Monday 21 November 2016

Artsy Christmas card

I really wanted to create a textured background over patterned paper and although this didn't finish quite how I imagined it would I still like the finished result.

I began with some Christmas patterned craft paper (bought from Hobby Craft) .....

.... and began altering it by dipping and drying it using watery gesso.

Next I added white texture paste through Tim's Holiday Script stencil and let dry.

Next I scraped white gesso over the stencilling and watched the letters and words appear, still leaving some interest in the background.

(When the background was fully dry I was intending to lay down some watery washes, let them drip and merge a little and then splatter with titanium white media acrylic paint. But I loved it just like this so decided to leave it alone - that's unusual for me!!!!)

I had found some bought and ready made Christmas ornaments which are ultra glittery, in fact too glittery for what I wanted so I finger washed over a very thin layer of watery gesso which now gives them a chalky bloom, much more in keeping with what was in my head. You can see the difference between them on the two sets below.

I die cut some holiday greens in white card and inked them with ground espresso, stamped and cut out the sentiment using both coffee and black archival ink and gathered some winter berries  to add to the mix.

A mount, a star and bows finished off the layering nicely.

Again I made two of my design, I need to get a lot more finished and in the box before I need to send them out..

Well it's Monday, this is a scheduled post and Mixology will be over. I'll be back soon to let you know how it went.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx

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