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Sunday, 11 August 2019

Winter Wonderland Home Decor

Hello everyone

We have a home decor piece to share with you today, created using one of the new Woodware Christmas stamps by Francoise Read, called Winter Wonderland.

The products we used can be found in our shop - here's a list to help you:
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paint - Prussian Blue Hue
  • DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic - White
  • Woodware stamp - Winter Wonderland (FRS388)
  • Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Festive Set (662581) (for the snowflakes)
  • White opaque pen (we used Ranger Inkssentials White Pen 2 Pack)
  • DecoArt Snow-Tex (for a textured snow effect)
  • Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss - Frosty Sparkle
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre - Gold Rush
  • Black archival ink pad
  • Pumice Stone Distress Ink Pad
  • Dovecraft Foam Tape
Here are some step-by-steps if you would like to make this yourself.

  1. Take a piece of corrugated card (an old cardboard box flap would work) and carefully remove some of the top layer of paper to reveal the corrugated texture beneath. Leave the centre complete.
  2. Apply white acrylic paint to the centre and once dry add your sky colours using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Prussian Blue Hue, mixed with white acrylic to varying degrees to achieve the light to dark effect. Also, dry brush over the distressed areas with the white acrylic to just give it a dusting of colour. Leave it to dry.
  3. Take a piece of white card and repeat the painting. Leave it to dry or if you wish to speed up the process, use a heat tool.
  4. Next, take the Woodware stamp and stamp it onto your background using black archival ink.
  5. Using a white opaque pen, add "snow" to the snowflakes and flurries, the buildings and trees. Use some white acrylic paint to add "snow" to the ground - you could also use white texture paste for this if you wished, such as DecoArt SnowTex.
  6. Add some white paint splatters to the image and to your background card piece.
  7. The next step is to tear around the edges of your design - this will be fixed in place over your painted area on the cardboard base. To make the tearing easier and to minimise the risk of tearing your design, take a paint brush and dip the bristles in some cold water. Then draw a water line around your design where you want to tear it. While the watered area is still wet/damp, carefully tear around the design.
  8. Apply a little white acrylic paint around the edges using a finger tip, to give more definition.
  9. We wrapped fine gold thread around the cardboard base and fixed it to the back with strong double-sided tape but you don't have to do this.
  10. Fix the design to the cardboard base using foam tape.
  11. Next, take some card and either die-cut or punch out some snowflakes to decorate the design. Paint them with white acrylic paint and then remove some of the excess paint by dabbing with kitchen towelling. This leaves a slightly more worn appearance in keeping with the rest of the design.
  12. Fix the snowflakes in place using strong acrylic glue.
  13. Using some Frosty Sparkle Glitter Kiss, or similar product, add small amounts of sparkle to your project - we used it on the snowflakes and on the ground.
  14. Next, produce the sentiment for the bottom. For this we used a left over bit of the painted card which we stamped our sentiment onto and then we tore it around the edges and applied a little Pumice Stone Distress Ink for definition. This was fixed beneath the design using foam tape.
  15. Finally, we added some gold gilding wax around the edges of the design and to parts of the exposed corrugated card to tie in with the gold thread.

We hope this gives you some inspiration for your Christmas makes.

Back soon! x

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