Our November challenge is to use STAMPS in your mixed media project! For some of you this probably seems way way too easy, but I know for others this definitely will be a challenge! You could also try to use your stamps in a different way than you usually do... think outside the box!
I am so so thrilled for the prize this month... a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO UNITY STAMP CO! And it's just in time to get some holiday shopping in, too! You definitely want to enter this month for a chance to be the random winner! THANK YOU UNITY!
I bought these cardboard ornament boxes at Michael's last year and I think they were only 29 cents each. So obviously I stocked up and didn't touch them for 11 months ;) First I covered them with Faber Castell Gesso.
I also did a light coat of gesso over some Neenah Solar White cardstock. Once it dried, I stamped all my Unity stamps with Archival black ink.
Look at your stamps in a different way! I only wanted the candy canes but could not find a candy cane stamp... so I just fussy cut the part that I wanted from this sweet penguin.
For the pine trees I stamped them with a green Stamper's Big Brush Pen from Faber Castell. The ink stamps just as well as an ink pad and it is also permanent when dry.
I colored all of my images with PITT Pens. This is why I originally coated my paper with gesso, so I could easily blend the PITT pen colors.
I coated the inside with gel medium and pasted a light blue DCWV paper in the center. I colored all the sides and did some shading with my Gelatos. Once that was dry, I used a stencil and some Whipped Spackle to add little snow drops.
The snow on the bottom is a combination of a LOT of Whipped Spackle, tan mica flakes from Stampendous, and chunky clear glitter. While the Whipped Spackle was still wet, I simply placed all of my elements into the 'snow' where I wanted them. Once everything dried, they were stuck!
I finished the shadow box with the banner across the top and a Happy Holidays sentiment. I definitely intend to make more as Christmas gets closer!
Now time for the close up glamour shots!...
I'm so glad you joined me for your first day of November and my little winter Shadow Box! Can't wait to see everything you create and enter to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge gallery! Remember to use stamps and HAVE FUN :)