I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ours was wonderful, but as always, went by too fast. I am still stuffed from all the yumminess!
I am back today to share another project, this time from the Tim Holtz idea-ology release. This project was one of my absolute FAVORITES! It combines everything that I love…inky vintage textures, Christmas idea-ology, stitching & straggly ends, buttons, chippy paint and everything vintage Christmas. As always, my plan was to share the step-outs of my makes, but, I had a little mishap with my photos and unfortunately have lost them. Yes, every. single. one. My sweet hubby decided to clean up the photo cloud and not thinking, deleted almost every photo from my past seasonal makes (if your accounts are connected, yes, they will delete from EVERY single place, might not be right away, but the cloud gremlins will take them.)…it was an interesting few days around here.
Luckily, after spending life with him for almost 30 years, I love him a WHOLE BUNCH and he was forgiven. 😉
So…I am sharing all that I can using the photos that I had saved through sending emails, and sharing on social media. My regularly scheduled programming, full of step-out photos, will resume with some new makes in the future. 🙂 Until then, let me share by describing some of my steps.
The Vignette Panel-
This project was made using the new idea-ology square vignette panel. It is a wood panel that can be decorated on either the inside or outside. I chose to use the outside area of it, which makes it perfect for hanging on a wall.
I started by painting the edges and the exposed front edges with Dina Wakley White Gesso, let it dry, then applied a good amount of Distress Crackle Texture Paste, using a palette knife. This was then set aside to dry and crackle. You can see some of the finished edges below.
Once crackled, I dry brushed both the crackled and non cracked areas with Candy Apple Distress Paint. I did this very haphazardly as I wanted to create a very vintage and shabby look. Nothing on this project is perfect, which for me, adds the shabby charm.
Once the red paint was dry, I used my finger and some more colors of distress paint to add depth to the crusty textures. The colors I chose were Rustic Wilderness, Salvaged Patina and Antique Linen.
The papers used in the background were all from the new idea-ology Christmas Backdrops..a new gorgeous combo of vintage papers that are just perfect and true Classic Christmas at it’s best! I chose 3 separate designs, then arranged them to create a collage. That “Blessing and Company” paper stole my heart, so I knew that would be the focus of the project.
I figured out the layers and arrangement of my papers, then trimmed a piece of cotton quilt batting to fit the panel and the papers. I created the paper collage by inking, spritzing, tattering up and wrinkling the papers, then stitched them in random areas to create a tattered look. When I made the background, I had no idea yet as to what would be the focus of the project…most times, I never really have a plan.
I dug into my “vintage mixed media found items” and found a grungy old oval embroidery hoop. Which fit perfectly on the front of the panel. Don’t you have some of those in your stockpile of weird vintage things? LOL, once a junk collector, always a junk collector…it’s a sickness I tell you, but one that I feel is worth having. It’s my way of recycling and saving the world, one vintage treasure at a time. 😉
I dug through the new paper dolls and found this adorable family…and everything else fell into place. Some idea-ology bottle brush trees, baubles and Sizzix greens cut with inky papers and tied up with red ribbon. The classic Christmas!
The bottle brush trees were dyed using a variety of Distress Spray Stains, both regular and oxide. I dried them with a heat tool, then using my finger, added some Opaque White Grit-Paste, then sprinkled the paste while it was till wet with Clear Rock Candy Glitter. Then I thought, oh, wouldn’t it be cool to decorate the trees with tiny shiny brites? It’s exactly how I decorate my large Christmas tree, bring on the tattered vintage glass bulbs! I remembered that Paula had created a project last Christmas that included the most adorable tiny bulbs made from the idea-ology baubles..I was so grateful that when I messaged her, she was so happy to share the technique.
To create the tiny shiny brites…
I rolled the baubles in tiny disposable cups using a couple drips of Alcohol Inks. Once they were colored with their main color (red, green, brown, gold) I poured them out onto a piece of paper towel to dry. Tim has shared this technique for bauble coloring HERE
Now here is the secret to making them look like tiny striped ornaments… I found a scrap piece of mixed media heavy stock, then using a hot glue gun, attached the baubles to the paper.
This just takes the tiniest amount of hot glue..don’t go crazy, but this will keep the bauble in place so that you can paint on the stripes. (initially when I saw Paula’s I was boggled with how in the world she held them and painted them up..of course, she made the technique so much easier with the hot glued on paper technique…BRILLIANT! THANK YOU, Paula!)
Using a tiny paint brush, I striped the centers with Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink and then added stripes with White Dina Wakley Gesso, once the gesso was dry, I added some glue to the white areas then sprinkled them with clear rock candy glitter. I popped them off the scrap paper, then began adhering them to the bottle brush trees.
Voila! Tiny Shiny Brites!
I colored the paper doll family using Distress Crayons and Distress Paint and cut out several greens using a variety Sizzix thinlet sets.
I trimmed a piece of the Christmas Worn Wallpaper pieces to fit within the groove of the embroidery hoop and glued it inside. I wrapped the right and left side of the hoop with scraps of cotton fabric and wound some cotton thread around the fabric pieces, then adhered a small button on top. I arranged the layout and began adhering them onto the panel using both Hot Glue and Distress Collage Medium. I grunged up a Metal Word Plaques then adhered it to a scrap of wood, added a couple Hardware Heads and adhered it below the hoop.
Once it was all done, I added some collage medium in random areas, then sprinkled the entire make with Distress Mica Flakes.
With that, my project was complete!
Thanks so much for stopping by today, see you soon!
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idea-ology Holiday Vignette Panel, Holiday Paperdolls, Baubles, Woodland Tree Lot, Holiday Word Plaques, Backdrops Christmas Paper, Worn Wallpaper Scraps, Hardware Heads, Opaque White Grit-Paste, Clear Rock Candy Glitter, Mica Flakes, Distress Paint, Distress Ink, Distress Sprays, Sizzix Festive Bouquet Thinlet Set, Quilt Batting, Sewing Machine, Dina Wakley White Gesso, Alcohol Inks and Gold Mixative, Vintage Buttons, Embroidery Hoop
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jaimie sander says
Just a stunning piece of art! I so love seeing new posts from you in my inbox! Thank you so much for sharing your process, one of these days i will sit down and actually attempt to make something like this!
Janet D. says
This is fantastic! Thanks for the tip on how to color the tiny baubles, love it!
Just so “Stacy”…Shabby Chic at its best….love the treatment you gave the ornaments….just so many great details…love it!!!
karen Underwood says
Love the trees!! The embroidery hoop was genius!! Just a small suggestion for the trees. You could also use small beads for the balls. I’m also a jewelry maker so I have lots! of extra beads.