It's been such an exciting summer here at Memory Box! It seems we are growing more and more with each passing week! I have had some time to focus on new products since I decided to take the summer off from our usual class tour (though I do miss that part of my job!). Thanks to everyone who supports Memory Box, including our good friends at simonsaysstamp.com! It is very rewarding to receive such nice emails from Memory Box fans around the world each and every day!
I've been able to work a little bit in the studio lately and I even found a few minutes to get out my paints and watercolor paper for this project. Getting a chance to paint - even a simple wash like I did here - is very relaxing and gets my creativity flowing! Any time I want to color a large area, like this ornament, I reach for my paints and brushes.
I am using the 98378 Drop Ornament die...
You'll start this fast and easy project by getting a piece of hot press (smooth) watercolor paper and wetting it with plain water. I then painted it with two colors of paint - a bright pink and deep red watercolor paint. Adding the paint directly to a wet surface allows the two colors to blend much more easily than if you tried to blend them on dry paper - so remember to wet the watercolor paper first. Allow the paper to dry completely - at least an hour, or you can hurry the process along by gently warming the paper with an embossing gun.
You can see from the photo how wet the area is - and the pink and red paint is already mingling together as I apply the paint.
Once the area is dry, you'll die cut the Drop Ornament out of the painted paper. I designed the drop ornament with a clear grid so that you could easily see where the die was going to cut - and the grid really helps line up details.
I did another swatch using shades of green paint - same technique using the wet paper and paints...
Try doing a few color schemes to see which ones you like - then you can decide on a winner before putting together your final project!
The next step is to die cut out the overlay using the Colette ornament...
When I designed the Colette Ornament die, I wanted to give the idea of gentle loops across the die and I was so pleased with how intricate they turned out. I cut the shape out of white cardstock, but you could use any color you like!
It's easy to assemble the layers - just tape the Drop Ornament onto a card and then carefully glue the Colette Ornament on top - I used toothpicks to apply crafters glue to the back of it in little tiny dots. And see the cap of the ornament? I cut it out of some silver cardstock. I'm not sure which I like better, the red ornament or the green ornament. What do you think?
If you are interested in some other ideas, you can check out my videos, beginning with this one, which has become my most popular: