You know how hard those brush bottle trees are to find... Lately I have been hoarding mine. I use them a lot and it seems they are harder to get a hold of. Especially the bleached ones!
I really love having lots of these trees on hand. Like last year when I made the TREE LOTI went through a lot of trees. So keeping a full basket can be challenging.
Look how beautiful these are.
I picked up 24 wreaths all in dark green. When I posted the above photo on Facebook my super crafty buddy Lisa mentioned you can bleach these. Once I picked my jaw up off the ground I tried it and in less than 5 minutes these were bleached!
So I had this idea...
I wanted to show off my newly bleached wreaths.
Can you believe these were DARK GREEN!
I love this Festive Stencil using Ranger's Texture Paste. I popped the mini shield and trophy antlers forward with a small wood block.
I wish you could see the glittery letterpress J.O.Y.
I cut the mini shield die. Inked with ground espresso distress spray stain and distressed. To achieve the frosted look I coated the mini shield with clear rock candy distress glitter.
I topped with some tattered pinecones and greens. The snowy tips are Soft Fallen Snow Embossing Powder.
I used a teeny tree tucked on top with a teeny mirrored star.
I attached some hinged clips and used some twine so I can hang it on the wall or tree.
I was so inspired to see these dark green wreaths turn to a bleached wreaths. I kept the project neutral and subtle. I hope this gives you an idea to alter your dark green brush bottle goodies with some bleach!
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I have a new addiction and it's called Soft Fallen Snow. I just got a small sample jar through Emerald Creek Craft Supplies. I wanted to do some experimenting and see how this embossing powder is set apart from other's I have used. I used it in a couple of ways to create some ornaments.
I am no expert and love all my powders for different reasons. Here's how the powders I use compared for me.
Gather up a jar, tinsel twine, mini woodland tree and the mini trophy. In order to get the mini trophy to fit I had to cut the handles. Ink the woodland trees with evergreen bough distress spray stain.
To brighten the tree I added some twisted citron distress spray stain. Crackle the glass coat the jar with Ranger's glue n' seal leaving a small oval peek window. Set aside to dry. This is a good time to make some tattered pinecones.
Check out how to make these pinecones and watch Tim's Video...this will help you master this die. Ink the edges of the greens with some ground espresso. Once the jar is dry coat with clear rock candy distress crackle to crack the class. A great frosty effect.
I wanted to experiment with my Ranger distress paint picket fence and the Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder for the greens and pinecone tips. Much to my surprise the 2 were a perfect pair. On the craft mat I had left over distress paint so I rolled my tree in it.
Making sure I had a good coat of paint on the tree I then rolled it in the Soft Fallen Snow (you can sprinkle too) and WOW...it stayed in place. You can heat lightly if you want. Just pull the heat tool off for a few moments. It doesn't need a lot of heat.
Time to antique the trophy. I added poppyseed alcohol ink to the trophy for color. A great way to "antique" it after you've colored it is to use some hand sanitizer. Dab it on and this will dull and remove some of the alcohol ink. I always keep hand sanitizer on my desk.
To create a snowy bottom use some fake snow from the dollar store or cotton balls hot glued to the lid.. I dabbed a little distress paint picket fence on the "snow" then I sprinkled some more soft fallen snow. This adds a little shimmer and it's all about layers.
Hot glue the snowy tree into the vintage trophy, then onto the lid. I added a mirrored star and inked some jingles with the left over alcohol ink pad. Attach the lid to the jar then some twine attached to the top.
This is when you add all your greens and tattered pinecones to the top. Embellish with little red jingles and Believe Charm. I snapped the ends off so I could mount it on the jar lid. Wrap the tinsel twin around the lid then attach the Believe Charm.
Another quick ornament... Brushed Pewter on the mini skate blades. Coat the skates with clear embossing ink and coat with the Soft Fallen Snowand lightly heat until it just puffs. I wanted to see how it inks and yep, it inks great! Add some embellishments and more twine to hang.
The finished Vintage Jar Ornament
Unlike glitter (which don't get me wrong can add amazing shimmer) the Soft Fallen Snow Embossing Powder adds a nice flocking easily visible through the crackled glass.
Creating the peek window is a fun way to create this ornament. Placed on the tree with the lights behind will show off that crackle finish.
Here's why I love charms... You can ink them to go with your creations and you can alter them! I snapped the ends off to go with my lid. With the tinsel twine you can't even tell.
The tattered pinecone, greens and red jingles are the perfect way to top off this vintage ornament.
Look how adorable these mini skates turned out.
I love that you can ink up Soft Fallen Snow and the barely there puffy texture is outstanding.
I had every intention of creating a Tag for this months12 Tags of 2015 October Tag. As I was on my way to the #10 Tag I planned on using I saw one of my 4x6 canvases and then this happened. When I create I always have an idea or I follow a technique. I am not a planner so I go with what catches my creative fancy in that moment.
I really like the new Sizzix Monster die so this guy had to creepy my project. I could only pick one so this is the one I went with!
(I want all the dies but my budget and I don't always agree)