SPELLBINDER DIE UPDATE: We received an update on the Spellbinder Dies introduced at Summer CHA - it's a good news/bad news scenario. The good news is that packaging will now include directions for using the dies in most embossing machines. The bad news is that due to these packaging changes the date for the release has now been moved back to the last week of October. We will continue to hold your names on our priority list and as soon as we have more information we will be contacting you with what we hope will be good news only. Thank you for your patience and support through these delays!
One of my favorite times of year is the Holiday Season! The wonderful music, bright lights, beautiful colors and luscious greens that appear at that time of year make it feel so warm and cozy. As Karen developed her new series of trees we talked about the different looks that we found appealing and that suited her style of drawing. I was tickled to see these when she finished up her drawings! I have to admit that my eye immediately went to the design with the birds. Why birds? I don't know being I am actually terrified of them flying around me - LOL! But the sense of calm and beauty that I feel (if I am within a safe distance) gives me the warm fuzzies.
Supplies Used: Snowy Tree with Birds, Scrapblock Scroll, Neenah Solar White, Memory Box Dill, Basic Grey Mellow, Foof-a-la Button, Velvet Ric Rac, Liquid Applique, Crystal Snow Glitter, Prismacolor Color Pencils
I began by coloring the Snowy Tree using my favorite colors of Primsacolor color pencils - Chartreuse, Lime Peel, Olive Green and Dark Green; Sand, Goldenrod and Burnt Ochre; Scarlet Red, Crimson Red and Tuscon Red; Cloud Blue, True Blue and Indigo Blue.
To create a more "snowy" feel I used Liquid Applique. One must always remember that a teeny, tiny, very small amount goes a LONG way - LOL! I find that this is one of the most essential things to remember when using this product. The liquid applique is barely visible to my eye when I first apply it. I sprinkle glitter on the applique when it is still wet and then allow it to dry for some time. The final step is to take your heat embossing tool and warm the applique. This is when the magic happens Ü. As it puffs out it begins to appear just like fresh fallen snow! The texture it adds to this image and any other snowy scene is absolutely marvelous. If you have not used the product before I would highly recommend testing it out on a piece of scrap paper before applying it to your beautifully colored image. This will help you take the guess work out of how much to apply.
The background was stamped with the Scroll Scrapblock. I completely inked the background and then used my Ink Blending Tool to dab and remove some of the ink from the stamp image. I did not want the appearance to be even or dark - I wanted a more distressed look to the stamped background pattern. I then used the ink that was on the ink blending tool to add additional ink distressing around the edges of the image as well as all over the surface to provide a more "antiqued" look. Experimenting with your tools can lead to some marvelous finds. I would like to encourage you to try this method with your blending tool - my motto is always, "What can it hurt?" If it looks really bad I can just try something else Ü Usually though this experimentation is what leads to some fun little ideas that can create new and different looks.
Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to visit the Classroom because the girls have provided you with a TON of wonderful ideas, eye candy and tips!