Hello all, Alison here with some sparkling fir trees for you. I don't break out the glitter very often, but if not at Christmas, then when?! And after a brief skirmish with the bright traditionals, red, gold and green, I'm back in my neutrals comfort zone... in fact pretty much monochromatic.
It's also my first time having a play with Tim Holtz's new Vintage Platinum Glitter Dust... I think it probably won't be the last!
For the background, I swiped Ground Espresso, Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke inks on to my craft mat and did some wrinkle-free distress technique on to the tag. It turned out there was more Ground Espresso than the rest, so it all got rather dark rather quickly. I spattered some Fresco Snowflake over it to lighten things.
Then I thought it would be nice to have some snowfall, so I used the Speckles layering stencil to add some more white paint, and sponged a bit on to the foot of the tag too, to create some snow drifts. I decided there wasn't quite enough snowfall, so I added a couple of spritzes of DecoArt Media Mister in White Shimmer.
Turns out that was a good idea, as you get a whole lot more shimmer into the bargain!
The trees were cut using the wonderful Woodlands Thinlits, and I painted them with some Ground Espresso Distress Paint so that they would be the right colour under the glitter dust.
I used Sticky Embossing Powder to adhere my Vintage Platinum Glitter Dust, and then rubbed some off again in places so that the trees would have a slightly more distressed "bark" look. Yeah, right... whoever heard of glittering bark?!
I used a pastel pencil, blended with a water brush, to create some shading under the trees to ground them.
And I stamped the word from the Handwritten Holidays #1 set in Versamark before embossing with dark brown embossing powder.
The whole thing is mounted on some white card, both layers distressed with the Paper Distresser. And I topped it off with some simple Crinkle Ribbon (slightly grunged with a hint of Ground Espresso) and fine twine.
It was a bit of a nightmare trying to photograph my sparkling trees, hanging the tag in the ivy in strong wind, trying to catch the last rays of the afternoon sun. But I hope you think it was worth it.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I'll see you again soon.