Sunday, November 18, 2012

Multi-medium Christmas ornament

Tis the time to start creating for this holiday season!  These 4x4x.25 paper mache stars have taken up space in my "to be altered" box for several years because I have never been satisfied with a focal image that I felt worked well with the star shape.  Finally when I saw this  snow bird cling stamp by Stampendous I immediately knew I had to try it out on the star.  And to sweeten the work Simon Says Stamp and Show's challenge this week is to stamp with out ink. 

So to get started I painted the base with Ranger's white acrylic dabber paint and continued with Hero Arts Music Collage background stamp CG376, Claudine Hellmuth's Gel Medium, Acrylic Paints, Luminere w/Gel, Dimensional Pearls, Distress Stains, Ranger's dry glitter, glossy accents, Rock Candy, embellishments-stars, mini jingle bells and pipe cleaner.  For me this project became extremely challenging with the paint's uneven lines. As I was painting I looked at the lines incorrectly and ended up with a bird that that looked like it was wearing a cape!  I had painted 3 of 4 sections of the bird I created the wrong color-yikes! It made for some great laughs! And I learned the best thing of working with acrylics paints-just add more layers of paint.  However the bird you see was hand know I stamp because of my limited drawing skills.  So for me this was a terrific challenge in which I stretched my skills in many directions of putting together an ornament, using products that have not been cracked open in the last year and drawing a bird!  Who would have thought!  But tons of fun!  I will be happy to sign and date this one!

Happy holiday crafting!


  1. Oh WOW, Jan! This is just gorgeous! Love it!

  2. Lovely decor piece! I also have things that have been waiting to be altered for years so I know where you're coming from. Thanks for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

  3. Jan, you've really outdone yourself! This star is gorgeous! Absolutely wonderful! Lovly detail. This will most definitely be a treasured ornaments!

  4. WOW!!!! That is gorgeous!! It will be treasured for sure!!

  5. This is gorgeous Jan and I love that bird stamp! I too, have items waiting to be altered for many years... But that makes it extra fun to finally use them. Love all the textures you achieved. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!


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