Happy 1st day of December everyone! And with it being the first day of December that means over at Simon Says Stamp it is DieCember! There are tons of new dies and other products available right now at Simon Says Stamp, just click here to see the new products. I have two projects to share with you today, so let's get started! (An affiliate linked list of products is at the end of this post. Using my links allows me to earn a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.)
Simon was so kind and sent me the new Fir Sprig die. I just love this delicate little sprig! I needed to make some cards for my mom to give to her grandchildren and great grandchildren for Christmas and birthdays. This card is for my niece, Una, who has a birthday at the beginning of December (just two days after mine!). I die cut the Fir Sprig from silver and green glitter cardstocks and then adhered them together. I used a Simon Says Stamp embossing folder from last year called Faceted Snowflakes to emboss a piece of white cardstock cut to fit a mini slimline card. I adhered the panel and the fir sprigs to the card base and then added the white twine bow. The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Hexagon Greetings stamp set. I stamped it on vellum using watermark ink and heat embossed using silver embossing powder. The sentiment was die cut with the hexagon die and popped up on the card using rolled up glue dots placed behind the words. Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.
I have really been into creating projects using different Tim Holtz products and when I saw the Fir Sprig die I knew I had to make one of those kinds of projects to share. I knew I wanted the sprigs to be sturdy, so I started by spraying sheets of watercolor paper with Rustic Wilderness distress spray stain and distress mica sprays in Tree Lot (from the 2021 Tim Holtz Holiday collection), Frosted Juniper and Fresh Balsam (both from the 2022 Tim Holtz Holiday collection). I never thought I would be such a fan of the distress spray stains and the mica sprays, but I AM! Can't wait to see what Tim comes out with next year! I sprayed up all the pieces and then set then on my crafting desk to dry. I thought they would be fine there, but they weren't. Our Doberman, Sparky, is a funny guy. He often sneaks into the craft room and steals pieces of cardstock or paper from my scrap bin. On this particular night he snuck in and stole two of the pieces I had created! I was a little upset with him when I discovered his misdeed in the morning! I had to spray a few more pieces before I could get started! Now I know to put them out of his reach! After die cuttting all the sprigs I added some multi medium matte to the sprigs and poured on Rock Candy glitter. So pretty in real life! I let them dry and got started on the base for my wreath. I covered a square vignette box with paper from the Idea-ology Christmas Worn Wallpaper pack. Then I got to the fun part of distress up the box. I added some crackle paste and let it do its job. Once all the crackles appeared I rubbed on distress crayon in Ground Espresso. I also added some Walnut Stain ink and then I added some mica sprays in the colors I used for the sprigs, as well as the Rustic Wilderness spray stain.
Once the box was fully dry, I started arranging all the sprigs in my wreath. I adhered the sprigs using distress collage medium. Once the wreath was dry, I added the little baubles that I made by adding them to a dish and coloring them with alcohol ink in current. I adhered them with the distress collage medium, as well. I finished with the little candy cane/velvet bow center piece. I aged the candy canes with some walnut stain before adhering them together and adding the bow. I let the piece dry completely and then finished things off with lots of Snowfall grit paste. I added the paste to the tops of the candy canes, as well as the baubles and to the corners of the piece.
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I hope you enjoyed my projects. Don't forget to head over to the Simon Says Stamp website to check out the new release. Have a wonderful day!