Monday, 3 December 2012

DT Project #1 By Lesley (Merry Christmas) Feat Carta Bella Christmas Day Collection and Hero Arts Believe Stamps (posted by Lesley)

Hello Snazzy Visitors 

and 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

This week is my last week to post projects for the wonderful Snazzys (aka Val and Don, the best bosses ever) for this year - Wow, how fast that has flown!  The DT have had some wonderful products to play with over the past 12 months and this pack is no different in that respect.  We were sent the wonderful paper collection by Carta Bella called Christmas Day, a set of stamps from Hero Arts caqlled  Believe and some seasonal Muse Tokens and here is my first offering of the week which I hope you all like.


I made a base from some thick mountboard I had in my stash by cutting two 12 x 4.75 inch pieces and gluing them back to back.  I then used one 12 x 12 sheet from the collection to wrap completely around the base and sanded all the edges.  I followed this with some random stamping first with Versamark using a Christmas script stamp.  I only inked the stamp roughly and didn't use an acrylic block but just curved the stamp roumd my fingers so that I only got a partial imprint.  I then heat embossed with embossing powder from my stash.  I then used the little strip of music stamp from last month's DT stamp set and stamped this with Black Soot Distress Ink having stamped off onto scrap first.


You can see the background stamping in the above closeup.



Although these lovely papers are quite a substantial weight, I wanted them a bit more rigid for my  lettering so I cut strips from a selection of 3 papers and adhered them to medium weight card before cutting out my letters using my Wordplay die.  I inked all the edges with Black Soot and arrranged them on my hanger.  I decided to raise some of the letters on 3D foam pads and adhere the rest flat using Cosmic Shimmer Glue.

I then stamped the Joy and Peace stamps onto ivory card using Black Versafine and cut them out with a circle die, inked the edges with Black Soot and Aged Mahogany DI and then triple embossed with Snazzys clear embossing powder.  This has a lovely gloss finish but I couldn't get it to show on the pics.  In fact, taking photos was a bit of a nightmare because of the awful weather :-(.    I diecut the motif and mounted the discs on 3D foam pads to the centres before attaching them to the hanger, again with 3D foam.  I used one of the Muse Tokens as the 'dot' for the letter i.


Finally I punched holes with my Crop-a-dile, made the hanger out of wire making some spirals so that the ribbon and lace would stay in place and added the little bells on some waxed thread.

I really enjoyed making this project and hope it has put you in a Christmassy mood.  Finally, don't forget if you would like to be in with a chance of winning this month's DT pack of goodies go leave a comment HERE to be placed in the random draw at the end of the month. 

Please call back later in the week when I will have another project to share with you. 

Till then




20 comments:

Minxy said...

Delightful 1st project, love the different papered letters and use of stamps x

Suzanne C said...

What a lovely Holiday Banner! Beautiful frames. Sweet design!

Debbie said...

A lovely project Lesley. I love the colours and the letters look fab with the different papers. Debbie

Beryl said...

Lesley this is fabulous. I don't go in much for decorations but this has inspired me to try something similar to hang in the front window (think it would get a bit damp on the front door where it would be best. Of course I haven't got this kit but will see what I can come up with using the bits I've got. Thank you for the inspiration.
Beryl xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning Leslie, those papers are really lush and I love how you have mounted the stamped sentiments on the dies, it looks stunning, - great hanger!

Paula (PEP) said...

I keep seeing these colours in use & have to say I do love them even though I'd not ever have thought of using them for Christmas. I love the way you have used those two die-cut motifs to frame the words of Peace & Joy & the way your little lace bow picks up on the decorative laciness inherent in the die-cuts. The background stamping & construction in itself is most interesting.
Paula (PEP)

Rita said...

Absolutely Stunning Lesley. This is a real work of art and the colours are beautiful. I love it. Hugs Rita xx

Paula Whittaker said...

super project Lesley.

snazzyoriginal said...

Lovely project, amazing how you have transformed the stamps into wonderful embellishments with the Triple Layer Embossing and Spellbinders xx

snazzyoriginal said...

The Headmaster has just opened your happy mail and all I can stutter is oh wow, wow, WOW! Those embellies are even more stuinning IRL xx

Netty said...

Loving your fab winter hanging Lesley, such wonderful lush colourings and beautiful adornments. x

Helen said...

It looks just great!!

butterfly said...

Completely gorgeous, Lesley! Love the rich reds with cream, and those decorated letters look amazing - I love the dark edging you've given them. Gorgeous stamping onto the paper too - love the whole thing!
Alison x

inkypinkycraft said...

a great festive make trace x

Redanne said...

What an absolutely stunning door hanging, love the colours you have used and the wordplay die cut letters look fabulous. Hugs, Anne x

Craftychris said...

ooh this is gorgeous! xx

Aquarius said...

This is a gorgeous door hanger for the festive Season - love the colouring of the papers and the embossing powder.

Gillian .... said...

Lovely 1st project Lesley, really like the colour combo to this project, love the stamp within the snowflake die too. xx

Barb Cady said...

Brilliant! Just brilliant! I love the colours too! x

Elaine said...

Great project my lovely friend. I hope playing with this has helped you get in the festive mood a little. Just love those smashing letters, the die cut, stamping and well everything really! Elaine xxx