Monday, December 12, 2016

Tweet Tweet Merry Merry

How did we get so close to Christmas already?! One of the best traditions in the bloggy world for the holidays is Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist! I love playing along with these fun challenges, and for today I am sharing my tag inspired by Day 1 which was a color challenge :)

I had a lot of fun with this darling Christmas Bird stamp set that I colored with my Design Memory Craft Gelatos. Here's how I did it!...

I started by stamping the images on watercolor paper with permanent black ink. I always use my MISTI when stamping on watercolor paper so I can stamp twice to get a smooth impression.

For the Teal portion of the color challenge I used two different blue shades of Gelatos to blend color onto my bird. I blended the color using the handy blending tool from the Gelatos Tool Kit.

I used the same coloring and blending technique to fill in the Santa hat and the holly leaves. Now I have my green, red, and pink for the challenge as well!

I colored the background of my tag with the same Gelatos as I used with the Santa hat. Then I colored this polka dot Hero Arts stamp with Snow Cone Gelatos, misted the stamp with water, and stamped directly onto the tag. I love the subtle background this created!

To give the bird a base to sit on, I added some green and silver washi tapes then finished it off with a twine green bow. Now I can fussy cut the stamped images and add my birdie!

The bird was adhered with foam dots to lift it up from the background. I also used Liquid Applique to give a puffy cotton look on the Santa Hat. You'll see I also added some details with Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Texture Gems in Silver.

Thanks for joining me and have a very Merry Christmas!

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