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by Julie Brooks

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas Sparkle

Good morning everyone

I have another Christmas make to share with you today, this time a card.


Products used:
6-inch white linen texture card blank
ultra smooth white cardstock
Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Broken China, Spun Sugar and Pumice Stone
Penny Black Cling Stamp - Christmas Story (40-164)
Craftwork Cards Clear Stamp Set - Christmas Cheer Sentiments
Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink
Imagination Crafts Stencil - Sparkles
Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium Sparkle Gel
snowflake dies from two sets: Sizzix/Hero Arts Stamp & Die-Cut Sets Reindeer (657780) and Snowflakes #2 (658622)

I began by applying the two colours of distress ink to a square of white card, blending them until I was happy. These are probably my two favourite colours of distress and lend themselves perfectly to a more contemporary Christmas colour palette.

Next, I stamped the text background using the Broken China distress ink and the Penny Black stamp.

I applied the stencil design to the card using Pumice Stone and Broken China distress inks. Then I applied a layer of Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium Sparkle Gel to the stencil and left it to dry.

I took another smaller piece of white card and stamped my sentiment words using the Craftwork Cards stamp set and archival ink. Then I inked up the card using Broken China and Spun Sugar blend and once cut out, went round the edges of the four words with Pumice Stone.

To make my snowflakes I inked up another piece of white card with Broken China and Spun Sugar and then applied a layer of the Sparkle Gel all over and left it to dry, thus creating my own custom-colour glitter card. Have you done this? How satisfying to have glitter cardstock which totally ties in with your chosen colour scheme! Once the sparkle gel was dry I die cut my snowflakes and adhered them to the card.

Lastly I added a clear rhinestone to the centre of the largest snowflake.

I love how this card came together, such a simple but elegant design, in the contemporary colours I love. Now I just have to decide who to send it to!

That's all for now, thanks for visiting and I'd love to hear from you in the comments box.

Keep warm!
Julie x



Monday, 5 December 2016

Mini Mixed Media

Hi everyone
It's rather chilly here at the moment, well, outside anyway, but I'm all cosy and snug as a bug in a rug indoors with the wood burner working hard.

So, I'd like to share a little mixed media Christmas decoration with you today.
I love Tando Creative products and fancied having a go with one of their mini printer trays, so chose the hexagon one. (These will be available in our shop within the next few days!) It has three sections, a large one at the bottom and two smaller ones at the top, although of course you could have it the other way round, or even have large on the left, 2 smalls on the right, or vice versa, if you hang it rather than using the stand which is provided with it .... you get the picture - it's flexible! In the pack you get a back board, then three layers of framework, plus the stand in two pieces.
I began by giving all the pieces a coat of white acrylic, except the back board. The back board was covered with a lovely icy blue coloured paper with printed snowflakes on it and onto this I stamped Santa in his sleigh being pulled by the reindeer through the sky. Once the framework was dry I glued it all together. I decided it was easier to do it this way than to glue it all together and then try and paint it! The outside would have been a doddle but the inside not so easy because of avoiding getting white paint all over the paper!

The next step was to add a layer of modelling paste all over the framework to look like snow. I love making snow this way! Whilst that was drying I popped out some reindeer from the Tando Reindeer Minis pack, some trees from the Brush Stroke Trees pack and some snowflakes from the Snowflakes Minis pack. I painted them all white and once that was dry (a matter of seconds almost) I painted the reindeer brown. I didn't worry about their colour being uniform and that's kind of liberating, not seeking to make everything "perfect" all the time.

The next step was to add some sparkle to the "snow", and for this I used Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium Sparkle Gel, which is a clear gel loaded with colourless glitter. It looks white in the tub but it dries clear. I liberally applied this all over the "snow" and also applied a layer to the chipboard snowflakes. That took a little longer to dry - I left it over night to be sure it was fully "set". The sparkle is lovely, so subtle but very effective.

I added a few brush strokes of an icy blue coloured acrylic paint here and there on the snowy frame and on the trees. I gave two of the trees a sparkly gold star at the top using Stickles Glitter Glue.

Once everything was 100% dry it was time to assemble my little piece, and I really love how it turned out. To achieve some dimension I used a foam pad behind each of the trees and the smaller "flying" reindeer, which has managed to take off and is on its way to join the others pulling the sleigh, with the larger one still trying to get off the ground! In the top left section, a reindeer is looking down on the scene, perhaps from higher up on a hillside, and deciding whether to join the others or stay and keep watch over the rest of the herd! On the right hand section I added a large dove.

Here are some close-ups:

  

I hope you like this little piece, I had great fun making it. I love the simplicity of it, nothing too fancy, not all neat and tidy. Perfect in my eyes.

Bye for now,
Julie x

Products available at our shop:
Tando Creative Minis Reindeer, Snowflakes and Brush Stroke Trees
DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic Paints and Media Fluid Acrylic Paints
DecoArt Media Modelling Paste
Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium
Archival Ink Jet Black