Thursday, November 7, 2013

Holiday Celebrations Week 1!

Ready to be festively distressed once again? The Dream Team have been playing with Ranger's Distress Paints, and are ready to inspire you to be distressed as well...paint distressed that is! Dreamweaver Stencils are the perfect choice to mix with all things festively distressed, as nothing shows off color and texture better than great designs. By following our hop and leaving love along the way, you have the opportunity to win a great prize package including five Ranger Distress Paints and five Dreamweaver Stencils! Here's the lineup for today, including our November Guest Designer:

Louise Healy (you're here)

This is also our first posting day featuring our new monthly challenge, "Holiday Celebrations", and for the entire month we will be demonstrating ways to use Beacon Adhesives' entire line of products with Dreamweaver to create special projects in home decor and gifts of love. Here's mine:

To create this Holiday decoration I started with a 4" x 4" x 1" canvas, Distress Paints, and Dreamweaver's  Holly Swirls stencil (LJ891)

I held the stencil in place on each side and used a foam applicator pad to apply a combination of iced spruce, bundled sage, and peeled paint Distress Paint, heat setting each side as I went.
I used the same combination of colors to stencil the front of the canvas, then heat set it.

Next I add several colors of Distress Inks over the entire piece. (wild honey, festive berries, vintage photo, walnut stain) I misted the whole thing with a little water and dried it with a heat tool. The paint resists the inks so it looks like it is sitting on top of the colors. 

In order to paste emboss the Skates stencil (LL3016), I put a small stack of paper squares in the center opening on the back of the canvas, this kept the center from pushing in while I applied the paste.  I taped the Skates stencil to the front of the canvas at an angle and applied Metallic Silver Embossing Paste using a palette knife, removed the stencil and carefully sprinkled just the shoe part of the skates with Crystal glitter, and set it aside to dry.

While the skates were drying, I stenciled the holly leaves and berries from the To:From holly stencil (LS64) with a 1/4" stencil brush and Distress Ink pine needles five times, cut them out, and edged them with vintage photo ink.

Once the silver paste was dry, I used Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry to apply the holly leave clusters where I wanted them. It dries pretty quickly so I was able to add the ribbon all the way around the canvas using Beacon Adhesives FABRI-TAC. I gave that a few minutes to dry before adding three antique buttons to each side using Beacon Adhesives GEM-TAC.
Here's how it looks from the side:

To finish off near the top so the ribbon wouldn't pull apart, I added some of Tim Holtz's Tinsel twine that I first pounced with Adirondack Mushroom Alcohol Ink and heat a little (it makes it look a little more antiquey...yes that IS a word!)

Next I wanted to finish off the back of the canvas, so I cut a square of Manila cardstock to fit it, stenciled the Holly swirls(LJ 891) with Distress Paint pine needles using a foam applicator and heat set it. I applied Distress Ink over the  paint in the same colors as the front, misted it, and dried it with the heat tool.  The Skate stencil (LL3016)  was placed on at the same angle as the front image, but this time I used Distress Ink festive berries on a foam applicator to color the image. I just love how the Distress Paint comes thru the ink so it ends up looking like the skates were put on first and then the holly.  I distressed the edges with vintage photo and walnut stain inks, and adhered it to the back of the canvas with Zip Dry from Beacon.

Back side of the ornament

Last, but not least, I added a little Distress Paint pine needles along the edges and wiped it with a soft cloth while it was still wet to soften it a little, then added Distress Stickles fired brick to the berries of the holly

Ranger products used:
Distress Paints, Distress Inks, Distress Stickles,
Adirondack Alcohol Ink, Foam Applicators, Felt Applicator

Dreamweaver Stencils products used:
LJ891, LL3016, LS64
Metallic Silver Embossing Paste, Stencil brush

Beacon Adhesives products used:
Zip Dry, FABRI-TAC, Gem-Tac
Leave me a comment for a chance to win a prize, then hop on over to the other designers' blogs to see what great projects they've created for you!

Happy Creating,


Lea said...

Louise, this is such a sweet little canvas! I have a good friend that loves all things related to ice skating!

Tasha said...

Very cute canvas! Thanks for sharing!

Pam Hornschu said...

I'm always wanting to create something with those little canvases, and this provides such great ideas!

Lori Gauerke said...

I love the project, you are all so creative!! I am jealous..

JPScraps said...

This canvas is so CUTE!

Amante del Papel said...

is an awesome project, love it!

Vicki Sopcak said...

Your creativity is inspiring. It got my creative juices flowing. I LOVE DREAMWEAVER STENCILS!!!

Denise Bryant said...

Pretty decoration! Great way to use the little canvas!

Papertangler said...

Omigosh you did the BACK too. Its like a little hidden surprise. Same with the buttons around the edges...well semi hidden.

Terrece said...

OH WOW!! I would love to have this ornament on my tree. I really love it!!

Miriam Prantner said...

Great ornament, love all the techniques you utilized for this!

Lyn B said...

Terrific idea working with canvas! Looks like another great Christmas gift idea.

CraftyJo said...

Hey...I believe you!! "antiquey" is surely a valid word (even though my spell checker disagrees ;) ). Great canvas, love all the details on it.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

totally cute canvas!

jj said...

Your ice skate project is so pretty and it looks fun to make.

Leanne said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful work.

Janice said...

Really cool canvas. Love the depth of colours used and all the details

Sara said...

These are awesome canvas decorations! I love this idea and may need to create my own! Thanks for sharing all the steps that you went through! You Rocked this projected! Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!