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Hello friends, it’s me again! Happy Friday!
…well, it’s been almost a week now, have you seen all the fabulous inspiration that everyone has been sharing with that new distress color, Lumberjack Plaid?
Holy MOLY! What an incredible color! If you missed the youtube LIVE this past Saturday, be sure to CLICK HERE and check it out! Tim & Mario were full of surprises, be sure to stick around to the end…there’s a really good part there. I am so grateful for them and the JOY that they share with all of us. It is contagious!
Today, I am back to share my another project from the release.
Lumberjack Plaid is the perfect color to deck the halls with. It colored my tiny house, backgrounds, ribbons, and everything so perfectly that it is, and will continue to be, my new favorite red for Christmas.
I mean, look at the tiny red house…what else says Christmas so perfectly?
As most of my projects do.. this one started with a load of backgrounds that I created just after I had received the new color.
You’ll see in the photo below, that the one on the far left side and the third from the left were both used..the first one, to build the house and the striped plaid for the background on the etcetera tag. Jumping right into a color and making is the best way that I have found to get my creative juices flowing.
To create the paper for the house, I used a technique that I have previously shared on another blog post entitled, Choose to Shine..it was a make from many moons ago but explains the technique and how to achieve the look in photos.
The process goes like this..rub a piece of watercolor paper with embossing ink pad or a embossing dabber, sprinkle the paper with embossing glaze, then emboss with a heat tool. After the paper is cooled down, use a piece of steel wool or sand paper to dull down the shine from the glaze, spritz the paper with water and Gathered Twigs (or your preferred distress brown spray stain) then dry with a heat tool. Once dry, scribble different areas of the paper with a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon, then rub the crayon into the paper to smooth out the crayon. It gives the paper an embossed metal, grungy distressed look. You can see what I mean in the photo below.
I used the paper and the Paper Village Thinlet set, and cut out a small house. One piece for the back and the second for the front.
On the front piece of the house I added two windows and a tiny door.
I trimmed the house down by a 1/4″ using my paper trimmer, then scored at approximately 1/8″ from the cut edge to create a place to fold and then build a skinnier house.
Here’s a peek at the house once I had it all built. I added a roof, a tiny “wood” door, a front porch and a chimney…all using the Paper Village thinlet set and the Mini Lumber and Stone Cobblestone 3D embossing folders to give the pieces a true tiny cottage look.
Once my house was built, I randomly rubbed on some Opaque Grit-paste, to give the house a snowy look.
the #8 tag…
I created a Distress Mixed Media Heavystock Tag to use as a centerpiece of the project. This was done by spraying a tag with water, then spraying with Antique Linen Spray Stain. I dried the ink, then dipped the tag into some of the leftover ink , then dried again to leave some of the tiny inky dots. Using the new Festive Collage Stamp Set CMS459 holly stamp, I stamped the holly onto the left side of the tag using Black Soot Archival Ink, then began coloring it up using my detail Waterbrush plus Distress Ink & Distress Watercolor Pencils. The berries were colored using Lumberjack Plaid distress ink, some Tart Cranberry Mica Stain and water.
I cut some of the Vintage Labels out of scrap paper, then rubbed them with ink using my finger and a little Lumberjack Plaid Distress Ink just along the embossed edges of labels.
Then I began arranging the layout of the tag and adding messy stitching plus, using a variety of scraps of fabric, vintage buttons, lace pieces, idea-ology Christmas Linen Tape, mummy cloth and ephemera pieces. I stitched on the fabrics with red thread, then adhered and stitched on all the little pieces. Once the tag was stitched, I adhered it to an Etcetera #8 Tag so that the tag itself would be substantial and hold up to the little Etcetera Trims shelf that the Tiny House and Trees would be mounted to.
I rubbed a few stars from the idea-ology Christmas Layers pack. They started out red, but I wanted them to be a bit vintage looking, so I rubbed them with Antique Linen Distress Paint, dried them, rubbed them with Glossy Accents, then dipped them into Distress Tinsel Glitter. I did the same treatment to a couple of Woodland Trees that had been spritzed with Peeled Paint and Rustic Wilderness Spray Stains. The stars were glittered, the trees were glittered, the table was glittered, I was glittered, you know how that goes, but it was so worth it! Nothing like vintage tinsel glitter to make a vintage Christmas loving girl happy!
I stamped the phrase “deck the halls” onto the skinny label. Yes, I cut my new stamp..a girl has to do what a girl has to do for the creative project at hand. I just find it easier to trim my stamps sometimes so that I was able to quickly stamp the phrase where I wanted it on the stamp. This tiny phrase was from the new Darling Christmas Stamp Set CMS457. They are the tiniest phrases..love them!
I prepared some greens to work into my design by cutting them from some green paper that I had made when I made that stack of papers that you saw up at the top of this blog post. This paper was made using the same technique as I described with the Distress Embossing Glaze, except this time, I used Rustic Wilderness Embossing Glaze instead of Lumberjack Plaid. The greens were cut using the new Sizzix Holiday Brushstroke 3 Thinlet Set.
Once they were cut, I rubbed them with some of the Opaque Grit-paste, then rubbed them with some Glossy Accents, and sprinkled them with a combo of Clear Rocky Candy Glitter and Mica Flakes. You’ll notice that the mica is a slightly grungy color to it, this is because I created a vintage grungy glitter mix using a technique that Tim shared on one of his youtube LIVES. I colored my own mix using Mushroom Alcohol Ink. It has that yummy vintage grit and grunge that I love! You can check out that technique HERE Custom Glitter Hack, at time stamp 6:50. (ps- Did you know that Tim has all sorts of Holiday Hacks and Techniques to use for all sorts of Holiday makes? Be sure to check out his youtube channel and search for Holiday Hacks)
Two backgrounds were adhered to a Mini Etcetera Tag. The top music background was created using Lumberjack Plaid Distress Ink and Distress Glaze, the other Striped Plaid was stamped using a much older background stamp from Tim, Stripes and Holiday CMS281, I just stamped it diagonally across a sheet of watercolor paper using the Lumberjack Distress ink then, stamped it going the other direction to create a distressed plaid. I stitched around both backgrounds, then adhered them to a Mini Etcetera Tag that had been painted using the Lumberjack Distress Paint.
I painted up a scrap piece of Etcetera Pinked Trims with White Gesso, then around the top and bottom, adhered a small strip of the idea-ology Christmas Linen Tape, then trimmed off any excess that remained. The trim piece was adhered to the #8 Etcetera tag, then set aside to dry. Once dry, I placed and adhered the tiny house, trees and added bits of quilt batting to create the look of snow.
I arranged the layout which included a small bit of wispy greens, created to look like a wreath that I wound around the front of the tag.
The wispy bits were recycled from another wreath that I had picked up from resale shop. I really wish I knew what it was called because it is super cool and I know I need many more yards of it for all the ideas I have in my head! LOL!
Once I had the tags, shelf and wreath all adhered together, I added some Opaque Grit-paste to the edges of the Mini Etcetera tag. When it was dry, I went through and applied some glossy accents in random places, then sprinkled the entire piece with the grungy glitter and mica combo that I had used for the greens.
Then, the final touch…I splattered the entire piece with some flicks of Lumberjack Plaid Distress Paint using my splatter brush. I know this part was risky, but so worth it! I loaded up my splatter brush with a mix of Lumberjack Plaid and a bit of water, then practiced my splattering on a scrap of paper.
Then I went for it! The tiny bits of splatter got on the stars, backgrounds, fabric, lace, house, labels and everything!! But, I absolutely LOVE the look that it brought to the piece.
..and with that, my project was complete!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and for all the continued support and kindness that you’ve shared with me! It is so much appreciated and I am so grateful!
Have a fabulous day!
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