Monday, July 25, 2016

Peace This Christmas Watercolor

I really have been enjoying water coloring. It's been sure a therapeutic artform, and the look it brings is so stunning. In my previous blog, I explained my process for water coloring if you'd like to reference it.

This card was so much fun to make! I've been dying to try out the new Christmas sets in the new catalog, and what better excuse than to do a "Christmas in July" card challenge.

There were quite a few elements/techniques that went into making this card. The first was to create a snowy textured background. I did this by running my foreground piece of WhisperWhite and second layer of vellum through my BigShot, using the "softly falling" embossing folder. Oh, and if you were wondering how I got the splatter effect with the glitter in the background, it's pretty much like it sounds. I take my Wink of Stella pen and just gently hit it against my forearm (facing the paper), creating a splatter of glitter.

For the sequins on the tree, I used a mixture of assorted sequins from Stampin' Up. Some colors I wanted that were not in the assortment it had to create, using the clear ones. The easiest way to get various colors out of your clear sequins is to just color them with any color Sharpie pen and let them dry. Or here's another way: you can take your clear sequins and add some ink in any color and then seal it with the glue from your fine-tip glue pen, and now you have sequins in any color you like! (I would like to note that if you're planning on doing this, you will need the silicone craft sheet as it is nonporous sheet. Just add the glue to your sequins on this sheet and when they dry, you can just pop them off! One other way you can color your sequins is by putting them in a baggy and adding some ink refill droplets. You'll want to mix them well and let them dry, separated from each other so that they don't stick. And that's my card! As always, all the materials used for this project are listed down below.

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