Introduction- Please take a moment to review the instructions on all product packaging before beginning your project
1. Once you have your background in place apply a coat of matte varnish to the surface. This will protect the work you have already done plus allow for easy clean-up for the next step.
2. When using paint on stamps it is important that you do not overload the image. Pour a puddle of paint out on the palette. Using the smallest end of the make-up sponge tap into the paint, pounce the sponge on a clean area of the palette. When you look at the bottom of the sponge it should be covered by paint but you should still be able to see the texture of the sponge. Now quickly pounce the loaded sponge over the entire image and stamp it on the surface. If you don’t like what you have stamped simply wipe it off with a wet wipe! Since you already have a coat of varnish on the surface, it will clean up easily.
3. Clean-up is easiest if done immediately after you use the stamps. Simply clean with soap and water and use an old toothbrush to get into the crevices. If you cannot or forget to clean the stamp right away spray the stamp with rubbing alcohol and let sit a few minutes. Then clean with soap and water as usual.
1. Remove all hinges. Clasps, etc from the box as needed or desired.
2. Sand all box and lid to smooth any rough areas or edges. Dust with a slightly damp paper towel.
3. Using the 1” brush apply two smooth even coats of Black Green to the bottom of the box and the top portion of the lid.
4. Using the 1” brush, apply one coat of Hauser Light Green to the sides of the top of the box.
5. Using the 1” brush, apply two smooth even coats of Emperor’s Gold to the entire inside of the box. Dry brush the sides of the lids, allowing the green to peak through as desired.
6. Using the 1” brush, apply one coat of varnish to the entire box. Let dry.
7. Position the pine bough from the stamp set on the acrylic handle.
8. Following Step 2 in Tips & Techniques above load image with Hauser Light Green and stamp on the lid and around the sides of the box as desired.
9. Switch to the spruce image and stamp using Deep Teal first and then switch to Emperor’s Gold. Clean stamp with a baby wipe when switching colors.
10. Stamp the pinecone image using a double load of Sable Brown and Warm Neutral, keeping the lighter color to the outside edge of the image.
11. Finally stamp the pine bough again using Hauser Light Green.
12. Using the 1” brush, apply two coats of varnish to project. Let dry.
13. Assemble box as needed. Enjoy!