Good morning! After an invigorating weekend away with some dear friends, I am back today with a new blog post using some lovely new holiday goodies from Spellbinders! I was lucky enough to play with the new Christmas Sentiments and Dangling Ornaments stamp sets from the Zenspirations collection by Spellbinders. Let’s get started with the details!
I started by heat embossing the ornaments from the Dangling Ornaments stamp set onto some Arches cold press watercolor paper using Brass embossing powder. I like the richer tones of the Brass when compared to plain gold… just adds a little extra depth to the color scheme. I then used the Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors in shades of Pine, Strawberry, Deep Ocean Liquid Watercolors to color each of the ornaments in a super traditional color scheme. The ornament stamps reminded me very much of those beautiful vintage ornaments that my great-grandmother had on her Christmas tree, and I couldn’t resist painting them with those bright, primary colors.
For the background, I used Mowed Lawn, Barn Door, and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide inks to create a background that reminds me of old, ceramic, multi-colored Christmas lights. I diluted a dab of the new Hero Arts Bronze Glimmer Paints with a bit of water, then splattered it onto the blended background. I fussy cut the watercolored ornaments, then adhered them to the blended card front using dimensional adhesive. I heat embossed the greeting from Christmas Sentiments onto a strip of vellum, then folded the edges over the bottom of the card front to “hide” the strips of adhesive.
I mounted the whole front panel on an A2 card base.
Well, that’s all for me today! I hope you will check out the entire Zenspirations collection from Spellbinders. There are some really beautiful stamps and dies in the collection… and they’re so fun to paint! I think they’d be great blended or with alcohol inks, too. Thanks so much for dropping by, and have a marvelous day!