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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