I have some exciting news!!
I recently became a member of the design team for Sheena Douglass - I'm so thrilled and excited! :) This canvas is one of my samples for my first DT call out, and I was lucky enough to see Sheena show it live on television last week! So now that I have calmed down a bit and the shows have aired I can share my creations with you :) So for this piece I have used Sheena Perfect Partner stamps and die - Holly Jolly Christmas and Holly Berries; Dyna paints; Aqua Tints; black Versafine; black EP; Gold Gilding wax; Icicle Stickles; black Gesso. I took an 8"x 8" canvas and covered it with a coat of black Gesso. When dry I sponged 3 colours of Dyna paints all over the surface. These paints are duo chrome acrylics, which means that they change colour when the light hits them. I wanted to still see the texture of the canvas, while also creating a lovely shimmering background. Using a piece of white card I cut and dry embossed several branches of Holly, then painted them with Aqua Tint. I also cut the same number of Holly branches from black card. When the first leaves were dry I added gilding wax and polished. I then stamped a corner swirl onto acetate in black ink, and heat embossed with black powder. On the reverse side of the acetate I painted the tiny Holly leaves with acrylic, then cut the images out. I attached the corner swirls to the canvas with strong glue. I attached the green Holly to the black Holly, slightly offsetting it so that the black created a shadow. I then arranged them along one edge of the canvas, having shaped them all to make them look realistic, and attached them with dimensional glue. I added the berries and highlighted them with a gold pen. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment onto a piece of white card in black, then edged the panel with red Aqua Tint. I matted it onto a piece of black card which was edged in gilding wax. I wasn't really happy with it though as it looked a bit messy, so I painted the panel red and added Stickles around the edges. I then attached it to the canvas with dimensional glue. I wanted to create some artwork for Christmas that would grace any home each year, and I'm so pleased with the result.