Hi Friends and welcome to the Holiday Blog Hop for the Jessica Sporn Designs Creative team. Today I am hopping along with Jessica Sporn, Kristin Van Valkenburg, Karen Gaunt, and Denise Alloca to share some fabulous holiday creations using Jessica Sporn Designs stamps and stencils. ALSO ….. we have an amazing GIVEAWAY – Three Lucky commenter will win One of these three beautiful items: Jessica’s Blessings Stamp, Jessica’s Handmade ornament and Denise’s Love Memo Board/Photo Display (see the photos below of these gorgeous items) – all comments on all the blogs count so be sure to hop on by each blog and leave some love on each one.
Today I’m sharing something a bit different. Today’s project I have used an old piece of wood that I found in my basement and altered it into a holiday / Christmas themed decoration.
I used a light layer of gesso to go over it mainly because when you paint on a piece of unsealed wood the paint tends to really seep in and you have to add several layers in order to get the color you are trying to achieve.
Next I used the “Doors and Windows Stencil” selecting one of the doors and one of the windows that I thought went together and using some black Dylusions paint (because I wanted a matte finish and it’s the only matte black I have ) I stenciled the door and then the window right above it. While it was still wet (takes a bit longer to dry on wood I’ve noticed) with some red matte acrylic paint and I choose to do it while it was wet because I wanted the door to look more worn so this helped the black run into the red while I was painting it. I also took some more black paint and closed up the stencil lines on the door and window so they were solid lines and no gaps.
Next I found in my stash this “pine looking” pipe cleaner (I know right who knew lol) well it was perfect for making a wreath for my door. I decided on the size I wanted it to be and then just twisted it around twice to make it a little more full, then added this tiny bow that I also found in my stash (I didn’t buy anything for this project it’s was created by things I have collected over the years). I glued the wreath on with some E6000 glue and I left it to dry for probably and hour.
Then using the “Herbs Stencil” to create the look of an evergreen tree, I stenciled on the edge of the wood to make it look like there were branches hanging in front of the house and used a matte green acrylic paint.
Working on the windows a bit more I added another layer of white and then a thin coate fo the Nickel Azo Yellow (this is a very transparent yellow and worked perfect for the look I was going for). As I wanted to make it appear that there were lights on in the house.
I then took the 6 Point Stary Night Stencil and added some stars above the window I used the Sugar glitter paste by Bo Bunny. You just apply it as if you were using texture paste with a palette knife just be sure you wash your stencil immediately because this stuff tries really fast and it will ruin your stencil.
Once the stars dried you can see they are barely visible so to make them pop and stand out a bit more I took a sponge and just dabbed on a bit of distress ink in fossilized amber.
To give the windows more of a “glass look” I used my DecoArt Media Liquid Glass and applied a thin coat to all 4 windows – this takes a bit of time to dry so I would definitely do this part last and just let it set over night if you can.
Then to embellish it just a bit more I found a few more goodies in my stash. The first were these little mini presents I used my E6000 glue and glued them right to the wood in a stacked manner to look as if there were presents stacked outside the door and then a little tree. This isn’t actually a tree – you know that scented “stuff” you can get at craft stores that has pine cones and other items in it – I guess it’s called vase filler. Well I had some of that and in it was this little piece of pine. I turned it upside down and it looked just like a little mini Christmas tree so I took a piece of this fluffy garland that I had that was meant for a mini tree and wrapped that around it and then this little cardinal that came in a flower arrangement I received years ago and have saved all this time and glued that to the top with my E6000 glue. I glued the whole tree next to the door with the same glue and left it over night to dry secure. This particular piece of wood is large enough that it stands on its own. I think it’s 1/2″ thick, but if yours can’t stand on it’s own or you prefer to hang it you could certainly add a hanger to the back of it or some nails or pegs to the top or back and add some twine to hang it as an idea.
Here are some photos of the final project and a couple close ups.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial don’t forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win one of the great items listed above and be sure to stop by the other blogs listed here: Jessica Sporn, Kristin Van Valkenburgh, Karen Gaunt, Denise Alloca and leave a comment by 12/12/16 9AM EST for more chances to win. The winners will be selected and announced on Jessica Sporn’s Blog on 12/13 7AM EST. Happy Holiday Season my friends !!