Stampendous: Adding a Bit of Holiday Dazzle!

This week we're playing with the wonderful Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets and all of our terrific Stampendous products. We hope you're enjoying the inspiration so far! If you missed yesterday's post, here's a link for you. MONDAY The team over at Add a Little Dazzle has created a special featuring the metals from this blog hop for those of you who have already realized you're going to need these products. You can find it here - Add A Little Dazzle Stampendous Hop Special. Of course you might win some, too! We're giving away three prize packages this week for comments on the blogs. A nice package of Metal Sheets, Stamps and Cutting Dies!

Prize Package from Add a Little Dazzle

Here's my creation for today:

My little holiday gift box is a base of unfinished wood box from the local big box store for one dollar, which I've swiped Tsukineko Toffee VersaFine ink over, and sealed with a brushed coat of Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage medium. During the very few minutes this took to dry, I quickly stamped out the Stampendous Cardinal Elements onto thin white tissue paper. I tore around the edges before decoupaging it onto my box. Do this by brushing one coat of the Fast Finish onto the box, and while wet, place the tissue as desired. Then brush more of the medium over the top and let dry.

Meanwhile, I stamped the image again onto a piece of the gold-color of aluminum from Add a Little Dazzle with Tsukineko Jet Black StazOn ink. The only portion I wished to work with now was the bird. I used some of my metalwork tools...a paper stump to begin manipulating the metal over a piece of suede, then a teflon-tipped tool to define the stamped design more, and a ball-tipped stylus to push the metal some more, creating more indented areas. I turned it over, and from the back on the hard surface of my desk, I traced the outside again with the Teflon tool to refine a bit more. I used a cotton swab with isopropyl alcohol to remove color from the areas that I intended to add color to. I used a sponged with some Black StazOn refill ink to push black color into the surface, and quickly used a damp paper towel to wipe away the excess, going for an antiqued look. Then I placed drops of Dreamweaver Stencils' Color Solutions Alcohol Inks in Winter Red and Mojito Green to fill in the indented design work and set it aside to dry. Once I cut it out, I smoothed the edges with a sanding block before adhering it to the box that I'd decorated. Embellished with a lush May Arts ribbon bow, a stained wood button, a twig with a sprinkling of Stampendous Shaved Ice, my gift box was ready to fill with whatever treat I this case, leftover candy canes from last year! Lol. Hey, I had to add something for the photograph!

We love to hop and here are today’s featured blogs with Stampendous and Add A Little Dazzle


Lea Kimmel

Add a Little Dazzle

Pam Hornschu

Cathy Parlitsis

Vicki Dutcher

Kate Capper

Amy Hurley-Purdie

PS. If you get to a blog and it says something like "that post isn't here", just click on the blog header or look for a link that says Home near the top. That will take you to the blog home, and the blog hop post should be somewhere near the top. Thanks for your patience!


Lea said…
This is gorgeous! I love everything about it! What did you use to cut the bird out, scissors or a craft knife? Curious minds need to know! LOL!
Papertangler said…
The bird is breathtaking! Clever idea.
Lovely project! The bird really stands out with the beautiful metal. Great job!
keren said…
Love the way you've manipulated the metal and the whole box looks stunning!
Love the many ways that you can manipulate the metal sheets! They sound like they are VERY versatile. I love your bird and the gift box rocks!! If those candy canes need a new hoe they are welcome here!! I just love the taste of a candy cane! YUM! I actually buy the starlight mints by the huge bags and fill an old popcorn tin to the top and gobble them all up within a month!
TFS and see you tomorrow!
Susan Falkler said…
This would make a great Christmas card holder. I like that you used Christmas music in the design.
Iris said…
Such a sweet gift box - love the bird.
isoscia at aol dot com
sue k said…
Stunning bird and totally creative project, love the way you used the wooden box.

marylouh said…
Very pretty. Would make a great gift or a gift holder. it will be treasured after the holidays too.
thanks for sharing a wonderful box.
Amazing bird to highlight a perfect tote.
BurningRubber said…
Your birdy just glows. Super cute.
Vicki Dutcher said…
LOVE the bird! I adore Cardinals and with the metal - awesome
Amy C. said…
This red bird is beautiful! I have someone on my Christmas list that would love this!
Yolanda said…
This is so clever and gorgeous.
Stampendous said…
Wow, Pam this is a great gift box. Love the detail of the Cardinal brought out in manipulating the aluminum with extra tools. Thank you for sharing your talents with us this week.
cghundley said…
Great creation
and fun technique.
Carla from Utah
Lucille K said…
Lovely gift box, the cardinal is just stunning :)
Cornelia W said…
Beautiful bird! Wonderful project!
Carolina Kathy said…
What a great idea! Love the cardinal!
that is very pretty Pam, very creative.
Donna said…
Very impressive cardinal! love it!!
Jean Bullock said…
This is so cool. What a great gift it would make. the bird is awesome. Well done.
Monica Weaver said…
Would have never thought to make the cardinal out of metal. You outdid yourself! Thanks for playing with Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets.
Elena C said…
You did a great job with metal on that bird...I'm's beautiful!
vinita jain said…
Very unique and innovative creation!!! Perfect and amazing bird out of metal:)
Janis said…
Wonderful project!! The metal was perfect for the cardinal and it took you to discover that!! Beautiful.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
LynB said…
Love the modest price of the box that you turned into a holiday keepsake! Just beautiful Pam.
Kate said…
Wow Your bird is fabulous great job :)
Kate x
Lynne said…
What a cute idea!
snazzyjj said…
Love your cardinal with the pretty musical background.
Beautiful seasonal box, Pam. Love this as a gift idea!
Carol said…
Thanks for the wonderful and creative ideas on the blog hop!

Carol B
Really love your candy cane gift box! The fact that you used 2 different colors together on the cardinal! Just gorgeous!

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