Friday, December 11, 2015

Handmade Holidays Day 5 - Gelli Print Garland, Watercolor Resist Holiday Cards and Banner

Welcome to Day 5 of Handmade Holidays!  Every day this week, you'll find unique art and craft ideas.   Remember that every post has a giveaway, and all the comments for all the days count!  

For today's post, I have three projects for you.  The first project is a simple holiday garland using your excess gelli prints or other patterned paper.   All you do is punch shapes out of your prints, glue your shapes back to back over a piece of string or twine, embellish with glitter glue and dimensional paints, and add inspirational words.  Voila!  a pretty, festive, whimsical garland to adorn your mantle or stairway.  I was inspired by this post by Alicia Burke, in which she used some of her cards.   But then I added my own flair.

Next, here's a holiday card project.  You can use any image to make your cards.   I used the Three Trees Stencil from Stencil Girl Products. 

First, I stenciled the tree designs using acrylic paint.  Then I used a Sakura glaze pen to doodle and create resists.  When I washed around the stenciled designs with watercolors, the doodled areas resisted the watercolor.  

Here’s a video of some of my process making these cards.

You can also watch Watercolor Holiday Cards on YouTube here.

I added some glitter glue here and there, and was about to add the words from the stencil when…..

I spied some corrugated cardboard in just the right shapes to contain the trees!

I cut the trees out, and then painted the cardboard with Golden Fluid Acrylic paint.

I’d had this Bark Paper in my stash forever.  It was time to use it.

I added the trees to my cardboard substrates, pulled out my glitter glue and other items from my stash, and started playing.
Before I knew it, I was taken over by my muse.  I originally thought I would use each of these as an individual card or wall hanging.   But then I strung them together as a garland.  I love them this way!

I filmed some of my process.

Hope you enjoyed this easy project and it gives you some ideas for the holidays!

I hope this post gave you some fun ideas.  I am giving away one of the Three Trees stencils!  to a lucky commenter.  Remember, for extra chances to win, make sure to comment on all the Handmade Holiday posts!  I will pick all of the winners on Saturday morning, 11AM EST. 

Please leave your email address in your comment (like this: jessicasporndesigns at gmail dot com) to be considered for the giveaway!

And the winners are:

Corrine Gilman’s Brooch:  Lou Lou in Texas!  
Art is you Trade:  Suzie Q 23!  
Clay Ornament:  Karen!  
Hamsa Stamp:  Lisa Meyers! 
Three Trees Stencil:  Lu 

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  1. Such fun projects. I love Alisa Burke too!

  2. Wonderful ideas! So fun and colorful!

  3. What a fun idea to create a garland. Love the tree stencils and how you cut it apart. browpr at gmail dot com

  4. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for so many great shares. <3

  5. Love to watch your process and learn about some new materials. Love the tree stencils!

    laf644at aol dot com

  6. Delightful banners Jessica!! And don't you just love it when you finally use something cool you have been saving from your stash!!
    Happy Hanukkah!
    Jackie xo

  7. Those garland and banners are so popular this year, and yours turned out great! louise78130 at yahoo dot com

  8. delightful projects Jessica!! Thanks for the great vids and you really used your trees beautifully!

  9. Thank you for all your great holiday inspiration. I cant wait to make my gelli garland. Looks like so much fun!!

  10. Cutest ever and yes, Alisa is always an inspiration. xox

  11. Love your tree stencil. I just made some wrapping paper using it on deli paper for smallish gifts. These projects are wonderful.


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