Saturday, November 28, 2015

Poinsettias Make Me Happy

Busy, busy, busy around here.  My Christmas classes come to a close next weekend in Florida and CHA is only 5 weeks away!  Gosh, I hate even saying that out loud!  So much to get done in the middle of the Holiday season.  Every weekend is full...with multiple projects,  two weddings, a bridal shower, and at least one performance of the Nutcracker.  I do believe I should have started my Christmas shopping earlier!

Now on to today's project!

We have Thanksgiving tradition, that after the big dinner, the girls make stamped tags for Christmas packages.  This year I decided to change it up and everyone made little 4 x 6" Burlap Panels instead.  
I thought I would share mine today because (quite honestly) I love it!  I was going to use a Christmas Found Relative but then I saw the little girl with the dog that comes in the Occasions pack and I knew that was the one. 
I cut some words from a book to add text with Multi Medium.
The poinsettias have a lot of layered texture which I love.
I also added a metallic gold bow at the top.
I thought you might want to see how I created the texture on the poinsettias so I recreated the panel for you.  Follow along and I will show you how I did it...

Step one - Pick a Layering Stencil to add texture to the 4 x 6" burlap panel.  I picked one of my favorite stencils, Poinsettia.
Use a palette knife to spread the Texture Paste across the panel.  Of course the stencil is not as wide as the panel but I'm not too worried about it as I know the Found Relative will cover most of that space.  I did decide to finish out the large poinsettia  at the top left, to fill in that area.
The best way to do this is to wait the 20-30 minutes to let the texture paste dry.  That way you don't have to worry about messing up the paste!
Flip the stencil over and match up the pattern as best as possible. 
Smear more paste just over the missing petals.
Now just wait for it to dry!
Here's the finished Texture Paste.
Once the Texture Paste is dry, add Fired Brick Distress Ink with a Mini Blending Tool.  I used a wet wipe to blend the ink out to the tips of the petals.
Use a blending pad without the tool to add Evergreen Bough to the leaves.
I added a bit of Gathered Twigs over the Fired Brick and Evergreen Bough just to fill in any white spaces.
Now the fun part!  I used my fingertip to randomly add Glacier White paint to the burlap and over part of the poinsettias.  You might think, why add white paint at this point when I just colored them red??  But there is something about the white paint that really makes the panel pop!  Don't skip this step!
Now to add some texture.  I chose the Stampers Anonymous Linen stamp and Archival Ink in Red Geranium to stamp over the poinsettia.
The darker Red Geranium ink stamped over the Fired Brick and white paint is perfect.  Love the faux texture!
Last step is to add Stickles Platinum to the flower center and the white dots of snow.  To add Stickles directly to the burlap or flowers, squish the Stickles onto the craft sheet and use your fingertip.
So that is how I colored the panel.  It was easy and fast (other than the drying time).
Since you already saw the panel with the Found Relative, I thought I would finish this one a bit different.
This time I chose "Peace" from the Holiday Letterpress set.
I added the letterpress to the bottom part of the panel with Glossy Accents.
I made a bow with large loops (I will manipulate the loops to be smaller at the end).
Next some red velvet leaves.
then a few little sugared pine cones.
I used the Juniper and Pine punches to make some quick greenery.
Glue a few Jingle Brads (legs cut off) in the center and insert greenery.  Now pull the ribbon loops in and hot glue in place.
And there you have it. 
I had a great time showing you how I created this easy project.  I sure hope you will give it a try!

If you live in the central Florida area - please stop by Whim So Doodle in St Petersburg on Thursday Dec 2nd for the Holiday Open House.  I will be doing a super cute make and take (with my sisters help) and answering questions about the great Tim Holtz products.  There will also be food and lots of things to buy!

If you are interested in any of the kits I've been teaching, there are just a few left.  
Email me at for info.  
Merry and Bright Tree
Vintage Winter Shaker
And would you believe there is one more Christmas kit being created?  I'll be posting info about that one next week before I leave for Florida.  It should be ready for shipping about the 10th of December.
now carry on,


  1. What a beautiful work! Thank you for the tutorial, the "double" poinsettia petals are simply a brilliant idea! That little girl with her dog is one of my favorite pictures!

  2. Both versions are gorgeous! Thank you for the tutorial!

  3. OMG so beautiful ... questioned answered I wondered when I saw the sneak peek if that was the poinsettia stencil... just gorgeous !! And that Merry and Bright Tree... I love it . Such wonderful inspiration !

  4. Absolutely Stunning Paula! Those poinsettias look amazing - texture colour and then the overstamping. Wonderful! Jennie x

  5. Thank you so much for this fun project! I love the color and texture on the floweers.I sent you an email about a kit. :)

  6. Love these panels, Paula! You've given me wonderful inspiration!

  7. I love this panel! The stamping on the texture paste is fabulous. I'll be making one of these tomorrow :)

  8. Love BOTH pf your panels! My grandmother useta have beautiful poinsettia plants. People would drive from near and far to see them and have their pics taken in front of them. They were taller than 6" and almost as big around!
    I will see you Thursday night AND Saturday!

  9. Beautifully done Paula! The wheels are turning. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. What a great tradition Paula! Love this canvas. Jenny x

  11. Paula, you are genius, as always ! your works are all fantastic! Simple, clever and classy! Every little detail is spectacular! you already know that I love them ! Barbarayaya

  12. This stencil looks great on the burlap panel. The image is so sweet too!

  13. Those poinsettias are stunning!!! LOVE the way you've colored! Gorgeous!

  14. I adore poinsettias and this panel is gorgeous!

  15. I love both panels they are beautiful! I really like the stamping on the poinsettias, it gives the appearance of even more texture!!! Awesome inspiration, thanks! :)