Happy Holidays! I have been taking a few weeks off and finishing up all my holiday errands… is the list of errands ever complete? I am hoping to finish them before Christmas but as I see it, whatever get’s done, get’s done and the most important part is being with family and carrying on some of the traditions that have been passed down year after year. Time will march on whether I get all the cookies baked or not. 😉
I hope this post finds you happy, healthy and enjoying all the little Holiday moments that you can have with your family and friends!
I am back today to share one last holiday make before the season is over.
This project was created for the Sizzix Holiday release and features the new 3D Pine Branches Folder & Framed Tags Thinlet Set…plus, I had a fun play with the new Distress Watercolor Pencils.
You may recognize the technique as I shared it a few tutorials ago which featured the Watercolor Pencils and a few other 3D Folders. Here’s link to that tutorial CLICK HERE.
To create the card background I embossed a couple pieces of Distress Watercolor Paper using the 3D Pine Branches Folder. Once the paper was embossed, I dipped each of my watercolor pencils into a bowl of water, then gradually added the mix of colors to the embossed areas by lightly dragging the color over the textured area, then using a water brush, blended out some of the color. Sometimes, I squished out some of the water from the brush so that I wasn’t completely puddling the color. I dried with a heat tool in-between some of the colors as well.
The Watercolor Pencils are pure pigment and leave a good amount of color right over the top of the textured surface…it’s amazing to see the texture come to life right before your eyes. The colors I chose to work with included Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo.
Once the pine branches were all colored and dry, I blended the rest of the background with Pumice Stone Distress Ink using a blending tool, then, with a wet water brush and washed out the blended color to create a watercolored look.
Here’s a zoom in to what the branch details look like with color…just BEAUTIFUL!
Once the background was completed with the Watercolor Pencils, I decided that the pine branches might look good with a little shimmer. So I lightly blended on some Sterling Foundry Wax in various areas and heated it up with my embossing gun to bring out the shine.
To complete the card, I stitched around the edge of the background using my sewing machine and white thread.
I cut out a vellum tag that was embossed using Gold Embossing powder and a handwritten collage stamp.
I embossed the phrase, “Wishing you Peace and Joy” onto a scrap of paper, embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder, then ran it through my Big Shot Foldaway with a circle die.
I punched a hole into the top of the circle, then set an eyelet in the top.
I inked, embossed and cut the smallest of the Framed Tags using Peeled Paint Archival Ink, then layered the tags together and tied a piece of cotton thread to the top.
I dug through some precut pieces of greens that I had in my stash and placed them under the circle using adhesive.
The background was then added to some layers of cardstock and placed onto a card front.
With that, my card was complete!
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope that the rest of your Holidays are wonderful and filled with all the love and good things that you can fit into it!
Thank you as always for all the love, kindness and support that you share with me throughout the year. I am such a lucky person to have so many sweet followers and I appreciate each and every one of you. God bless you all!
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