1. Begin with properly fired cone 04 bisque. Moisten a sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
2. Apply two coats of SC-86 Old Lace to the flipped up curly area of the tree under the branches. Apply a third coat in sections at the bottom area only. Wet the crocheted doily and squeeze out water. Place the doily into the wet glaze and brush over the doily with Old Lace. When it starts to dry, pat with a paper towel to remove excess glaze.3. When the SC-86 Old Lace is dry to the touch, brush or sponge on 2 coats of SC-16 Cotton Tail over the underside of the tree (over the doily) then remove the doily.
4. Apply two coats of SC-16 Cotton Tail wherever you want your white dots to appear. Punch out small dots – approximately 1/4″ in diameter. Brush over the Cotton Tail with water and place the paper dots onto the piece.
5. Apply 1 coat of SC-16 Cotton Tail under the top branch and second layer, leaving the shadow area the Old Lace.
6. Apply two coats of SC-74 Hot Tamale at the top of the tree, second layer of branch and at the bottom. Use the CB-110 Script Liner to get into the tight curls and the CB-106 Script Liner to get a tight edge of color at the wave. To transition the color from Red to Green, add SC-93 Honeydew List to the Hot Tamale brush. Brush back and forth to blur the line between the colors. Use the AB-834 Base Coat brush, as it is a stiffer brush.
7. Remove the paper dots, immediately after the second coat of Hot Tamale.
8. Once the color is blended, continue to brush the Honeydew List up to just under the top branch. Repeat steps 6 and 7 twice.
9. On the reindeer side, SC-52 Toadily Green was added to the Honeydew List as it was brushed on to get a deeper green.
10. When dry, hold the SL-438 Snowflakes Stencil over the tree and use the 2″ foam roller to roll on SC-52 Toadily Green over the stencil. Only one at a time, because the tree is rounded. so only use the large patterns from the stencil.
11. Use the AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper to trace the poinsettia pattern onto the tree. Start at the outer tip of the petal with SC-74 Hot Tamale and add SC-97 Cant-elope to the brush for the middle. Add SC-34 Down to Earth to darken the Hot Tamale near the center. Use CB-106 Script Liner to apply two coats. Outline with SG-401 Black using CB-110 Liner.
12. The dots in the center are a mix of SC-97 Cant-elope and SC-34 Down To Earth.
13. Use the Clay Carbon Paper to trace the JOY pattern onto the piece. Use the Liner with SG-401 Black or SC-15 Tuxedo to paint over the word.
14. Use the reindeer screen from DSS-0107 Season’s Greeting., Thicken SC-15 Tuxedo with AC-310 Silkscreen Medium to the consistency of peanut butter, rub the thickened mixture over the screen. Clean the screen.
15. Mix SC-52 Toadily Green with a small amount of SC-15 Tuxedo and use to shade under the branches at the top and middle sections. Thin SC-52 Toadily Green and brush over the detail of the doily. Darken Hot Tamale with Tuxedo and apply as a wash over parts of the doily – use a very thin application so it puddles in the detail only.
16. Darken SC-74 Hot Tamale with a small amount of SC-15 Tuxedo and float at the edges of the Hot Tamale areas at the curls. This helps also to shadow the white dots.
17. Stamp the tree sporadically with ST-129 Mini Fern Stamp using SC-97 Cant-elope. Darken Cant-elope with SC-34 Down To earth and stamp the Mini Fern stamp in some areas. Stamp the doily area also.
18. Dip into NT-CLR Clear Dipping Glaze or apply one coat of S-2101 Clear with the CB-604 Soft Fan to the entire tree.
19. Fire to cone 05/06.