I hope you are enjoying the holiday and don't find yourself scrambling too much. Surprisingly, I'm NOT in procrastination overdrive this year! Even enough on top of things to sneak in some craft time ;) I hope you enjoy my holiday decor piece...
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I started with an 8x8 wood panel. I first applied some molding paste through the Tim Holtz Christmas layering stencil in random places, then once dry, covered with gesso. (I like to avoid using a heat tool on molding paste if I can--I tend to get crisper edges when it dries naturally.)
I painted this base with two coats of Tim Holtz Bundled Sage distress paint. Then, I dry brushed some DecoArt metallic paint in Rich Espresso over the stenciled areas and rubbed back gently with a baby wipe. Love this color mixture and the way this effect turned out--just a hint of metallic to lightly define the letters and give it a slightly shimmery finish. This metallic tone helped tie various elements together on this project.
For the paper layers, I sandwiched a piece of white cardstock that had been painted with two coats of DecoArt metallic paint between two pieces from Tim's Yuletide paper stash. I trimmed each piece so it was slightly smaller than the one before, distressed all edges, and applied Vintage Photo distress ink. The top piece, I splattered with a mixture of the two metallic paints.
For the words "Oh Holy Night" I cut several of each letter from the Christmas Words Block die, gluing them together to give them more depth. After my coat of gesso was dry, I painted with two coats of DecoArt metallic paint. I printed and roughly cut the other lyrics, inking them with Antique Linen and then outlining with a Distress marker once glued.
For the stars, I used the Tim Holtz 3D stars die on heavy white cardstock. Once they were shaped, I painted with a layer of gesso, followed by two layers of metallic paint. The small stars are from Tim Holtz metal stars pack, painted with DecoArt Glorious Gold metallic paint.
I cut the trees from heavy cardstock using the Tim Holtz Evergreen tree die. I knew I wanted to play with some foreground/backgroun depth, so the top layer has five shapes glued together, the next two have three shapes each, and the back two are just one cut of cardstock. I applied a layer of grit paste to each of them, followed by gesso, then Bundled Sage distress paint, and metallic paint on the edges and for splatters. I wanted the 2nd and 4th trees to be slightly darker, so they have more metallic. The 2nd and 4th trees have one strip of Ranger adhesive tape to give a bit more depth, while the middle tree has two strips of tape.
For the finishing touch, I added some cheese cloth, stained with Antique Linen and tied with twine.
Thanks for looking! Merry Christmas!
Stencils: Tim Holtz Christmas layering stencil,
Dies: Tim Holtz Evergreen tree, 3D Stars, Christmas Words Block
Surfaces/Paper: 8x8 wood panel, Tim Holtz Yuletide paper stash, heavy white card-stock
Embellishments: cheesecloth, twine, Tim Holtz metal stars
Paint: Tim Holtz Distress paint in Bundled Sage, DecoArt Elegant Finish metallic paint in Rich Espresso and Glorious Gold
Distress Stain: Antique Linen
Distress Ink: Vintage photo, Antique Linen
Tools: craft mat, heat tool, Big Shot, Glossy Accents, matte medium, Tim Holtz splatter brush, Tim Holtz sanding grip, Distress Marker, Ranger foam tape