A happy Friday to one & all, I hope your week has been excellent so far. Now that there is no avoiding it, I am going to be showing you assorted Christmas projects for the next few weeks.
Over on her blog, Ink on my Fingers , the crafting genius that is Hels Sheridan, posts the weekly Sunday Stampers challenge. She chooses a song title as the theme & the only other ‘rule’ is that you must include some stamping – naturellement. Every week, I tell myself I’m going to take part & every week I either forget or I’m too late. Until now. This week’s theme song is “On The Trail of the Lonesome Pine”, in other words, Pine Colours &/Or Pine Trees/Branches. Now, green is not a favourite colour of mine. I’m quite happy to use it for leaves & trees, but to use just green, on the entire project?? I was well out of my comfort zone, but I was determined to make something. I chose a tag, on the basis that it was a fairly small area to work on.
I created the background by first using Evergreen Bough distress ink, from the new Winter collection on a leaves stencil from Creative Expressions, then overstamping a crackle pattern, using a stamp from U Mount, using Iced Spruce distress ink, also from the new Winter collection. The tree is a stamp from Crafty Individuals, I covered it in Versamark & then used a white embossing powder to cover the image & heat embossing. Once the image had cooled, I covered the tag with more of the Evergreen Bough DI, trying to blend it with the background & buffing the tree with paper towel to remove any ink from its surface.
I considered using nothing but various shades of green, but it was a stretch too far, so I compromised by using silver. The silver leaves are from the large on a branch die from Marianne Design Createables, I cut the birds off & used one of them as an accent on the sentiment. I used PaperArtsy flower dies on green Mirri card to make the flower, with leaves cut from Kraft Glassine paper – they are coloured with Evergreen Bough & Iced Spruce. Everything else, the bow, the wreath, the silver ric–rac ribbon, adhesive gems, is from my Christmas stash.
So what do you think? I made this tag on Monday, (and it took me hours; despite its small size way too much faffing went on), so I’ve had plenty of time to study it & I’ve decided that on the whole, I’m happy with it.
That’s it from me for now. Blogger has been acting up this evening, it’s taken me almost three hours to complete this short post.
Thank you for visiting & until next time,
Love & light.