Hi all! It's been quite here on the blog but I can assure you I've been crafting! I'm still in Christmas mode... it's 95+ degrees outside here but that's not stopping me! LOL
A few years ago I purchased some Christmas garland, and each year that I use it, more of the petals fall off. However it's definitely my fault... I use it to wrap around my staircase banister so it's located in a "high traffic" area... and I have a son... need I say more? LOL
Anyway, I've been using the fallen pieces for other holiday decor items. I've used it for holiday gift wrap/packaging, and this year I used a bloom for this mini canvas.
This canvas measures 4x4 inches. I applied gesso to the canvas first, then adhered the pattered paper layers. The patterned papers were complementary but I applied a little bit of beige/cream colored acrylic paint to tie them together a little more. I added a gold border to the top layer of pattered paper using a Versamark pen & gold embossing powder.
I was going to use gold glitter, but I didn't want the glitter to flake off. I added a layer of matte medium to protect the patterned paper, but the embossed border lost it's glossy look. It still looks nice but I think on my next canvas I will add the matte medium first, and then add the embossing powder after it dries.
I used red acrylic paint to color the chipboard alphas, and then painted red Stickles over them to create the title. To adhere the bloom, I cut off the back of the bloom. Doing this separates the layers so I used a fabric glue to assemble them again. I then adhered them to a pop dot, and used a hot glue gun to adhere it to the canvas. I used more of the beige/cream acrylic paint along the sides of the canvas and then used a script background stamp & black ink to add more details. Finally I spread more of the red Stickles along the sides and top of the canvas.
This was a fun project that can be completed in less than an hour, which includes drying time! So that's one project I can scratch off my "Christmas in July" project list :) I just need to work on my Christmas cards & some holiday throw pillows that I wanted to make last year but never got around to doing so.
Do you have any holiday crafts on your to-do list? Christmas is only five months away :)