Before we get started, if you’re looking for the Christmas stamps, including the two that are brand new this week, please use the link to the right. All is explained there.
Not only did I put the challenge out to my beauty of a creative team to make items you can prepare ahead of time–like tags or cards, but I also loved the thought of Christmas decor or gift giving, even. Anything you can do now to save you time later is the best!
And our Miss Laura took that challenge and ran with it! Her canvases are beyond amazing. I’m going to let her tell you all about it….
I’m not one to do altered projects very often, but when Kerri mentioned “home decor” as something fun she’d like to see for this week, I had the perfect idea. I have two 12×12″ frames that hang by my front door year-round. I like to keep our Christmas decor super simple, and one of the three areas that I actually decorate in the house is our entryway by the front door. I had the idea to create two 12×12″ altered canvases that could be hung in place of those frames during the Christmas holiday.
I knew I would keep the canvases pretty simple, overall, but I did want to make sure they had some texture and interest to them. This is where a few cut files from Kerri, along with some Silhouette chipboard, came in. I also used chalkboard paint, texture paste, silver metallic paint, silver glitter paint, and some black misting spray. All of these combined gave me just the texture I was looking for.
I picked out a circle background from the More Background Basics kit, and cut two of them at 6″ in size. While it would have been much easier to work with one large piece, to cover the entire canvas, the circles would have been much larger than I wanted if I had cut it at 12″ in size. So I just used the 6″ background piece as my stencil, and move it around as needed. I also picked out two Christmas words from Merry Everything kit to feature on my canvases, and cut each one three times from the chipboard. The Silhouette chipboard is on the thin side, but it’s easy enough to layer 2-3 pieces together, to make a thicker word.
1. Cut circle background (to use as a stencil) and words from Silhouette chipboard; cut 3 of each word to layer together for extra thickness.
2. Lay die cut circle stencil on canvas and spread texture paste over stencil; lift stencil carefully and move around canvas until entire canvas is covered.
3. Once texture paste is dry, paint entire canvas with 2 coats of metallic silver paint.
4. Paint entire canvas with 2 coats of silver glitter paint.
5. Once glitter paint is dry, spritz canvases with black misting spray.
6. Adhere chipboard words together; paint each word with black chalkboard paint.
7. Once paint dries, “condition” chalkboard paint by rubbing a piece of white chalk over paint.
8. Using a slightly damp rag, rub chalk in a circular motion until you get the look you desire.
Once the canvases and my chipboard words were painted and dry, I adhered a word to each canvas, in the bottom right corner using glue dots.
I wanted to add a little something else to the canvases, but nothing that stood out too much. I remembered these silver glittered enamel dots that I’ve had forever, and they were the perfect, simple embellishment. I adhered a handful of the enamels to each canvas, adding them to the centers of the circles.
Those are absolutely stunning! These girls never cease to amazing me. I never in a million years would have thought of that. Laura makes it look so easy and wonderful!
Beautiful job Laura!