I started out with a stenciled background using Tim Holtz's Birch Trees stencil. I lightly sprayed some Antique Linen Distress spray onto 110 lb white cardstock, then did a stencil monoprint of the birch trees with multiple shades of light brown and grey Distress inks. After drying the monoprint, I lined the stencil up again and stenciled through it with Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress inks, adding drips and drops of water as well.
To define the birch tree images further, I used a water soluble graphite pencil to outline the trees and softened the lines with a paint brush dipped into a bit of water. As a finishing touch, I spattered the stenciled background with diluted white acrylic paint for a snowy feel (sorry, didn't get a picture of that step!).
Three ornaments from Tim Holtz's Festive Sketch stamp set were stamped onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with Wendy Vecchi Archival inks in Red Geranium, Forget-Me-Knot and Leaf Green and then coloured and shaded with multiple colours of Distress inks and a waterbrush.
The ornaments were then embossed with some Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder to bring the December twist of 'shimmer' into play and fussy cut.
To bring a bit more shimmer and shine to my card, I die cut the words 'happy holidays' with Tim Holtz's Holiday Words #2:Thin dies into some gold foil cardstock.
The edges of the stenciled background were distressed and inked with some Frayed Burlap Distress ink and the gold foil die cut was applied to the bottom.
A card blank was created from some kraft cardstock and the stenciled background adhered with some double sided tape. More cardstock was coloured with several shades of green Distress inks and I die cut some greenery with Tim Holtz's Mini Holiday Greens dies (sorry, missed getting a picture of that step too!). The greenery was adhered to the top of the card
and white gesso 'snow' was added here and there with a sprinkling of Clear Rock Candy Distress glitter for more sparkle.
The fussy cut ornaments were mounted onto some fun foam for dimension and hung from the greenery above with pieces of metallic gold embroidery floss.
And more white gesso sprinkled with Rock Candy Distress glitter was added to the tops of the ornaments.
I am ashamed to say that this was the first time I'd used the Holiday Words Thins dies but I do love that font!
Wish the shimmer would show up better in the pictures, this card really is very lovely in real life. You can catch just a glimpse of it in this side on shot.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by today and I hope that you will be able to join in our December challenge.
I'd like to take this opportunity as well to wish you and yours a joyous holiday season and I will see you all again in 2017!