It’s been a tough year. For our family, there’s been a lot of travel, packing, repacking, moving to our new home, and we’ve been in and out of sickness. Financially, well, let’s just say we did get to feel how the rest of the world is feeling with the hard times.
Despite all of this, I do believe that we are still blessed. Despite the bad economy, numerous typhoons hitting our country (Philippines), we’re still alive, healthy and surviving.
For me, being able to create is already such a blessing. So I wanted that to be my message for myself, for our family, and even for everyone this Christmas season.
No matter how bad it gets, if you hit rock bottom, remember: there’s no way to go but up.
The goods: chipboard letters (locally sourced); Pink Parts Color Kit; Green Color Kit; drinks stickers and ribbon from Lush Kit; white and black embossing powder; Versamark; white and black acrylic paint; Maya Road Sheer Butterfly Album page; straw ribbon; clear string; Melissa Frances Clear Stamps (Damask).
What I did:
For the letters — I stamped the damask designs on the chipboard letters with Versamark. I then covered the stamped design with white embossing powder, which I then heated with a heat gun. When the white design was raised, I painted over the entire chipboard letter with black acrylic paint. I then used baby wipes to wipe off the black paint from the white design.
I then punched two holes on the tops of the letter before stringing them together with straw ribbon.
For the sheer album page — I embossed it with black embossing powder.
For the woman, man, boy, house chipboard pieces — I stamped the damask designs with Versamark. I then spread black embossing powder over the stamped design before heating it with a heat gun. When the design was raised, I then painted over the design and the entire chipboard piece with white acrylic paint. Then I used baby wipes to wipe off the acrylic paint from the black designs. I also ended up wiping off the white acrylic paint, which gave the pieces a nice shabby chic look.
I then hung them on clear string and then looping more things on the string — bits from the Green and Pink Parts Color Kits, metal charms and the stickers from the Lush Kit which I’d adhered on transparency before cutting out and stringing.
Tip: You can spell out your personal message, mantra, saying for the holidays using different letters and making your own personal banner. Or even just playing with letter magnets on your ref. Why not make it a family activity and have the kids spell out their own words for Christmas then hang it on the tree or just post it somewhere you can see everyday to make you smile.
Come and play and share it with us on our Flickr group. Or share with us a link to your blog.
I’m posting my Stamped Tags next.