Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Holiday Crafting with Dawn

 Hello from Dawn's craft room!
Our store owner Dawn has been busy in her craft room making a few new projects for Christmas. Dawn reports that she LOVES her new space! (Click HERE for pictures of her craft room transformation.) As you can see, she is putting it to very good use!

 Dawn just finished four beautiful holiday projects: JOY tri-fold, BELIEVE Santa Canvas Board, Snowflake Frame, and Monogram Canvas. You will find pictures and instructions below. Stop by Memory Bound to see Dawn's projects and pick up everything you need to make your own. Each one would make a wonderful holiday gift!

JOY Tri-Fold
This fabulous holiday decoration can be customized to fit your home's decor! Start with the hinged tri-fold and add your own flair!


JOY Tri-fold Instructions:
1. Paint the tri-fold white.
2. Trace around the paper of your choice and adhere to  tri-fold with multi medium - matte.
3. Sand edges of paper and ink with Antique Linen  Distress Ink.
4. Adhere Merry Christmas ribbon to the tri-fold allowing  enough “slack” so you can bend the tri-fold.
5. Cut and adhere the burlap over top of the Merry Christmas ribbon. I used multi medium - matte.
6.  Adhere the cardstock letters on top of the burlap.

 BELIEVE Santa Canvas Board
This piece would make a beautiful vintage wall-hanging or mantel decoration for Christmas! Transform a blank canvas board with a sheet of holiday paper.

BELIEVE Santa Canvas Board Instructions:
1. Paint edges of canvas board black.
2. Spritz paper with water.  Scrunch the paper and then lay flat.  Allow to dry.
3. Sand the paper and brush very lightly with a dry foam brush dipped in black paint.
4. Adhere paper to the canvas board using multi medium – matte.
5. Paint with a coat of Ranger Distress Crackle Paint – Rock Candy.
6. Distress a small doily using Distress Ink in Peeled Paint.  Dry brush edges of doily with the black paint.
7. Cut holly and twig from Tim Holtz die.  Brush with Ranger Distress Crackle Paint – Rock Candy.
8. Adhere doily to the corner of the canvas board using multi-medium – matte. 
9. Adhere the holly and twig on top of the doily using a glue gun.
10. Adhere bells by the holly.
11. Emboss some of Santa’s beard, fur, and the snow on the tree using Stampendous Aged Ivory embossing powder.

 Snowflake Frame
This festive frame would make a wonderful holiday gift. Just add your family's photo!

Snowflake Frame Instructions:
1.  Cut snowflakes from chipboard and adhere to old frame.
2. Cover snowflakes and frame with Ranger Metal Tape sheets cut the right size.
3. Using and embossing tool, rub into the corners of the snowflakes and any other design you wish to put on the frame. 
4. Distress the frame using hammers, combs, any tool you can find. 
5. Lightly brush black acrylic paint over the frame and while it is still wet, rub off the paint with a paper towel.  You can add more black paint or wet your paper towel to remove the paint until you get the desired look.

Monogram Canvas
This elegant canvas would be perfect on a mantel or in an entryway!

Monogram Canvas Instructions:

1. Paint part of the canvas with white paint and some with brown paint.  Allow to dry.

2. Paint a layer of black paint over top and allow to dry.

3. Sand edges and top of canvas until some of the lower layers of paint show through. 

4. Brush Tea Dye Distress Stain over the whole canvas.

5. Apply a thick layer of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint if you want the aged cracked look on your canvas.

6. Paint your wood letter with Silver paint.  Apply it very thick in some areas.  Keep some of your brush strokes because that is what makes the ridges in the letter giving it a more metallic look.  Allow to dry.

7. Apply a thin layer of black paint and immediately try to wipe some of it off with a damp paper towel.  The black paint will stay in the valleys of your paint.  Keep applying and wiping off the black paint until you get the desired look.

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