Seems a tad weird posting Christmas makes in this amazing weather (too hot?!) but with Christmas fast approaching, I couldn’t resist playing with the new Christmas releases from Visible Image… so I’ve plonked myself down in the garden under a HUGE umbrella with my two hot water bottles Stan and Syd the Dachshunds next to me (because that’s what you need in this heat… two dogs snuggled right up close!)
Christmas Chaos is a ‘very me’ stamp set. A mixed media set that is perfect for grunging up and layering and getting inky with… or not… it depends on how you like to work.
I have to admit, I’ve used four of the new stamp sets on this make but the main focal point, the wreath, is made from Christmas Chaos.
I didn’t take any stepped photos for this make (apologies Mark and Helen!) as I got too ‘in the moment’ and this is the only one I remembered! Having stamped each of the smaller images, the holly, the scribbled star and the number 25 from the number line, I’ve coloured each one using a mixture of watercolours, spritzing inks and watercolour pencils in order to get vibrant Christmas colours. Once dried I’ve gone over certain elements using a Tonic Studios Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pens to give a hint of sparkle, scribbled a white Porsche pen over some and added glossy accents to others.
Once dried, they were all fussy cut out (no mean feat I can tell you!) and placed to one side.
The middle of the wreath I decided to make into a shaker, so having die-cut my circles out, I used Distress Oxides (Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire and Faded Jeans) to create a dark sky background. After a little splatter of Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide Spray and some white Gesso splatters, I’ve heat embossed the gorgeous little roof stamp and some stars from the Christmas Eve set using Wow Embossing Powders.
For the shaker element, used beads and some sequin stars I’ve had hanging around for ages and, after constructing it all together, I added some bells (why not, it is Christmas!) and some small glitter balls I’d saved from some crackers years ago.
As the wreath element is quite busy, I chose a simple background on which it could sit so stamped the larger text stamp from Christmas Backgrounds in Festive Berries – how apt!
The sentiment, from Sentimental Christmas, was stamped using Versafine Clair (in Nocturne) and matted onto red and black card before adding foam tape to the rear to give it a little lift. I added a sprig of holly to the sentiment and one to the top left of the card and ta-da! All finished!
Here’s some lovely images of the new Christmas stamps for you to drool over…
I’ll see you again soon with more Christmas makes… I’m off to enjoy some sun!