First I painted some smoothy card, this is the thinner version as I wanted it more flexible. I used several green Fresco paints.. blending, so that the different shades showed through in different areas.
Then I stamped the holly leaves from my new xmas stamps. EDY04
I stamped them in black archival ink, then I restamped using Fern green, and finally overstamped again using potting soil.. Each time I slightly offset the stamping. then I cut out the leaves, on some I cut around the brown outline and on some along the green outline. The blurring and overstamping helps create depth and shadow to the leaves, making the colours look more natural and less flat.
Finally I addded some pearl glaze.
I then stamped and coloured the berries.. and a few single hearts from EDY01 I edged all the pieces with Treasure Gold.
Next I wrapped a piece of ribbon around the base of this candle.
Then I wrapped some thin green beading wire around the candle, gluing on the hearts as i went.
Next I glued on the leaves and berries, I used glossy accents and attached them mainly to the ribbon.
Finally i cut some more green wire, and curled it around my small pliers to make it super wiggly, then I curled it around the original wrapped wire. If you look on the original heart stamps, you will see they have wiggly tendrils coming off them, so this wiggly wire mimics that.
Thanks for looking,
* As always please use candles responsibly and do not leave when lit*