Brutus Monroe, Christmas, Create A Pointsettia, Distress Inks, Florals, Stampendous, Surface Sprays, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Christmas Splendor

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I’ve been madly stamping Christmas cards and all sorts of things as I prepare for an upcoming craft fair in late November!  I was inspired by a youtube video I watched the other day using Saran Wrap to get a fabulous background, so decided to try it!   I’m pretty tickled with how this card came out so I made two! 
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The first thing I did was spread out a large piece of Saran Wrap on my craft mat, wrinkling it up a bit.  I then spritzed it with Wagon Surface Spray and laid a panel of watercolor paper onto it.  Oooh!!  The texture!!  After drying it with my heat tool, I created another layer but this time using Phonebook Surface Spray, and a third layer of Jurassic Surface Spray!  The colors are so brilliant and pigmented!!  
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I thought that Stampendous’ Create A Pointsettia would look great on the background, so inked it up with Raven Detail Ink and stamped it out.  
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My next step was to paint the blossom which I did by tapping Aged Mahogany Distress Ink onto my craft mat then using a watery brush, adding several layers of color.  I filled in the holly leaves as well with Peeled Paint.  (Now, why didn’t I think to paint with the Surface Sprays?!)  As you can see, the card above is layered with a die-cut panel of gold foil card stock.  
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When this panel was dry, I coated the whole blossom with a heavy glaze of Ranger Glossy Accents and again, set it aside to dry.
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I came back to it later on and added Gold Nuvo Drops to the flower center and the berries, then let it dry again.  I trimmed it down with Stitched Rectangle Dies.  Because my image is so splendidly vibrant I kept it simple and attached it to a plain white card base.  I’ll stamp a holiday sentiment inside.  
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Just look at all that glossiness and shine!  Who knew that simple Saran Wrap and some Surface Sprays would yield such gorgeous results?!  

8 thoughts on “Christmas Splendor”

  1. Sharon…I cannot thank you enough for sharing this beautiful card. I recently purchased the surface sprays & have held off using them due to not having any BM cs (which I intend to remedy very soon). Now that I know what beautiful results can be had w/watercolor paper (& plastic wrap), I’M PLAYING LATER!!!

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  2. This card is beautiful. I am so intrigued by your technique. Do I understand correctly? You spray the Saran Wrap, lay the wc paper down & after drying you paint on top of the Saran Wrap? I’m not quite clear on this. Thks!

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  3. Good morning, Jan! I’m sorry I wasn’t very clear with my directions; I do spray the Saran Wrap with the Surface Spray, lay the WC paper onto it and then lift it off to reveal the pattern the Saran Wrap makes. I dry my WC paper, then repeat the process with another color of spray, drying my WC panel between each color. The Saran Wrap gets thrown away when I’m done. Then I stamp on top of the design it made on my paper and paint in the image. I hope this clears it up for you! Have fun creating! 🙂

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