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Monday, December 4, 2017

Merry and Bright Week!

 The sights and sounds of Christmas are making homes and towns merry and bright! Our house is slowly getting its transformation starting with the outside, but personally, I've been struggling with our Christmas tree. Literally struggling.

Over the weekend I noticed the base of the tree, encased in a 4 x 4 to help the stand take hold of the trunk, was crooked, so I systematically adjusted the bolts and *crash*. Each of my family members came running towards me as they heard my cry for help. I'm okay but maybe not so much my ego.

Anyway, you can tell I'm up to a theme here in my post, a project that promises to be merry and bright plus a little artsy!

I have a stenciled watercolor card to share today with you that has a lot of merry and bright tinseling. To see all the details on my card just scroll down to the end of my post, but I don't want you to miss seeing ideas for more merry and bright projects from Stampendous and the design team. Hop through the list below and return to my blog or Stampendous blog later in the week for so much more!

Janelle Stollfus - you are here!



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  • Boughs Metal Stencil (AZ, STM)
  • Vintage Twinkle Glitter (AZ, STM)
  • Regular Embossing Paste (AZ, STM)
  • Palette Knife (AZ, STM)
  • Paste Spreader (AZ, STM)
  • Mixed Media White Paper (AZ, STM)


  1. Place Boughs Metal Stencil over a trimmed 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch Mixed Media White Paper and tape on all side onto a flat surface.
  2. Place embossing paste along the long side of the stencil with a palette knife.
  3. Holding the Paste Spreader at a 30 - 45 degree angle smooth embossing paste across stencil filling in design, return clean unused paste to the container, clean rim and close immediately.
  4. Remove stencil and clean immediately in a flat bottomed container with warm soapy water and a soft brush. Clean palette knife and spreader.
  5. When the paste is dry, carefully rub Gelatos onto the stenciled design. Use water and a paintbrush to color in the design. Branches - Green Tea and Spearmint with spots of Cotton Candy. Ornament hanger - Mango. Top ornament - Red Cherry, Bubblegum, Cotton Candy, and Lime. Middle ornament - Lavender and Grape. Bottom ornament - Bubblegum and Watermelon. 
  6. Make vertical strips of Texture Gems Ice on branches and sprinkle with Vintage Twinkle Glitter. Tap off excess and return to container.
  7. Glue onto colored cardstock base.

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  1. The jewel tones of th ornaments look so pretty against the green pine stenciling.

  2. What a great, different look. I need to use my stencils!


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