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  • Writer's pictureDiane M Kellogg

Christmas Shimmer

by Debby Forshey-Choma

Adding different techniques, however simple or detailed to backgrounds, adds interest to the design.

Royal Brushes are available through

#1360 – sm, med Debby Forshey's Texture brushes

#4160 – 5/8 Majestic angular

#1400 – ½ SG White Blending mop

#4170 – 8 Majestic filbert

#3080 – 1 Oval Wash Combo

#4585 – 20/0, 5/0, 0 Majestic liners

#4150 – 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 Majestic shaders

#4700 – 3/4 Majestic glaze wash

DecoArt Americana Acrylics available through

Asphaltum 180

Hauser Dark Green 133

Raw Sienna 093

Black Plum 172

Hauser Light Green 131

Sand 04

Blue Mist 178

Hauser Medium Green 132

Snow White 01

Burnt Sienna 063

Lamp Black 067

Terra Coral 286

Cotton Candy 347

Light Buttermilk 164

Tomato Red 169

Dark Chocolate 065

Light Cinnamon 114

Warm White 239

Deep Burgundy 128

Marigold 194

Wild Berry 362

Grey Sky 111

Soft Black 155

Extreme Sheen Metallic Paint – 24K Gold DPM04

DecoArt Sealers/Finishes

Americana Acrylic Sealer/Finisher Spray – Matte DAS13

DuraClear Matte Varnish DS60

Multi-Purpose Sealer DS17

Surface Source

3 – Gift Tags, Double Scroll (4-1/2” x 3”) #SKU: 207-0549 available through

Misc Supplies

Blue Shop Towel Cosmetic Wedges / Brayer

Baby Wipes or Rubbing Alcohol Spattering Tool

Andy Skinner Cling Rubber Stamps - Toxic #SKU: 46-21717 available through

-OR- use the stamp of choice or sponge


1. With the Multi-Purpose Sealer, seal the entire three gift tags; using the glaze wash brush.

Lightly sand, wipe off with a lint-free cloth.

Basecoating Surfaces

2. Basecoat the entire tags with Lamp Black; using the glaze wash brush, to achieve opaque coverage.

Background Stamping

3. The surfaces and backsides are stamped; using the Toxic stamp (or stamp of choice or sponge) and 24K Gold.

When using paint on stamps it is important that you do not overload the image.

You can apply the paint with the cosmetic edge or a brayer.

Pounce the wedge sponge into 24K Gold and then dance-off on a clean area of the palette. When you look at the bottom of the sponge it should be covered in 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.

Repeat steps, randomly stamping over the surface; refer to photo for placement.

Repeat steps on the remaining surfaces and backsides of the tags.

When stamping is completed, clean the stamp with a baby wipe or rubbing alcohol.

TIP: When dry, lightly mist with matte, for easier clean-up.

You can lock down acrylic paint with matte acrylic spray at any time during the painting process, to preserve previous work.

This allows for fearless painting of the next steps, as any unwanted results may be wiped off without harming the underlying work.

Transfer Design

4. Transfer the designs to the appropriate surfaces.

Basecoating Designs

5. Use the appropriate size shaders or filbert to basecoat the designs –

Raw Sienna + Marigold 1:1 mixture – acorn nuts

Raw Sienna + Light Cinnamon – acorn caps

Cotton Candy – pink poinsettia petals

Hauser Medium Green – holly leaves

Tomato Red + Slate Grey (undercoat with one coat) – ribbon

Tomato Red – ribbon


6. Corner load the angle with Black Plum, float a wide shade under the acorns, and along the flip of the ribbon tail.

Corner load the angle with Terra Coral, wash over the ribbon tail that is flipped over.


7. Corner load the angle with Burnt Sienna, float shading across the top of each acorn nut; if necessary, mop to soften.

Then corner load the angle with Marigold, float highlighting along the bottom edge of each acorn nut; if necessary, mop to soften.

Corner load the angle with Dark Chocolate, float shading across the top of the acorn caps.

To deepen, re-float shading on the acorn caps, not as wide with Soft Black.

Now corner load the angle with Marigold, float highlighting along the bottom edge of the caps.

To create the texture on the caps, corner load the angle with Soft Black, float ‘c’ strokes on each cap; refer to step by step image.

With Dark Chocolate, pull the stems at the top of the caps; using the 5/0 liner.


8. The petals are created with floats of highlights.

Corner load the angle with Dark Chocolate, float a wide highlight on each petal.

Use the Lamp Black basecoated background in between each petal, for the shade and separation areas.

Then float Light Cinnamon on each petal, not as wide as the Dark Chocolate.

To create the curving over of each petal edge, corner load the angle with Raw Sienna, float a narrow highlight of Raw Sienna on

each petal.

Start the narrow float at one side edge of the petal, continue floating over to the opposite side edge.

The float will float towards the petal’s outside edge.

Now corner load the angle with Marigold, lightly and randomly re-float each petal’s curved edge.

If you have lost any shade areas between petals, just re-float Lamp Black.

Corner load the angle with Soft Black, float a shade across the backside of the pinecone.

Pink Poinsettia

9. Corner load the angle with Wild Berry, float a wide shade on each petal from the center of the flower towards the petal’s tip (about

2/3); if necessary, mop to soften.

To deepen, re-float shading not as wide with Deep Burgundy; if necessary, mop to soften.

Now corner load the angle with Sand, float a highlight along the tips of each petal.

Double load the 20/0 liner with Wild Berry + Deep Burgundy, pull the veins in each petal.

Pull-on a slight curve to give the petal life; taper off before the tip, so as to not cut the petal in half.

Corner load the angle with thinned Marigold, randomly float tints on a couple of the petals.

Place dip dots in the center of the poinsettia with Hauser Medium Green; using the handle end of a liner brush.

When dry, use the stylus and Tomato Red, place smaller dip dots in the centers of the Hauser Medium Green dots.

Repeat step with 24K Gold.

Holly Leaves

10. Corner load the angle with Hauser Dark Green, float a wide shade at the base of each holly leaf.

Then corner load the angle with Hauser Light Green, float a highlight along the tip of each holly leaf.

Now corner load the angle with Hauser Dark Green, float a vein in each holly leaf.

Float on a slight curve to give the leaf life, taper off before the tip, so as not to cut the leaf in half.

With the 5/0 liner and Hauser Light Green, outline one edge tip of the leaf with a comma stroke and then pull the stem.

Spruce Filler

11. With the 0 liner and Hauser Medium Green, pull the spruce filler; refer to photo for placement.

Then repeat steps, pulling Evergreen strokes.

Now for the highlight, randomly pull fewer strokes with Hauser Light Green.

Small Pinecones

12. Randomly place oval shapes of Light Cinnamon in the spruce; using the stylus; refer to photo for placement.

When dry, very lightly pull two Snow White highlight strokes on each side of the oval shape, place each one offset from the next;

using the 20/0 liner.

Small Berries

13. Randomly place Tomato Red clusters of berries in the spruce; using the stylus. There are three berries in each cluster; to achieve different size berries, do not re-load the brush handle for each berry. Refer to photo for placement.

When dry, place a Snow White highlight stroke in each berry at the top right (about one o'clock); using the 20/0 liner.


14. With the Spattering Tool and thinned Black Green, very lightly spatter over the entire design.

TIP: Before spattering, apply one coat of varnish to the surface, it will be easier to remove any unwanted specks; using a

dampened Q-tip or brush.

Finishing Touches

15. With the 12 shader and 24K Gold, basecoat the wood edges of the tags.


16. To protect your painted pieces, varnish the entire tags with the DuraClear matte varnish; using the Oval Wash Combo.

This brush doesn't leave any visible brushstroke marks when the varnish has dried.



For questions concerning this design, you can contact Debby at or visit her website, on Facebook or Instagram.

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