Happy holidays, crafty friends! It’s Laura here today with my last post of 2018. This year really flew by, didn’t it? Well, if you are anything like me, you still have loads to do before you are really Christmas ready (are we ever ready?!) and today I’m using my stamping supplies to create a festive, framed artwork to display in your home. I’ll be using Concord & 9th’s Plaid Builder and stamps from Catherine Pooler Designs’ Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Box, but you can use ANY product you wish to create any type of holiday or theme…just like when you are making cards. 🙂 Let’s get started with today’s creation!
Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up. For the background, I loaded a piece of 5” x 7” (to fit my frame) red cardstock and the C&9’s Plaid Background into my stamping tool. Tip: I always use a stamping tool when working with large background stamps because it’s much easier to stamp it twice in the exact same place to get a really solid impression. It’s not that the bigger stamps aren’t as good of quality as their smaller counterparts, its just when you have that much surface area to cover, chances of a perfect impression on the first go is fairly small.
That being said, the stamp is quite large but not as big as what I needed for this project. I figured out that if I laid the stamp across my panel horizontally it would cover the entire (5×7) panel in two stamp positions. If you are trying to create a seamless pattern with a stamp, be sure to pay attention to how the pattern ends on your stamp. This will help you it will line up if you are trying to create a larger pattern. With this particular stamp, the pattern ended on the same patterned stripe on both sides, so I needed to overlap the first line of the stamp with my first (stamp) impression so I wouldn’t have two stripes that were the same (when they should be alternating!)
I used Versafine Onyx Black for the larger, boxed plaid. But before I added the thin lines, I stamped my sentiment using gold embossing powder and a sentiment from Catherine Pooler’s Holiday Mix Stamp. I did this first because I wanted to stamp the lines in gold embossing powder, too, and didn’t want them intersecting the sentiment, making it hard to read. I’ll explain this in a minute! Next I created the gold lines by stamping them in Versamark on all of the red rows both vertical and horizontally (working in one direction at a time.)
So, to create the subtle border around the stamped sentiment, I did a really simple trick. After I added the gold embossing powder, but before I heat set them, I simply used a small paintbrush (¼” round brush) to dab right on top of the letters where they met with the gold lines. This took the embossing powder off the top of the (already-embossed) letters, and a small little area around it also! I have to admit, I was well-chuffed with myself because I think it really made the background look so professional…and legible. 😉
Stamping The Tree
With the background done, let’s work on that decked out Christmas tree made using CPD Festive Trimmings Stamp. I stamped it using Versamark onto Neenah Solar White and heat set with gold embossing powder. To make the tree look a bit more lifelike, and to bring some color to this design, I quickly used a Zig Clean Color Real Brushes in a few shades of green (and brown for the trunk.) I literally ran my markers all over the tree not worrying about what color went where. Then I used a dry baby wipe to clean the ink off the top of the gold embossed image. If you want a more blended tree, you might be better off stamping the tree onto Bristol Smooth. Or you can go completely easy and use a green cardstock. Then, no colouring is required!
I glued the tree to my background using Tombow then I got to work decorating it! First, I stamped and heat embossed a few of the flower and holly images (also in the Festive Trimming stamp set) onto some Neenah Solar White. I fussy cut them with my scissor and added to the tree using Tombow.
Finishing The Project
I also embellished with a few items from my stash – some pearl rope to look like garland, a few silver bells, and a shiny star for the top! The star is actually a sticker and I added a touch of glue to make sure it stayed put, and that’s this Christmas display complete! All you have to do is add to a pretty frame and display proudly on your mantel!
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy the time with your family and friends and don’t forget to share your holiday makes over in our Facebook group, The Little Paper Treehouse Tribe! I can’t wait to see everyone’s creations!
Thanks for stopping by…and see Y’all next year! xo
WANT TO FIND THESE PRODUCTS:
Catherine Pooler Designs – Home for the Holidays SOA Festive Trimmings & Holiday Mix Stamps
Concord & 9th Plaid Background Stamp
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Versamark Watermark Ink
Neenah Solar White Card
Catherine Pooler Designs Card Bases
American Crafts Jewel Paper Pad – Red Card
Catherine Pooler Designs WOW! Embossing Powder in Rockin’ Red & Lime Ricky
Zig Clean Color Real Brushes in 040 Green, 041 Dark Green, 062 Dark Brown
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive
Fiskars A4 Paper Trimmer
Tonic Tim Holtz Mini Snips Micro-Tip Scissors
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Lawn Fawn Acrylic Blocks
Goodbye Static Anti Static Powder Tool
Ranger Paint Brushes
Hero Arts Pearl Rope
Silver Star Sticker
Zots Glue Dots XS