Guess what? It's Mojo Monday at Flying Unicorn, and I am up!!!! Here is Alda's gorgeous sketch.....
I absolutely adore this sketch, and I really wanted to stay as close as possible to it as I could, but in the end, I had to make a few minor changes. Two reasons.....one, my frame was too thick to have more bulk in the top left, and two, I had completely forgotten that I was up for Mojo Monday, so I revamped a project I was working on, to fit with the sketch. Here is my interpretation.....
I started with a large Tim Holtz Configuration Box, and a small frame from Michaels. This is a variation of the Joy Canvas I created, only with less background noise. The little bird image, is an older Christmas card from my Mom's stash....she was going to throw this away!!! Uh, hello.....I want it!!!
Showing you this closeup, so you can see the background better. First things first.....2 coats of gesso. Once dry, I added some stamping with the Hero Arts Stunning Snowflakes stamp and Ranger Archival Ink in Coffee, and then I added a bit of gesso over top, just to calm the background. Quick tip: if you use this ink, heat set it before you add gesso on top, as it will smear......lesson learned!
Then some sprays....my fave Lindy's Stamp Gang's Starburst Sprays in A Bit o' Bubbly, Creme Brulee Cream and Opal Sea Oats. I dried in between each spray, so the colors wouldn't blend as much. The colors are so light and very close in tone, so I wanted to see each color on the background. The next step was to add Golden Molding Paste through a Crafter's Workshop Cherry Blossoms stencil, and then Martha Stewart Crystal Coarse Glitter over top. Now, I did let the molding paste dry, and then sponged on Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium Matte through the stencil, to glue down the glitter. This product seems to hold the glitter better than just molding paste.
Before adding my embellies, I added a Kaisercraft rubon from their Turtle Dove Collection, and I splattered on some 13 Arts Ayeeda Ink in Black.
The frame was originally a weird green color, and didn't fit in with this project, so 3 coats of gesso, fixed the problem. Once dry I added Jacquard Lumiere Metallic Gold Paint on the raised edges, and then using the Multi-Medium I added more glitter. I thought it was a bit stark, so I went back over some areas, with Lindy's Embossing Powder in Queen Sheba Silver. It toned down the gold, just enough. And yes, I embossed right over the glitter.
You can barely see the Creative Embellishments ornate clock behind the greenery.....but it was gessoed and embossed, and then sprayed with the same colors as above. The red baubles, are from Michaels from their Christmas DIY stuff. I bought these a few years ago, so I'm not sure if they still carry them. Anyways, I went over them with Ranger Alcohol Ink in Red Pepper, and then set them in large bead caps from my stash.
The flowers and white sprays are from Petaloo. The sprays were gessoed and misted with Dylusions White Linen Spray and then over sprayed with Creme Brulee Cream. The large metal leaves are Flying Unicorn Metal Adornments, that I let soak in a vinegar bath overnight. It adds a bit of rust to the metal. I added some greenery, pinecones and shimmery white sprays (Dollar Tree - floral section), which I cut apart. A stick and bells from my stash. I finished it off with a Tim Holtz Remnant Rub from Christmastime, as my title, and a few sprinkles of sequins here and there.
Quick tip: I got the idea of rusting metal from France Papillon, but I am still struggling to make this work the way I want it. More experimentation is in the works. Yes, yes, I have rusting powder, but not what I wanted to use here.
Unfortunately, I do not have inside pics for you. I am still working on it, and trying to find small Christmasy bits, that will fit perfectly inside. I think I need to explore miniature ornaments and very small village props. Once it's done, I will come back and show you the inside.
Meanwhile, I know you'll want to create a project using this sketch....so gorgeous!!! So once you do, head on over to the Flying Unicorn Forum, and upload it to this challenge. You just might win yourself a RAK!!!