This is the first of two posts today - not my usual style but hope you can stick with me!
The challenge at Our Creative Corner this month is set by our illustrious leader Laura and what a wonderful challenge it is! Here's what Laura has come up with for you:
The challenge here is to use a neutral palette....so think about shades of creamy hot chocolate, glistening white snow, rich dark sherry and mince pies, ivory candles, rustic wooden logs, roasting chestnuts and brown paper packages tied up with string!
This Christmas we want you to make anything you like - Cards, ATC's, Tags, Scrapbooking, journals, Gifts, Altered art......anything you like....but please use only neutral colours from ice white, through to ivory and cream, beige to dark brown and black. You can also use metal embellishments, metal paints and stains.
Please Note - Your creation does NOT have to be 'Vintage style' - We would love to see Christmas creations in any style, but please keep to a neutral colour scheme.
How amazing is that for a challenge?! I couldn't wait to join in the fun and if you want to see what my very talented teamies have come up with, please click here.
Here's my offering for Laura's challenge this month:
(I should warn you that this post is picture heavy - as always!)
I decided to use some wooden baubles I found online. I have altered both the front and the reverse of each wooden shape, hence the number of photos! (Sorry!).
|Two pieces of card were embossed in seasonal folders.|
|Use the wooden bauble as a template to draw the shape onto the embossed card.|
|Carefully cut out shapes.|
|Paint one bauble shape with chosen colours of Traditions paint. Add the same colour/colours to the edges of the wooden bauble - this ensures that no white bits show later!|
|Paint both card and wood shapes with two coats of DecoArt gesso to seal.|
|Using a second paint colour, paint over the previous coat and dry.|
|When the paint is dry, lightly sand the surface to expose the previous colour.|
|Make a wash with Traditions Quin gold and carbon black and use to age the bauble.|
|I wasn't keen on the pale look so I added a wash of Traditions carbon black.|
|Some DecoArt metallic lustre in two different shades was randomly added with cut and dry foam then buffed.|
|To finish this bauble face, some wooden glittery trees were antiqued with a Krylon pen and some Traditions raw umber paint.|
|After buffing the DecArt lustre paste, some rusty wire and a rusty bell were attached. The bauble can be hung using the rusty wire loop which is made simply by twisting the wire to the size required.|
Three more bauble faces were made using a variety of techniques - I fear you would fall asleep if I uploaded all the pictures! Here are a few for your information - if you need any extra details, just drop me an email and I'll happily explain.
|The second face was achieved using DecoArt Traditions in a variety of colours. When dry a quin gold wash was applied. Next some black DecoArt Americana was swiped over, allowed to dry for a time and then partially removed with a baby wipe.|
|The remaining side also features embossed card which was painted with Traditions in a shade of white then covered with burnt umber Traditions paint. When dry, the surface was lightly sanded to reveal the white shade. Some versamark ink was stencilled through sequin waste followed by gold shimmer powder. When set, the bauble was finished with a coat of DecoArt Triple Thick glaze. A wooden snowflake was embossed with powder in a shabby white shade.|
I tried to get these three pictures in a line but gave up - blogger can be so annoying at times!
That's enough from me today! I've enjoyed making these baubles and will certainly use them somewhere this Christmas. Perhaps I could add them to another project which is coming up to today. Why not pop back later and have a look?
Your turn now! Before you start, pop over to Our Creative Corner and have a peek at the wonderful work from my very, very talented teamies - you won't be disappointed!