Christmas Framed Art
Every year I hold an all day event with the ladies from my Beachmere class. We get together at 9am and craft until all the projects are completed. This year I tried something a little different and die cut all the pieces for the projects before the class, so the ladies could spend more time creating and less time lining up at the Big Shot. All of the ladies are experienced stampers and have used a Big Shot more than once! It made the day a lot more enjoyable for everyone.
The first and probably the most complicated project this year was our Framed Art piece. I love creating these decorator pieces to use anytime, but especially at Christmastime. The background card is Soft Sky which is sponged around the card to a depth of about 2″ using Soft Sky ink. The edges were sponged again using Night of Navy ink but this time to a depth of about 1/2″. The swirly star image from the Star of Light stamp set is stamped across the Soft Sky card using Night of Navy ink. There are two layers of Very Vanilla card across the bottom of the frame which have been embossed using the Seaside Embossing Folder. The top edge of each piece is cut to create a snow-drift look. The large solid star at the top of the frame is cut from Night of Navy card with the detailed star over the top cut from Dazzling Details Glimmer Paper – both stars cut using the Starlight Thinlits Dies. There are a couple of small stars cut from the same Dazzling Details Glimmer Paper using dies from the same set. The trees from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set are stamped on Wild Wasabi card using Wild Wasabi ink and cut using the matching Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits Dies. The sleigh is cut from Basic Black card with the detailed layer cut once more from Dazzling Details Glimmer Paper. These pieces are also cut using the dies in the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits Dies. The reindeer from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set are stamped onto Crumb Cake card using Soft Suede ink and cut out using the same matching die (Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits Dies). The bows for the reindeer are cut from Real Red card. The presents in the sleigh are hand cut after stamping onto Very Vanilla card using Night of Navy, Wild Wasabi and Real Red ink. Some of the decorative bows on the presents are stamped before die cutting and a couple are just die cut from Real Red and Night of Navy ink (Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits Dies). There is a sweet little teddy image in the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set and matching die so of course I needed to add one to the sleigh. The teddy is also stamped in Soft Suede ink on Crumb Cake card. The hardest part of creating one of these projects is placement. I attached the narrowest piece of Very Vanilla card to the bottom edge of the Soft Suede card and then played with the other images, placing some between the layers of Very Vanilla and some behind the back edge of the deepest piece. I liked the way this seemed to reinforce the snow drift effect. The pieces in both these stamp sets and matching thinlit dies lend themselves perfectly to this type of crafting. As a special bonus you can download the tutorial which we used in class to create this framed art piece. You can also find the tutorial on my Free Tutorials page.
I’d love to know what you think, so leave a comment please and if you create your own art piece, I’d love to see a photo.
Bye for now