Peace & Joy Layout for JOANN

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

This project is sponsored by JOANN.
I found the Blue Noel paper pad by Die Cuts with a View in my local JoAnn store and set about creating a Christmas tree made of die cut branches in monochromatic colors!
Watch the process video to see how this layout came together from start-to-finish:

I started by cutting 2" paper strips from all of the double-sided patterned papers in the Blue Noel paper pad and placed them on a brand new super sticky Silhouette mat so they wouldn't slide around. I designed a branches cut file and then cut lots and lots of them.
 I also used my Silhouette Cameo 3 to die cut a Christmas tree from white cardstock and then arranged the branches into piles in ombre order - darkest at the bottom going up to lightest. I used Tombow Liquid Glue to attach the branches one at a time, starting at the bottom and working my way up the entire tree. Also, I only applied glue to parts of the branches so they would bend up and create depth & shadows.

If I were to remake this layout, I would create the mixed media background first! To do this I applied a coat of white gesso to the background paper (I chose one that looked like snow from the Blue Noel paper pad) and let it dry. Then I added pools of water on top. While the water was still very wet, I came in with Prima watercolors and dropped them in place, mimicking the ombre effect of the tree. I also splashed black watercolors and gold spray mist around.

  Then I did some hand stitching. First I added round snowflake stickers included on a sheet in the Blue Noel paper pad staggered across the top of the page. Then I used a pencil and drew a straight line from each snowflake to the top edge of the page. I pierced a hole every 1/2cm along the pencil lines and then erased the pencil. I created a chain link stitch using all six strands of white DMC thread.
  The title is made from "peace" and "joy" stickers and I wrote journaling with a black Precision Pen inside the "o". To finish I scattered more round snowflake stickers on top of the Christmas tree! I hope this layout inspires you to pick up some fun supplies at your local JOANN store or in the online shop!
SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, stickers: Blue Noel paper pad by Die Cuts with a View; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3Silhouette cutting matPrecision PenTombow Liquid GluePrima watercolorsDMC threadwhite gesso

1 comment

  1. Wow wow wow!! This is GORGEOUS! LOVING that tree, the ornaments, the stitching and those photos!!!! So BEAUTIFUL!!!! You are amazing!!!!


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