participated in the very first One-for-One Swap I hosted three years ago – and she’s participated in every one since.  Her cards are always beautifully over-the-top as she showcases her watercoloring skills and cardmaking artistry.  The card she submitted for this swap is no exception.  Check out her stair-step card with lots of beautiful images from Holiday Home:

Holiday One-for-One Card Swap, Stampin' Up!, by Maria RodriguezBefore I share the things I really like about Maria’s card, here’s a view of the side:

Holiday One-for-One Card Swap, Stampin' Up!, by Maria RodriguezHere are the three things I like most about Maria’s card (that’s right!  I’ve narrowed it down to three):

  • Intricate details.  This stair step card is all about the details.  Without Maria’s keen eye for detail, the card might be ineffective.  There are three homes in this stamp set – and each of them is represented twice here.  You’d never know that if you weren’t looking for it!  Maria made sure the homes (although might have been created from the same blueprints) have their own look and appeal.
  • Color Choices.  At a quick glance, it’s obvious that this is a Christmas card – Santa is paying a visit, and the homes are gloriously adorned with trees and wreaths.  At the same time, the primary color of the card is blue – not green and or red.  I love that, Maria!
  • Sponging.  I wish my picture had come out a bit better so you could see Maria’s amazing sponging on this card.  Each panel is sponged a little bit more than the one in front, building depth as your eye follows the card back.  That takes amazing patience.

I will be sharing more swaps this coming week.  Be on the lookout!  In the meantime, please be sure to leave a comment for Maria to let her know how much you love her project above!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Amazing card Maria! Truly a work of art.

  2. absolutely darling! Maria must have the patience of a saint! 🙂

  3. All I can say is WOW!!

  4. Maria, that is truly beautiful! A real work of art. I love the details, as Paulette said, the halos around the streetlights are perfect and adorable. I wish I had the time to create a card like this! But with 3 year old twins, I will just pin yours and admire it regularly! Well done, it is gorgeous 🙂

  5. Maria, what a beautiful, awesome card! Beautifully detailed. A true work of art!

  6. Did she mask off the snowmen and street lights before she sponged?

    • Hello Christine: I came here again to show my granddaughters the card I made for Brian’s swap and I saw your sweet comment, thank you so much for your words, this card was such a blast to make.
      I didn’t mask the snowmen or the lamp posts, I just sponged over them and then, with the aqua painter, removed the blue ink from them, then, I added a little of shimmery yellow water color, to give the lamps that glow.
      I have a blog now, I finally did it so, if you happen to come back here, you can just click on my name and you will be taken to it right away.
      I hope you like what I’ve posted so far and subscribe to it so you can receive the notifications when I post again.
      Thanks and have a great weekend. 🙂

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