We have a bit of a change of pace at Craft Your Passion Challenges this week. Our Challenge theme is Christmas ABC...Anything but a card. It could be a gift box, decoration, present for someone, whatever. It doesn't have to be a papercraft project either. Love that! Our fabulous sponsor this week is Whimsy Stamps but we were allowed to choose any image from our stash so I chose to play with a Norma J Burnell image from Sweet Pea Stamps. I love her images because they are so detailed and tangly...so fun to colour. This one is called Holly and Mistletoe. I coloured her and her friends with Prismacolor pencils and then fuusy cut her leaving a narrow white border. She was matted on brown cardstock and another narrow border was cut to help her stand out from the background. The vibrant colours on the image next to the neutrals on the canvas make me happy.
I applied Nougat and Mocha Mousse Fresco paints to the 5 x 7" canvas with a piece of Cut n Dry foam to get a blended effect. Once that was dry, I tapped more Mocha Mousse through the TCW Spinning Tops stencil. Nougat was pounced on using a stencil brush and TCW's Mini Punchinella stencil. The same stencil was used to apply both colours as a brush mix. The word Peace is a stamp from my stash...I can't remember the maker. I used Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink to apply it randomly to the background.
Once Holly and friends were adhered to the canvas, a scrap of frayed burlap was glued to the bottom right corner to blend the image into the background. A piece of trim was stapled over the top of the burlap and both were scuffed with the Chestnut Roan ink. An Artisan Flower from pink paislee was adhered onto the burlap and two Christmas tickets from Vectoria Designs were tucked into the grouping. To create some balance another burlap scrap was adhered to the top left of the canvas and a TH corner piece was placed over that.
Snowflakes were cut from kraft paper which I had used to clean off a white sprayed stencil. It gave a fun texture and pattern to the flakes. The larger punch is Recollections and the smaller is Martha Stewart. Both had Chestnut Roan applied to the edges for contrast and grunge. A large white snowflake was added to the bigger of the two sizes and white threaded buttons were added to the smaller flakes. A sparkly snowflake button with the shank removed was popped up on foam dots and added near the smaller flakes. The final touches were the doodling done with a sepia Micron pen and the edging of the canvas which was done with the Chestnut Roan ink.
That completes my little Christmas Anything But a Card project. Thank you so much for dropping by today to meet Holly and Mistletoe. I truly appreciate your visits and wonderful comments. If you get a chance, pop by the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog to see the fabulous creations from the rest of our talented team. I hope you will join us for this challenge. After this one we are taking a week's holiday so we'll see you again on December 30. If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a lovely one!
I am entering this project in the following challenges:
Allsorts ~ #237 Snowflakes
Di's Digi Designs ~ Non-Traditional Christmas Colours
Catch the Bug ~ Favourite Christmas Song (Let there be peace on earth)
Brown Sugar ~ #72 Christmas
613 Avenue Create ~ # 50 Anything Goes
Left Of Center Creative Challenges ~ #20 LOC Winter or Holidays
QKR Stampede ~ #68 Three favourite embellies (burlap, buttons, ephemera)
Sweet Pea Stampers ~ It's Cold Outside
One Sweet Challenge ~ A Gift in Itself
Life is good; so is art.