Hi, it’s Jo here with my last blog post for 2017. The technique I’m looking at this month is watercolour underneath a cut file. I chose this stunning reindeer cut file designed by Paige Evans for the Silhouette store, you can find it here to purchase. It was perfect for a layout featuring one of the reindeers I saw at a local garden centre down here in Dorset. The family owned garden centre have a herd of reindeers, which can be seen in the run up to Christmas at the two centres. This majestic one is Comet and they also had a younger reindeer called Jingle with him the day we visited.
Anyway, back to the technique! I cut the reindeer on the Silhouette from smooth white cardstock and backed the lights with coloured cardstock, then sprayed a shimmer mist over the top to make it sparkle. I mixed a couple of blues and white paints with water and brushed it liberally over another piece of 12×12″ smooth cardstock. I really should have gesso’d the background first as the cardstock has warped a fair bit. Once the paint had dried I sprayed it with the shimmer mist (my bottle is a really old Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer Mist in Chalk). This gave a beautiful sparkle to the whole background, perfect for a Christmas layout! I then flicked a few dots of gold and teal Heidi Swapp Color Shine to add that little something extra.
Once everything was dry I mounted the reindeer cut file on foam pads, put my photo to side, added a couple of tags and a glitter accent from the Crate Paper Falala collection, a word strip from a really old October Afternoon Christmas collection and added my title. My Merry Christmas title is a perspextive from Bramble Fox which I’ve adhered in place with mini glue dots.
Such a simple technique, but it really does look pretty!
Thanks for dropping by, Merry Christmas!