I don’t know about you but I just love this time of year. I have Christmas movies and music playing in the background from the beginning of November!!
So in the spirit of the season, I wanted to share some ideas with you on how to get a wintery festive feel into your projects. So here are my top ten tips for Christmas crafting along with some festive musical titles (how many can you recognise?)………..
1. LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW………
In my opinion you can never have enough snow!
Mix small 3D Balls and 3D Sand into White Powertex to get a textured snow effect. Experiment with different amounts of each until you get the consistency you need for your project.
Dry brushing with Powerpearl pigment makes the snow glisten.
2. OH CHRISTMAS TREE, OH CHRISTMAS TREE ………
Icelandic/Reindeer moss coated in Transparent Powertex makes a lovely textured Christmas tree. Be sure you give it enough time to dry – I left mine overnight, be careful if you use a hairdryer to speed up the process as you can burn the moss.
Here I have used moss that has been dyed bright green. The Powertex makes the dye bleed very slightly, so be aware of that when placing onto your project.
As the Powertex dried and became stickier, I used a skewer to push the tree into shape.
3. (Christmas) PRETTY LIGHTS ON THE TREE……..
Coat the large 3D Balls in Powertex and then dry brush with the pigments of your choice to make beautiful Christmas lights. To get a real shine coat with Easycoat Glossy.
These can then be placed onto your tree and for a stringed light effect use Powercotton coated in transparent Powertex to connect the lights together.
4. DECORATIONS OF RED ON A GREEN CHRISTMAS TREE……
Well actually the decorations can be any colour you like.
Use Stoneart clay and your favourite silicon moulds to create decorations for your tree. Attach to your project using Transparent Powertex .
Watch the video in the Penguin blog to see how to make Stoneart clay.
Dry brush with pigments to complement your chosen colour scheme
5. MERRY CHRISTMAS MR BUBLE……
Ok so I cheated on this title as I couldn’t think of any song with baubles in it……but you can’t have Christmas without a bit of Mr Buble.
Take a ball of Stoneart clay, insert a loop of cotton then coat with Easy Varnish.
Dip into glitter for a sparkly look or coat with your snow mix to look like a snowball.
6. WITH AN EVERGREEN WREATH ON A RED FRONT DOOR……..
You can make a great Christmas wreath by using a mdf cog. Coat with a layer of Powertex Green. Dip strips of Paperdec into the Powertex and lay around the cog in a circular shape.
Dry brush with Colortricx Terragreen pigment and sprinkle on a little snow to finish your wreath.
7. DECK THE HALLS WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY…………
Use your Stoneart clay with any cutters you have to create embellishments. Here I’ve used a sugarcraft holly leaf cutter with green clay. Remember to keep these cutters for non food use only.
The holly berries are 3d Balls dipped in Powertex and drybrushed with red pigment then coated with Easycoat Glossy.
8. WITH THOSE HOLIDAY GREETINGS AND GAY HAPPY MEETINGS……
You can add any greetings you like into your project by using the mdf letters .
I coated mine in the base colour then placed them onto my project. Using white Powertex I then painted over the top to make them stand out.
9. THE PRETTIEST PICTURE YOU’VE EVER SEEN IS CHRISTMAS IN KILLARNEY……
You can add a focal point into your project by using the Powertex rice papers.
Select the image you want to use and draw around it (leaving a small margin) using a wet paintbrush. Now gently pull away the excess paper keeping your hand on the image, this way if you tear by mistake it will be the waste that you rip into and not your picture.
Attach to your project using Easycoat Matt.
10. RAISE A CUP OF CHRISTMAS CHEER………..
After all your hardwork treat yourself to a little of what you like
Merry Christmas and Happy Creative Adventures…..see you all in the New Year