I started by painting a 4 x 4 inch cradled wood panel with gesso, acrylic paint, and acrylic wash. I included metallic paint to bring a subtle sheen to the surface.
Next I gathered some large scraps of hand painted water color paper from my stash that I always have on hand for projects.
I selected one scrap that called to me embossed the surface using a clear stamp with a random and grungy design, a watermark embossing stamp pad, silver embossing powder and a heat gun.
Rummaging through my supply of bezels from Spellbinders new Media MixageTM line, I selected three of the medium triangle bezels with hobnails around the edge.
Using the matching die, I cut my scrap of embossed and painted paper to fit perfectly within the bezel.
I filled each bezel with Ice Resin, following the easy instructions on the package. I left these pieces aside for most of the day as it takes from 6-12 hours to fully dry. As the final detail, I glued small, metallic beads - a different color for each bezel - to the attached rings at the base of each triangle.
Next I hand cut strips of assorted painted paper and glued them onto book board which I cut to a matching size. To finish off these strips, I edged the book board with both a silver leafing pen and dye ink from a stamp pad.
To complete these pieces, I used rub on letters to write my text -- trees of light.
I wanted to add more design to the surface of the panel and used a die from Spellbinders Exquisite Circles to cut a shape from scraps of painted paper. I inserted a small piece of wax paper between the die and the painted paper when cutting so I could more easily release the intricate shape from the die.
For one more detail and added dimension, I twisted thin strips of metal into spiral shapes to add to the die cuts.
All of these individual pieces came together to form Trees of Light...
Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:
Preferred Promotional Partners: Tsukineko Momento dye ink pad, Imagine Crafts Inkblushers sponge
Cross Promotional Partners: Ice Resin®
Other: cradled wood panel, watercolor paper, book board, gesso, acrylic paint, paint brush, leafing pen, altered metal, beads, rub on letters, adhesive, scissors