Hi there, crafty friends, and thank you for joining us in this Holiday blog hop!
Inspired By Stamping and WorldWin Papers has teamed up to offer you over 15 inspiring Christmas projects to jump start your holiday season. We hope that you’ll find just the right inspiration for your next Christmas themed project.
Christmas season is all about gift giving, and this hop is no exception. We have planned a very sweet giveaway for a lucky winner. To be eligible for the giveaway, please visit each blog in the list, grabbing the “letter” code as you go. Once you’ve landed on our last blog, which is the Inspired by Stamping blog, you will leave a comment with the secret phrase created by putting together all of those letters that you collected from each blog.
The deadline is Sunday night (the 21st) and winners of the giveaway will be announced on October 23rd on both the WorldWin Papers and Inspired by Stamping blogs. The designers have worked hard to produce all of these fantastic creations, and we would like to invite you to leave some comments on their individual blogs as well.
So what are you waiting for...let the hopping begin!
For my project I decided to decoupage an old frame I had found at a garage sale. In keeping with my non-traditional Christmas color theme this year, I used a snowflake theme but used the colors red/green/gold instead of the traditional blue/white/silver. This happens to match my home decor exactly, as you can see by the wall behind the frame.
I stamped many, many snowflakes from the IBS Winter Wonderland set onto World Win Premium White Cardstock, then tore it into many randomly-shaped pieces and adhered the pieces with decoupage glue. Then I colored it with a couple of different types of pastel waterbased colors, experimenting this way and that until I had the sage green effect I was looking for. I was going to cut away the ragged edges on the inside of the frame after adhering all of the pieces, but about halfway through I decided I liked the look they gave, sort of like icicles or snowdrifts!
Once the colors had dried, I rubbed all the torn edges with brown distress ink to give it a bit of a vintage feel. Even though the edges were covered with the dried glue, they still took the stain a little bit. I rubbed gold Rub 'N' Buff on all four edges for a nice, antique gilded appearance.
The roses almost look like thin sheet metal, don't they, but they're World Win Petallics papers (Wine Cup and Gold Ore) which are shimmery and out of this world gorgeous. I used a flat flower die to fashion them, antiquing the edges first with brown distress ink.
The street lamp and holly are die cuts that I've painted with shimmer paints to add a bit of interest. That cute little JOY banner is from the Inspired By Stamping Build a Snowman stamp set, having first been cut on my Silhouette Cameo, then heat embossed with gold embossing powder. Joanna is super generous in providing FREE cut files with many of her stamp sets!
The reindeer postage stamp as well as a few other bits here are from the Vintage Postcards Add On set.
This sentiment is a "shadow sentiment" that I bought in the Silhouette store. I used World Win Petallics Wine Cup for the red layer and World Win Kromekote Brushed Gold Foil Mirror Finish for the top layer. The little star postmark piece as well as the snowflake postage stamp underneath the sentiment are from the IBS Vintage Postcards Add On set as well.
Another lovely rose. To this corner I also added a two-layer, triple-loop bow and let the streamers curl and twist along the length of each side of the frame. The leaves are die cuts from World Win Original Colormates Dark Spring Green that I've painted with Copics and then dry brushed with a bit of gold shimmer paint.
Real antique lace is under the bottom roses. I applied vintage glass glitter plus ultra fine clear glitter to the lace. One can never have to much sparkle and shine, hence all the shiny gold snowflakes (from World Win Kromekote Brushed Gold Foil Mirror Finish) and red rhinestones sprinkled about.
I hope you've enjoyed my project and now urge you to keep on hopping to decipher the code and win some fabulous prizes!