Friday, 14 November 2014

A "Hearty" Christmas Tree

Having been lucky to win the Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge in September I also got the chance to be  Guest Designer for the November Challenge  - Use a non Christmas Stamp To Create to Create A christmas Themed Image.

I had lots of fun in altering an A4 art canvas into a Christmas picture.
A few people who I know well, may now be spitting out their tea/coffee in surprise - as I don't usually do "large"   :)

So here's a quick resume of the process. Paper Artsy Fresco Paint Toad Hall, painted onto white card. Invoke "Textured Hearts" stamps inked with metallic Green from the Colorbox Petal point Brocade wheel, embossed with clear EP. Then fussy Cut.
Music Tissue paper given to me by the lovely She was glued to the canvas and left to dry.Then the background stamping began, I used a large Harlequin stamp for 2 corners using a clear pigment pad and covered with Crystal Stamp n Stuff EP  in 2 corners. Not wanting square edges I tore a piece of paper to mask off some of the stamp - remembered to keep the paper for later too! for the opposite corners I did the same using a Dylusion background stamp.
I wanted a rough idea as to where the tree would sit so I could concentrate on decorating the surrounding areas more. I used Stamplogy Stamps Jazzy Swirls which were stamped using same inks/EP as the corners to further develop the background and then I had fun spraying Glimmer Mists in Cranberry Zing and Antique Gold onto the canvas.
I was having so much fun it wasn't until after I over- stamped the corners of the canvas in Colorbox Frost  white and clear EP and  colourbox sepia back and Fun Stamps Pearl Gold EP.(Off set to create more depth). I had even started to create the border using DecoArt Gesso and more Toad Hall paint with Dylusion stencil that I remembered to take a poor Photo!!
A slightly better photo in daylight - I do need more stencil practice ! Next To create the Star - I used Paper Artsy Ellen Vargo Eclectica 3 Triangle stamp  -
 - I used Paper Artsy Ellen Vargo Eclectica 3 Triangle stamp stamped in Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink and covered with Sparkle n Sprinkle Petina Gold EP. Using a scalpel I fussy cut the Middle and edges to create the star. I directly applied Gold ink pad to the star and EP again.
For the tree container I used card painted in Cranberry Zing and Ellen's Square using inks and EP as above. Fussy cut.
The Tree stump is card painted with PA Fresco Tikka and Old Gold. Then an assembly of tree, stump, star and pot/container. I used foam to give the heart branches more dimension adding Glossy Accents to ensure they stayed in position! Little gems from stash to add the final touch.

Another photo of the completed Canvas - in real life it has loads more sparkle!!
Thank you for dropping by :)
I would also like to enter the canvas into the following
The Artist Trading Post  - Stencil Challenge
Through The Craft Room Door - Any thing Goes
Simon Says - We're seeing Stars Challenge
Stamping Sensations - Christmas Challenge
Craft Room Challenge - Anything 3D Challenge
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes (Altered Art Only).


Anonymous said...

A beautiful page Carol! I love your design!
Alison xx

Virginia L. said...

Gorgeous background. Every detail is lovely! Fabulous design all around. Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Seeing Stars” Challenge!

Linda said...

Fabulous canvas ...... love your heart Christmas tree. xx

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous canvas Carol! Love how you've created your star and the tree looks amazing! Thanks for joining us at ATP Exchange. Sue C x

Julia S-W said...

Such a clever idea to make your tree! I think it looks fab against all the lovely texture in the background too. Creative star as well.
Thanks so much for joining us at ATP Exchange.

hazel said...

A wonderful canvas, I love the tree and the colours are lovely.
xxx Hazel.

NanaConnie said...

Wonderful canvas and very creative use of the hearts, Carol ! Thank you so much for joining in our "Anything Goes" challenge at Through the Craft Room Door this week. Good luck in the draw and I hope we see you again very soon.
NanaConnie DT

Meggymay said...

A fantastic canvas, the background looks super and i love the way you did the tree. thank you for joining us at ATP Exchange this time.

Sandra Wright. said...

Such a stunning canvas...loving all the detail.
You are welcome to enter it in to my altered art challenge here...


Unknown said...

What a lovely tree you created! Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenges ~ Christi

Lynne K said...

Love this! Gorgeous background and a great way of making the tree. Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations.


Beccalite said...

Such stunning techniques you have used, plain to see you have had lots of fun creating this canvas, beautiful.

Thank you so much for coming over and joining in with us at Rhedds Creative Spirit.

Great Big Huge Hugs

Becca xx (DT Member)

Unknown said...

Great colour and texture to this, it's fantastic! Many thanks for joining the Rhedd's Creative Spirit challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

Gio said...

Such a lovely card! And thanks for sharing the process!