Merry Christmas

Dec 25, 2012

I hope you and your family are all enjoying a wonderful holiday season. I certainly do wish you all the very best and happiest of holidays. Now that everyone has opened their gifts I can finally share all the projects I created this Christmas to give to my family. Today’s canvas was my gift to my dad. As you all know he is Santa and has quite a collection of Santa’s so I thought I would add to it. I’m happy to report Santa’s sitting in his recliner with his feet up and a tummy full of milk and cookies resting from all his travels during the night.

I really did have a lot of fun creating this 4″ x 4″ canvas for dad. I  tried hard to make each gift I create personal. For this canvas I scanned images from my Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Golden Book. Once I got the image sizes as I wanted I printed them using a laser printer and attached the images to the canvas using Claudine Hellmuth Studio Glossy Multi-Medium.

Please Note: Since this is a personal gift I did not worry about copying pages from the book. If this were an item for sale that would be a very big NO, NO as it is copyrighted. Just want to make sure you all understand the copyright issue if you are wanting to make one for yourself that is fine but to sell… that is bad.

Ok back to the project the Santa is created from a vintage Santa I had in my stash. I made a mold using Mold N’ Pour and filled it with white UTEE. Once the UTEE set I popped it out of the mold and colored Santa’s suit and mouth using a red Copic Marker and tinted his cheeks pink and colored his eyes blue. I then accented the white of his suit and hat using Diamond Stickles.

I found an image of an old vintage map and printed it on my laser printer then cut it to fit the copper tube. I placed the image onto clear packaging tape then stuck the copper tube over the image making sure it was in place. I sealed the image using Nunn Design Glue. I applied 3 applications of glue over the image letting the glue dry in between each one. Then I filled the copper tube and covering the image of the map with EnviroTex Resin and let it cure.

The canvas top is completely covered with Distress Crackle Paint Clear Rock Candy. Once dry I accented the top using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and wiped off the excess with a damp paper towel. The reindeer antlers, bells and harnesses are accented with Diamond Stickles. The journaling words are accented with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and attached to the canvas with a Xyron Permanent Adhesive Glue Stick.

The sides of the canvas are covered with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Glossy Multi Medium to give it a little protection. Once the multi-medium was dry I accented the stars on the paper using Diamond Stickles. After everything was dry I attached the altered copper tube, Santa, tree and tiny gold jingle bell to the front of the canvas as shown. I’m really happy with how Dad’s gift turned out and he was thrilled to receive it.

Warmest of Holiday Hugs!

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