Hello Lisa Hoel here! It’s the waning hours of 2014 – I can hardly believe it! To finish out the year strong I have a looong technique packed tutorial for you to enjoy. Better get a beverage because I’m going to step through the techniques I used to make…
this, my Winter Fairy Luminary! If you do a search for “luminary” on my blog, you will see that I am very fond of this die and have made several of them. Here is a better look at the base I created for this one:
Let’s dig into the how to!
I was inspired by a technique that Tammy Tutterow shared on her blog. I cut an arched shape out of matboard and inked it with distress inks and stamped it with archival ink. I then used Distress reinkers and a water brush to “watercolor” the stamped image. Following Tammy’s technique, I used a snowflake embossing folder flipped over so it would deboss onto the front of my background panel. I tried to position it within the folder so the castle image would be mostly untouched.
Next I spread a layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the panel and then used a piece of chipboard to scrap away the excess paint. This leaves crackle paint in the debossed areas and a thin glaze of paint on the raised areas. I also sprinkled a little Dry Rock Candy Glitter onto the panel while it was wet for extra sparkle. The crackle paint looks so cool when it dries in the debossed areas!
Here’s another closeup of the back panel in its completed state:
I needed to raise the panel up so it would show behind the luminary so I made a little platform out of scrap matboard and glued it all in place on my foamcore base:
This die is a bit fussy to put together but once you’ve done it a few times it gets easier. I like to use a quick grab wet glue like 3M Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive. The special technique I used here deals with the window treatment. This is a technique I first tried in my Woodlands Accordion Candle Screen. The first step is to stamp your design using archival ink onto tissue paper. I immediately dry my stamping with a heat tool to reduce ink bleed.
I cut pieces of clear plastic (mine was from old packaging) a little bigger than the window opening and coated one side with Glue ‘n Seal. Then positioned the plastic over the section of image I wanted to show and smoothed it down over the tissue.
I carefully peeled the tissue/plastic off the craft mat and flipped it over to dry. Now comes the fun part – adding a frosty crackle to the “window glass”:
Cool isn’t it? When you put Rock Candy Crackle Paint on a slick surface, you first need to coat it with Glue ‘n Seal or the paint will flake off when it’s dry. I went ahead and put a layer of Glue ‘n Seal on the plastic of my windows. Once it is dry, you can either put a layer of crackle paint on right then or do what I did. I also wanted icy crackle paint on the luminary itself so I planned to do it all in one step. I went ahead and glued the windows into the luminary panels and then assembled it. Make sure the Glue ‘n Seal covered plastic side is facing out!
When the luminary was put together, I applied the crackle paint to the windows and areas around them, setting it aside to dry.
3) Decorate the Setting
Back to the base! I wanted the Woodland Trees to look super frosty so I spritzed them with watered down Picket Fence Distress Paint and then immediately sprinkled them heavily with Dry Rock Candy Glitter. Oh, I love that stuff!
I cut two pieces of white cardstock with the Tree Line die for the back sides of the scene (I needed something to glue snowflakes to!) I covered them with Glue ‘n Seal and coated with more Dry Rock Candy Glitter.
For the fake snow I got the idea from the Tim Holtz July tag’s faux sand. I mixed Glossy Accents with coarse crystal glitter and spread it around the base with a palette knife. Make sure there is a big enough clear area for the luminary to rest on! I sprinkled on more Dry Rock Candy Glitter while it was wet (good thing you can get a big container of that stuff!) I poked the trees into place while the snow was wet also. The snow glued them in place when it dried. I glued on the side tree panels, snowflakes, fairy and trim once the snow was perfectly dry.
Whew! There are quite a few “wintery” tricks here you can use in your projects for the next few months. Thanks for following along and I hope that you’ve been inspired to try some out. Most of the supplies can be purchased at Inspiration Emporium. Be sure to check back in here to find out what the January challenge will be and Happy New Year!! We appreciate you visiting and hope we can continue to provide you with loads of Inspiration in 2015.
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