Christmas starts here

Well it may be Monday again but it has a good feel to it this week thanks to the “Christmas in July” challenge that starts today over at Crafty Boots Challenges. I have not one but two design team samples to share:

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First up is this altered canvas, vintage, style. For once, I remembered to take some photographs during it’s creation so you could see how it all came together. This largely consists of a paper napkin and some beeswax with a couple of embellishments thrown in for good measure.

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First step was to separate the layers of the napkin. You just want the top layer that has the image. However, I discovered that the lower layers were slightly marked with “ghost” images from the top. I thought this would make a great base layer and cover up the harsh white of the canvas. So first, using a brush, apply a thin layer of beeswax. It will set almost instantly. The, lay your napkin over the top and smooth it gently – it will take hold of the layer of wax underneath. Now, using a heat gun, re-melt the wax, smoothing with a brush as you go. The napkin will now be sandwiched between two thin layers of wax.

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Next, choose the images on the napkin that you would like to use and roughly tear around them. Torn images will blend in better that cutting. However, if you are going to use just one image, you can cut it to the size of your canvas as the cut edge will blend into the canvas edge. Apply the image in the same way that you did the base layer except this time brush a little melted wax over the top as you go. If it’s too thick in places simply use the heat gun and brush to even it out.

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Once all the images are applied you can build up extra texture and depth around the edge and along the sides of the canvas. I love the effect of this as it does really make it look old. I’ve dusted on a little gold mica powder but you could use gilding wax if you prefer. Then you need to buff the wax with a soft cloth.

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Then it’s just a question of gluing on any embellishments. I chose to add two stickers and I brushed a little beeswax over the top. To finish, there are a couple of matching buttons and two tiny star brads.

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My second project was a very quick card using a fabulous gingerbread man tag. My cousin very kindly gave me a pack of these last year with the intention that I use them in my projects. “You mustn’t hoard them,” was the accompanying instruction!! Well it’s only about a year since I’ve had them so I don’t reckon that’s too bad, do you?

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I wanted the gingerbread man to be the star of the show so I kept this deliberately simple. Mats and layers of coordinating designer papers with a little mat of gold glitter card slipped in for good measure. I’ve secured the tag behind the layers letting it hang loose at the front.

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A couple of snowflake stickers and a “jingle” sticker finish it off perfectly.

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So Happy Christmas in July one and all, I hope you will be able to share your early (or is it late in crafting terms?!) Christmas makes with us over at Crafty Boots Challenges.

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Thanks for buzzing by.


Comments

Christmas starts here — 8 Comments

  1. Really lovely Lisette, it’s never too early to begin with xmas arrangements, anyway no one is on time ever 🙂 I loved the waxed canvas, the wax gives such a snowy feeling!

  2. I adore both of these projects. The vintage altered canvass is just gorgeous and I love how you made it. I think that if I lived closer to you I would spend my Sunday’s at you house so you could show me how to make all of these wonderful little treasures,

    The gingerbread man card is so sweet – no pun intended. I adore his jelly like buttons and the fab backing papers you have used.

    There is something about Christmas in July that I find so exciting and right now both me, and my work space, are covered in glitter.

    I hope your week is so much better than last week.

    Dionne xx

    • Thank you. I will settle for Christmas any time of year – am waiting for the early showing of films on the Sky Channels.

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