Merry Christmas! I hope everyone has a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family. In your down time, you can take a peek at Dorothy’s adorable Christmas layout featuring the yearly visit to see Santa.
One of the main components of the kit this month was the decoupage poinsettias. If you have read all the posts for this month, you’ve probably already seen a couple techniques. Here are the techniques Dorothy used in this layout:
- In order to give an ‘ephemera effect’, Dorothy first cut out the poinsettias she wanted to use and then used a paste to adhere these pieces to cardstock. She then fussy-cut the piece from the cardstock. She used this effect to cut out the large poinsettias.
- Tip: when you do this technique, make sure to leave an extra bit of border when you first cut your shape from the decoupage paper. Then when you are cutting from the cardstock, you won’t have to worry about matching cut lines.
- Dorothy used a water brush to trace around the piece she wanted to cut out. Once she traced the whole image, she carefully tore away the extra to create a torn, distressed edge. She used this technique on the holly berries in the right-hand corner (large image below) and on the poinsettias in the background behind her photo. Adhere these torn pieces to the layout with paste.
- Fussy-Cut Accent
- Fussy-cut the piece you want to use from the decoupage sheet. Instead of pasting it down, let it float on the page by either only pasting down a bit of it or by attaching it with ribbon, as Dorothy has done with the small tag on her layout. Since the decoupage paper is a bit translucent on it’s own, this adds a different element/texture to the layout.
Dorothy added gold embossing powder of the image she stamped (from Tim Holtz Music & Advert, CMS358) on the tag to make it stand out more and match with the gold accent-theme she maintains throughout the layout. She distressed the edges of the tag to give it an antiqued look using Tim Holtz Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, and Ground Espresso Oxide Inks. She used the same technique on the second brown tag hidden below the poinsettias (the stamp is also from the same set).
Dorothy also used Tim Holtz Forest Moss Distress Ink to achieve a similar distressed look on the green star-patterned paper.
Have you ever wondered how the ladies always get their seam binding to crumple all nice like this before they tie their ribbons (or is it just me who didn’t know!?)? Before you tie the bow, get the ribbon wet, crumple it a bit and then leave it to dry. Once it dries it will maintain the folds even after you tie it into a bow.
Dorothy also made the 31 on her metal brad stand out more by applying Antique Linen Distress Crayon over top of/in to it.
It’s not a Christmas layout without a bit of glitter! according to Dorothy. She added strips of gold glitter at the top and bottom of the layout using strips of Sookwang tape and Dark Gold micro-glitter. She used cardstock covered with the same glitter (you can use Sookwang tape sheets to do this) to punch out some of the greenery to layer in with the green cardstock greenery (Tim Holtz Holiday Greens Thinlits dies, 661597). She added a bit of sparkle to the poinsettias as well using Ranger Rock Candy glitter.
Dorothy used a tearing technique to cut out the holly (as described above). Notice how the bit of Glossy Accents she added over the berries and the tree decorations really makes them pop! This keeps the holly from just becoming just part of the background.
Here is a draft of Dorothy’s layout:
Happy holidays and best wishes to you and your family!