If I gave you the inititials UPC what would come to mind? Universal Product Code maybe? Well, this week, we have another UPC to work with - Use, Practice, Create. And what we're using is acrylic paint. Our challenge comes from guest designer Gina Cunningham.
I have a large stash of acrylic paints mainly due to the fact that I used to do decorative painting. My rubber stamping has kind of taken the place of that now and as I checked through my drawers of acrylics I could tell that most of them were full of what I call paint snot. You know, when the paint turns to this jelly-like consistency. It's just a matter of squeezing them carefully until the good paint comes out. One of these days, I'll clean all that paint snot out of there, but for this project I picked out some colors that are not traditionally Christmas because I had used red and green for the last two challenges.
I took some medium blue, leaf green, and white acrylic paint and went to town sponging them on some salvaged pieces of a bakery box. Once again I did two cards, one with a light background and the second one with a darker background. The triangular pieces were first sponged with leaf grean and then I added white over that to look like snow.
I debated whether to put the ribbon behind the tree or not, and as you can see I decided to keep it to the front so you could see the sparkle more. They're always talking about deconstructing recipes on Top Chef so this is my deconstructed Christmas tree - you have the tree and the ornaments on the card, but they're not in the usual format. (At least I think that's what deconstructed means. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.)
I ran a bead of glue around the edges of the square and dipped it into some SU chunky glitter. I do not like working with glitter, but since there was glitter already on the ribbon I went for it. The silver foil splats were punched from the bottom of another foil cupcake liner.
At the last minute (Ha! Last minute! Christmas is how many weeks away!) I decided to add the sentiment and the silver bow. The acrylic panels are popped up on Melon Mambo CS.
Should we take a vote on which one looks better - the dark or the light?
Make sure to check out the other contributions to our Jingle Belle Challenge this week here.