This is my entry for this months Claritystamp challenge, which has the theme of "Trees." In keeping with the season, I've decided to make a very simple little Christmas project.
Firstly I drew round the outline of my template, then slowly began building up the colour using Faded Jeans Distress Ink with a stencil brush, gently working round and round. You can see below how it starts out light and gradually builds in intensity.
Then I cut out the circle and added even more depth of colour around the edge with the same ink using a mini blending tool.
The next step was to create some snow. This is quite a simple effect to achieve, just flicking water at the artwork and blotting with paper towel. As you can see, although the technique is easy, it is a bit more difficult to control; and I have created a blizzard!
To complete this piece, I used Jo Rice's trick of soaking the mini blending tool with water to lift the ink and make a full moon (Thanks Jo!), then stamped the carol onto shrink plastic, and glued into place once I had shrunk it down.
Now it was time to start work on the artwork for the other side. I brushed Faded Jeans Distress Ink about half way round for the sky. Using only Olive Archival Ink, I sponged through the Treescape Mask to create a backdrop, then using first, second and third generation ink with the trees from the Bleak Midwinter set I completed the forest before cutting out.
The two pieces of artwork were then stuck together back to back.
I then assembled the bauble, adding a few sequin snowflakes to create a shaker effect. My first intention had been to use some polystyrene beads, but the static kept making these stick to the sides of the bauble, so I had to have a little rethink and move to plan B.
Apologies for the quality of the photos; the finished bauble was difficult to photograph. If you have time, please leave a comment; I'd love to know what you think. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and many blessings for the New Year. In spite of all my good intentions, it will probably be 2015 before I get round to blogging again. Till next time, next year! Xxx