Monday 29 October 2012

Pearlized Christmas Arch

Simon Says Stamp and Show would like you to "Just Add Pearl" to your projects this week; be it adding a pearl accent, a strand of pearls, Perfect Pearls or Pearlized mists, we would love to see that pearl creation this week.

Inspiration came in the form of paint and texture for me this week in my pearlized Christmas arch.
I really wanted to try a different colour palette this week for my Christmas creation and that colour came in the form of  Claudine Hellmuth's Studio acrylic paint in modern red, perfect for a traditional Christmas piece, toning down the vibrancy a little with snow cap Paint Dabber. No Christmas creation would be complete without a touch of pearl which I have added using Liquid Pearls white opal through a Dylusions Let It Snow stencil (Kaz has a great video HERE on this technique). Add into the mix some Melissa Frances cream pearls and my arch is pearlized to perfection!
I began my framed arch by adding texture in the form of texture paste, ensuring there were lots of bumps and lumps and then setting aside to dry. Once completely dry I painted with modern red paint but it still needed something else and after much thought I decided to dry brush a little snow cap Paint Dabber over the top to give my piece more of a Christmas feel.
My focal image comes in the form of the reindeer cut from mountboard using the Reindeer Flight die, I adhered six layers together to give fabulous dimension to my reindeer and so that he appeared to stand away from the frame.  I added texture to the reindeer in the same way and then painted as with my frame.
I needed a contrast against the red and decided to add JOY to metal foil using Alpha Parts and colouring with Alcohol Inks gold mixative and a touch of cranberry. I then added gold pearl gems to the outside of my frame to coordinate with my JOY label.
25 has been added to the top of my arch cut from mountboard using the Mini Reindeer and 25 die. I coloured the 25 with snow cap paint dabber and once dry I used the ticket stamp from the Odds and Ends set using fired brick ink to stamp part of the text onto the numbers.
For a little more interest I have added a Christmas muse token and mini bauble to the reindeer's neck tied with natural twine.

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x  

Products Used:

Claudine Hellmuth Studio Acrylic Paint - Modern Red
Paint Dabber - Snow Cap
Dyan Reaveley Dylusions Let It Snow Stencil
Liquid Pearls - White Opal
Tim Holtz Alterations - Reindeer Flight Die and Mini Reindeer & 25
Alcohol Inks - Gold Mixative, Cranberry
Distress Ink - Fired Brick
Tim Holtz Odds & Ends Stamp Set


Sandy said...

A dream in red.
Love your wooden arches Trcy.
Very festive.

Inkypinkycraft said...

Love your textured creation! Trace x

Paper Profusion said...

Stunningly beautiful Tracy. Love the red. Thank-you so much for all the technique information. Nicola x

Candy C said...

Tracy, your modern red Christmas arch is so pretty! I love your design. The snow cap paint dabber really creates some wonderful highlights in your textured areas, doesn't it? Love the reindeer and the pretty white snowflakes behind him. The muse token around his neck with the dangling pearl looks great, too! And the little gold "pearls" around the perimeter of your piece really add that festive feeling. Beautifully done! <3 Candy

Annie said...

Stunning piece Tracy love the texture and pearls x

Claudine said...

amazing piece! The Joy words are awesome on this too. I love all the red and pearl. Thank you for the inspiration for the next SSS and Show challenge!!

Carol Q said...

that's beautiful Tracy. love how you've built up the layers, the pearl snow flakes and your texture on the arch and reindeer. Gorgeous!

Brenda Brown said...

Glorious colour and techniques. I love the arch and the shimmer.
Hugs Brenda xxx

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Beautiful holiday piece, Tracy! I love the shape & dimension!

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Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Yummy texture, the best color ever, and what a fab theme!!! Unique and gorgeous!!!!

Alison said...

A beautiful Christmas arch Tracy! I love the texture, & the pearly snowflakes! xx

JansArtyJunk said...

Beautiful textured arch...Love it Tracy!

Julian Booth said...


Awesome Collection of this personalized Christmas arch. I really liked all of this.Would love too see some more Christmas gifts ideas from your side.

thanks a lot for sharing
Christmas Gift Ideas

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful use of the pearly sheen on yoru beautiful red arch! Love the snowflakes as the pop of white behind your deer!

Words and Pictures said...

Oh look, I was just coming hopping round to you all, and you've beaten me to it... Thanks for your lovely comment! This is an amazing piece, vibrant and glowing! I love how you've highlighted the texture on the frame and the deer, and the snowflakes look fabulous! The "joy" label is glorious!
Alison x

Tracey said...

Hey Tracy this is so fabulous! Love the colour and the texture is amazing!

Sandra said...

Beautiful arch, Tracy! Love all the texture and what a gorgeous red! Stunning! Hugs, Sandra

Anonymous said...

so beautiful! love that red!

Terry said...

Hey there Tracy, I love your Arch, what a fabulous Christmas creation wowzerss love the reds and the deer is great too. Hugs Terry xxxx

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful Arch - love the added texture and shimmer!