Sunday, November 26, 2017

winter wonderment

Hi everyone, today I am sharing a special winter ornament that I have created.

I started with an inexpensive, paper maché ornament blank, that I layered with paints, papers and pastes. I then adorned it with some stamped and colored images that I cut out, some die cut greens, embellishments, and of course, some sparkle.

I gathered my supplies: paper maché ornament, collage medium, texture paste, distress paint, distress glitter dust, distress glitter, embossing powder, stencil, stamps, dies, watercolor paper, printed tissue paper, printed cardstock, tinsel twine, ribbon, and inks.

I used the ornament to trace the circle shape onto a piece of mercury glass printed cardstock and cut it out. Then I set the piece aside while I completed the next step.
 I used brushed pewter distress paint to paint the paper maché blank.  I allowed the paint to completely dry. I then tore some pieces of printed tissue paper and collaged the tissue on one face of the ornament. Once the collage medium dried, I brushed a very thin coat of the paint over the tissue paper pieces and set it to dry overnight. After the paint had completely dried, I adhered the circular cutout to the side opposite the collaged tissue.

I stamped the Santa image from the Tim Holtz stamp set Christmas Classics CMS322 by Stampers Anonymous, then heat embossed it with Ranger liquid platinum embossing powder. I colored the image using distress inks in candied apple, antique linen, tattered rose, and peeled paint for the holly leaves. Most often, I smush the ink pads onto my craft mat and use a water brush to "paint" in the areas. I fussy cut the Santa image and added ruby red liquid pearls to create dimensional hollyberries. I fastened a jingle bell brad to the end of Santa's cap. To give the Santa a bit of extra sparkle, I brushed Wink of Stella (clear glitter) over the lighter areas of his beard and hat.

Using Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Greens and Holiday Greens Mini dies, I cut multiple evergreens from watercolor paper. When die cutting pieces to be used in bunches, I tend to cut more than I necessarily need, and add color to them all at one time. Any pieces I don't use get saved in a plastic envelope for future projects. Using a water brush and distress inks in mowed lawn, peeled paint, crushed olive and forest moss, I colored the die cut pieces on both sides. After they had completely dried, I brushed glue on the evergreens in areas that I felt snow or ice might gather, then dipped the wet pieces into Ranger distress glitter, clear rock candy. This created the perfect touch of sparkle for the greens.

 At this point I spread texture paste through the Tim Holtz mini stencil THSM093 by Stampers Anonymous in several areas on the mercury glass cardstock. As soon as I lifted the stencil (while the paste was still wet) I sprinkled distress glitter dust in vintage platinum over the paste. I set this aside to dry. The next step was adding a vintage tinsel twine that I had in my stash around the edge of the ornament nearest the piece of cardstock. I used matte medium to secure the twine, which nestled into the crease easily.

I selected and arranged the die cuts of greenery that I wished to adorn the top edge of the side that Santa would be located on.  Using collage medium and a brush, I adhered the pieces. I used foam tape to adhere the Santa image so that it would have a bit of dimension and not be lost beneath the greens. A couple additional holly leaves with liquid pearl berries were added to the lower area to balance the design.

I cut off the hanging thread that was originally attached to the ornament,  and in its place, I secured a screw eye that I had previously heat embossed (and let cool) with Ranger liquid platinum embossing powder. When embossing metal, be sure to use tweezers as the heat is conducted through the metal easily.  I used a piece of Tim Holtz ideaology trimmings ribbon to create the ornament hanger.

When the ornament hangs, it can be viewed from both sides. On the "back" side, I wanted to add some holiday words. To do this I stamped images from the Tim Holtz stamp set Holiday Drawings CMS284 by Stampers Anonymous, then heat embossed them with Ranger liquid platinum embossing powder. I cut the sentiments into banner shapes, spritzed with water and curled around a thin dowel and let dry. I then inked the banner using distress inks in old paper, antique linen, and gathered twigs. I made the banners with different sentiments, as I was making a few of these ornaments to share. The banner was secured to the cardstock amongst a few more greens with multi medium matte and allowed to dry. After everything was attached, I went back with collage medium on a tiny brush and adhered a little more glitter dust to the stenciled areas where it had rubbed off during the process.  

I think these ornaments could be made using all different types of images and details, and the outcome could be just fabulous as well!
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Saturday, November 25, 2017


Welcome to aksbarchitect CREATES

Hi, my name is Ann Barnes. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I look forward to sharing many of  my creative endeavors with you.  I hope that they inspire you to try something of your own, whether it uses a general idea, special technique, or even just a new material. I have always found making things to be such a wonderful way to express myself. I love seeing ideas come to life. Sometimes things work and other times they turn out very different than I had anticipated. Either way, all of the time that I have spent is such a pleasure. I love getting inky, working with paper and chipboard, and manipulating mediums; I enjoy experimenting and surprise outcomes. I am a daughter, a mother, a wife, and an architect. I have always had a passion for design, and a respect for the art and architecture of the past. I gain inspiration from the beauty in nature and from many artists and designers. I can't wait to share with you and see your creations as well.
"Creativity takes courage." - Henri Matisse

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