Hello Crafters, welcome back!! Are you done with decorating and gift buying yet? Well, this project is one you can add to your to-do list as a gift or home decor and it features the Birch Tree Thinlits. The Trees were mounted first on a water color paper background and then a larger canvas painted with blue Distress paints. A quick spritz of Perfect Pearls spray gave the canvas the sparkle of a starry night.
I've made the project 3-D and while it may look complicated, I assure you it can be done with supplies you already have at home. To make this interesting, I've added the Moon through the trees. To mimic night, the Blues used are from the Distress range in Chipped Sapphire and Blue Jeans. The trunks are accented with Silver Distress Spray and Embossed with Ranger's Silver Powder to give the illusion of moonlight gleaming on them.
The sparkly Silver Glitter paper makes up the title Oh Night Divine.
Metal trinkets hanging off to the side add a charming finish.
The Birch Tree Thinlits are easy to cut and as it's a detailed die, I used it with the Precision Base Plate. Water color paper of 300gm was used as I like the cottony thickness of the paper. Starting from the bottom your sandwich for this is: Multi Purpose Platform on Tab 2, Precision Base Plate, paper, Thinlits die facing DOWN, lastly a Standard Cutting Pad. Send this through your Big Shot.
Next, lightly spritz the die-cut with Silver Distress Spray and dry with a heating tool.
Using the clear embossing ink, randomly ink the trunks and heat emboss with Silver powder.
The next step is to create the Moon in a night sky and for this I used a piece of water color paper. I punched out a 2.5in circle to use as a mask.
Position the mask on the paper behind the die-cut. Use a repositionable tape glue under the circle to keep it in place while applying the inks.
To create a starry night sky, ink the paper with Distress Chipped Sapphire and Blue Jeans and blend. Spritz with water and dry flat with a heating tool. At the edges of the Moon, color in light touches of watered down yellow either with Distress Inks or Stain.
I found the rim of the die-cut became fragile and decided to reinforce it with a rectangle frame.
To make a shallow shadow box, it's easiest to cut narrow strips of Little Sizzles Mat Board and adhere it in a rectangle behind the die-cut. Trim the Moon and night sky piece to size and adhere behind the Birch die-cut.
Here you can see how the shadow box was mounted on the background.
Next die-cut this shape from the Mini Labels Set and paint it Blue.
Die cut the title Oh Night Divine and the number 25 using the Alphanumerics Thinlits on Silver Glitter paper.
The Label was trimmed into half and adhered to the lower end of the project to form a shelf. A length of metal ball-chain was adhered to the joints to make it more secure. A good way to handle small alphabets is to glue each letter onto a strip of clear transparency and the whole title onto the shelf. Metal embellishments were layered under the date 25.
This is another look from above. A metal clip with hanging trinkets was added to the left end of the shelf.
A quick swipe of the Wink of Stella clear brush for subtle sparkle and *voila* the project is done!!
I hope you will have time to try this project. It does not require many elements, the 3-D effect is quite pretty and it's a wonderful piece to have in your home this Christmas. Happy Holidays, may the blessings of the season be with you.
Other Materials Used:
- Distress Paints : Chipped Sapphire, Blue Jeans
- Distress Ink Hickory Smoke, Squeezed Lemonade
- Ranger : Silver Embossing Powder
- Wink of Stella Brush Pen Clear