So, to send us off into your last shopping weekend, we are giving away the die set Lea used on today's project! Keep reading for details...
Lea's Notes: Creating a galaxy background with watercolor has been a popular trend this year, and I don't think I will ever get tired of this technique! I can't take credit for it, as I learned it from watching several videos from other talented crafters, and then adapted it to the supplies and skill level I have at watercolor (which is very beginner). I used my set of basic watercolors and brushes, and blended my galaxy background using black, blue & green paints. (Lea's Tip: I did use an art paper for the background, as too much water on regular white cardstock will make it peel.) Once the watercolor dried, I misted it with white glimmer mist to give it a glimmery look. I then splattered it lightly with watered down white acrylic paint to make the stars in the sky.
Lea's Notes: The mist and paint splatters dry really quickly, so I was able to stamp and heat emboss the sentiment right away. I stamped a sentiment from the Sing of the King stamp set in embossing ink and covered it with detail white embossing powder. After shaking off the excess, I then heat set the sentiment and let it cool off. Watercolor and heat embossing can make your paper fairly warped. So I lightly misted the BACK of the paper block with water, and placed it between two flat surfaces, added a heavy object to the top of it, and set aside.
Lea's Notes: While waiting for it to flatten, I cut my A2 card from Cookie Monster cardstock. I then die-cut the Nativity Border from Oreo cardstock. Once the background was flat and dry (should only take about 10 minutes or so as long as you don't spray it with very much water), I adhered it to the card base. I added the nativity border along with a glittery gold strip to the bottom of the galaxy background, and then accented the sentiment with enamel star stickers to finish!
Lea's Notes:I was a little intimidated by watercolor at first, but it really is a lot of fun once you get into it! If you are interested in trying out out the galaxy background, I suggest searching for some online videos & watching how it's done first. And then practice a little! I promise that it isn't hard, and you will figure it out in no time!
Thanks so much, Lea, for inspiring us to create take a moment away from the hectic side of the holidays to think about the beauty of the season. You can catch more of Lea's design work on her blog, Lea Lawson Creates. Have a safe and happy weekend, friends!
How to Enter: Leave a comment below telling us about what you are wishing for this holiday season by Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 11:59 pm PST. We'll choose one lucky winner at random to win our Nativity Border die and announce the winner next week here on the TE Blog! Good luck!