Saturday, 2 December 2017

Christmas Card Club - Mixed Media Theme

Mary at Carolina cards chose the theme of Mixed Media for this fortnights Christmas Card Club.
To see what the other members made for this challenge, just click on their hyperlinks on my right sideboard. It will be well worth the initial clicks!

I must admit I struggled with this theme.  I finally decided on using acrylic paint for my "media" as well as using a discarded electrical tape container as my base for a Christmas ornament. I am busy trying to change up my formerly silver/red and white glittery Christmas decor theme into one that incorporates a country farmhouse look. Hopefully this ornament will help.

I started out with the gift of 6 lidded frosted plastic electrical tape containers. The bottom of the first container is my NBUS item for this project. My daughter got them from the electricians at her work. The lids slide on and off so the top edges of the base and of the lid are smooth. It is fun to create something from an item that would have landed in the garbage! Recycle garbage...but still garbage.

I took off the lid and saved it for a future project. I covered the inside of the base with a die cut circle of white glitter paper and the outside edge with glitter washi tape.

Using snippets of additional white glitter paper, I created hills with my Stitched Lawn Fawn Hill die.
I then created a scene with snippets of inked up green card for my Sue Wilson Winter trees dies, and inked up kraft snippets with my NBUS Impression Obsession Deer die as well as a NBUS Recollections die. I used white acrylic paint to create snow on the trees and added some glitter to make a little sparkle. Then used the same paint for the white dots on the deer.

Punched two holes in the top edge and ran a fine silver ribbon through and tied it off in a bow. Now I have something to place a tree bauble hook through!

Made a frame by cutting out the inner circle of a Spellbinders scalloped die and slid an overhead projector clear sheet behind the frame to keep out dust. I threw in some small pearl beads to make this into a shaker ornament but will not do that again as they get stuck in the corners and in between the layers and I do not like the look of that.

Next time, I would do a few other things differently as well. It took way too much time to measure and cut the white glitter paper paper to fit the cylinder. In fact, the bottom circle of the scene does not quite fit. It is a smidgen too small,  hence the trapped pearl beads!

Next time, I would spray glue the cylinder disc inside and out and sprinkle glitter over it. That alone would save about 40 minutes of fiddling back and forth! I have plans for different designs to create  more of these recycled tree baubles, so will implement these new methods on those. Will post them soon as i finish creating! All crafty plans are now on hold till the tree is up and the outdoor lights get flung onto the shrubs...

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Christmas Card Club - mixed Media Theme
2. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets


MaryH said...

Oh My Goodness! How clever you are to see the possibilities in this great recycle piece! It's amazing, and so beautiful, with all the glitz. Love the winter forest scene - definitely Mixed Media to me! Great job, and I hope you had fun. I'm not great with Mixed Media either, but you surely WOW'd with this one! TFS & Hugs

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Wow! This was well worth all the time and effort you put into it, it's gorgeous and will look wonderful hanging on your tree. It's always so rewarding to create from something that would otherwise have been discarded and give it a new life. You have done a fabulous job of this mixed media theme for our challenge this week.

AlisonC said...

The result is very pretty in spite of your trials. It's good to know what pitfalls to avoid when someone else has made the mistakes! A lovely sparkly ornament for your new look.

Heidi Stamps said...

That is a lovely ornament! Very cute little scene. Although it was a lot of work, this creation you get to keep! Have a good day!

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love the pretty ornament and a great little scene too! Love all the glitter.

scrAPpamondo said...

Oh wow!! Such great recycling! Your ornament is so sweet and sparkling! Love the scene inside and the cute deers! The little beads look great, too! Well done!

cotnob said...

A beautiful Christmas ornament Maureen, you have created a pretty scene and I love all of the sparkle.
I have candy on my blog if you would like to take a look.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Jenny L said...

Hi Maureen,
oh my word this is gorgeous and such very clever re-cycling it looks very stunning and so beautiful.
I bet your door will lokk amazing when it's all finished.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Kathleen said...

Brilliant creation, who would believe this could be from a re-cycled electrical tape dispenser. Gorgeous. glittery and lovely images.
Kath x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

This is stunning Maureen, worth all of the hard work that it must have taken you.

Sue xx

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely gorgeous Mo, beautifully designed and glittered, love the little scene you've created, just fabulous imagination, well worth the effort I'd say, love it Kate x

Carol L said...

My hat's off to you for recycling such a simple throw-away into a great Christmas ornament! I LOVE all the sparkle and pearls and that great little scene you created within! This is just brilliant and oh so beautiful too!

Sandra H said...

Wow this is gorgeous x

Liz said...

This is stunning, Maureen! What a gorgeous project. xx

Greta said...

What a fun project & so clever using those containers that were headed for the recyling center! Glad you figured out some time savers so you can make more which I'll be waiting to see, Maureen!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Wonderful Mo, a very clever snippetty creation well done! Certainly using up things differently, fun plus!
Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Dr Sonia S V said...

OOoh what a beauty this is Maureen...hehe recylcing is at times tougher than making from scratch. Here is the name of the photo editing freeware : faststoneimage viewer

Dr Sonia

Di said...

Hi Mo, this is fascinating reading and what a fabulous result as well. Really beautiful! And wonderful of you to share with us in the Playground.


Di xx

Craftychris said...

Ooh this is so gorgeous! A sparkiliciously fab piece of recycling! xxx

Linby said...

Just love this - so sparkly too.