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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Christmas book box

Hi Everyone

Every year I put a box out on the First of December, with all our Christmas films and books in. Most years its an old toy box or a cardboard box covered in wrapping paper this year I had an old CD storage box I could alter and hopefully I will have something I can put out for years to come.



It Started off as a very plain metal box and its pretty large. by far one of the largest projects I have completed. 


I started by covering all the edges, hinges and locks with brown paint, that I sanded back in places so you can see some of the metal underneath. Then I cut several sheets of patterned paper into 2 inch squares, which I glued in place. I edged all the panels of patterned paper with dots of Cosmic Shimmer's PVA pearlescent glue in Olympic Gold and Choco Brown.



I recently had a clock break, so naturally I scavenged for pieces before throwing it away. One of the kept pieces was the dome that covered the clock face, which I used to cover the focal image on the top of the box. To make the image I ripped a strip of paper, that I used as a mask, and inked over the circle of paper with various brown and blue shades of distress inks. I then stamped three angels, some snowflakes and a Christmas themed phrase. Before glueing the dome to the card I added some frost flakes from The Embellishment Attic. I then glued the metal ring over the top, added more Cosmic Shimmer glue in dots, and glued in place two children's Christmas ornament that I had painted with my son. 



Putting that aside to dry, I painted some polystyrene snowflake with green paint. once the paint was dry I heated the snowflakes so the polystyrene bubbled slightly and then rubbed treasure gold over the top.

I made a mixture of different sized flowers with red, gold and silver ribbon, adding black beads and bells to the centres. I also coloured some paper flowers with a watered down brown stain, and heat embossed some small chip board snowflakes with sliver embossing powder.


When everything was dry I arranged the flowers and snowflakes on top of the box, adding lots of extra metal embellishments.





Thank you for reading
Gem

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Christmas lights canvas -The Artistic Stamper December Challenge.



Hi Everyone

I really enjoyed making this 30x30 cm canvas, for the December- Christmas themed challenge on The Artistic Stampers Creative team blog. Please pop over, join in, and I hope you are inspired by all our pieces.



 I started by reusing an old canvas, so I painted the whole canvas with black acrylic paint. Once that was dry I stamped using white dylusions paint and the Christmas strippers stamp, unfortunately you can not really see this stamp once the canvas is finished. I then started to scrape paint over the canvas with an old credit card. I used lots of different dylusions paints so had to ensure I allowed the paint to dry in-between the layers so the individual colours could be seen and they did not get to muddy.




Over this I sponged fresh lime through the chevron mask, and squeezed orange through the large dot mask.



Once that was completely dry I stamped over the canvas with a snowflake stamp, and then pierced holes through the canvas in the snowflake centres. I glued grommets/ eyelets in place through the holes.



I went over the snowflakes with a black pen and added some white in place with a paint pen. once it was all dry I pushed some light through the hole made and glued them in place.



 Thank you so much for reading
Gemma