Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas Canvas by Steph Ackerman

Good morning, Steph here.

As we get closer to the holidays, it's time to start preparing holiday gifts and decor.  I can think of nothing better than creating a canvas to showcase holiday photos.

I began with an 11" X 14" canvas - covering the edges with Faber Castell Gelatos and water for a water colored effect, bringing the color into the canvas.  2 tags were also painted and put aside to dry.  I spritzed some Tattered Angels Persimmion Glimmer Mist on the center of the canvas.  Once dry (and it didn't take too long), I ran a brown ink pad along the edges of the canvas and the tags.   

Select your papes of choice and determine their positioning.  I selected a piece of Making Memories circular Christmas paper as the base, placing it along the right side of the canvas, allowing the edges of the paper to fall off the canvas.

I then cut some Christmas Tree paper to 3"x 12", inked the edges with brown ink and then matted it with red cardstock.  The striped paper was cut 3/4" x 12" and also matted with red cardstock before placing it on top of the tree paper.  Since this piece was to span the length of the canvas, I needed to make it fit, so I cut it approximately 4" from the right edge and allowed it to spread.  A large photo mat was created to cover this section so the missing piece would not be visible.  I adhererd these pieces to the background paper.

The photo mats were cut 5 1/4" x 7 1/4" and 5 1/4" x 4 1/4" from red cardstock.  Green cardstock was cut 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" and 5 1/2" x 4 1/2".  Each piece was corner rounded before adhering together.  The photo mats were then adhered to the background sheet.  The date was cut at 3/4" using the Cricut Expression and the Cricut Plantin Cartridge and adhered to the tags with Xyron adhesive.  The tags were placed under the photo mat, slightly off the canvas.  This entire piece was then glued to the canvas as one unit using Beacon Adhesive for a strong hold.  Be sure to turn over the canvas and rub the canvas to get a  good bond.  With Beacon Adhesive there is NO paper warping as you'd find with white glue.  So, please be sure to use it.

Pointsettias were assembled together with brads and then adhered to the right corner with Glue Dots.  The leaves were also added with Glue Dots, but they were "positioned" with secondary Glue Dots to hold them in place.

The sled was cut from red cardstock using the Quilted Christmas cartridge at 3 3/4".  Layer1 + sled was used to cut the sled topper and runners from gold cardstock  A.  Layer2+ sled was used to cut the packages from green cardstock.  Shift + Layer2 was used to create the secondary package layers.
Once the packages were assembled, I lightly inked them with brown ink before placing them on the sled - it added a little more definition.  The sled was then added to the upper left corner of the canvas with Beacon adhesive.

Christmas was cut at 1/14" from the Calligraphy cartridge.  I used the shadow feature because I wanted the letters a little thicker.

Rhinestones were added to several tree tops as well as down the center of the canvas and as the dot over the "i".

I added some ribbon in the tags to finish them off.
All you have to do now is add photos and hang.

Thanks for stopping by today.



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