Dec 16, 2011

Fran*tage Friday: Season's Greetings Decor

Hi there!

I'm honored to join PaperCraft Planet for this week's Stampendous Fran*tage Friday!  I was given Saint Nick and Old World Greetings cling rubber stamp sets to design a Christmas project to share with you this week. I began working with the beautiful vintage St. Nick focal image, first stamping it in Memento Cocoa ink on cream card stock and then colored with Copics.  Then, I shaded the entire cream paper with Distress Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap for some added depth.  After the ink dried, I used a texture folder from Sizzix for Stampin Up - my favorite 'faux' fabric one.  (Not sure of the name though, since I'm not a demo, sorry!)  Then, I stitched the cream paper to  some brown and then red card stock.

I'm sorry I don't have step by step photos of the completion of the project, but it would be quite easy to recreate, since the St. Nick focal image is a card front (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") which I adhered to a 5 1/2" square piece of patterned paper.  Then, I stitched the panel to a kraft die cut from the largest Spellbinder Labels 1 Grand nestability.

Card Details
Stamps: Old World Greetings; Saint Nick (Stampendous)
Ink: Cocoa Memento for stamps; Distress Antique Linen & Frayed Burlap for distressing & shading
Cardstock: Neenah cream; Stampin Up solid; Echo Park Season's Greetings 6x6 patterned paper
Other: sewing machine; Spellbinder Poinsettia, leaf and Grand Label 1 dies; Basic Grey buttons; Twine from The Twinery; Stampin Up texture folder; Copic markers

Originally, I was planning on having this be a Christmas card, but after I finished the card front, it seemed too special to just stop there, so I decided to add it to the largest Label One die cut to create a 'frame' or 'plaque' of some sorts... I guess I'm not sure what to call it exactly!  Since the rectangle card front didn't fit quite the way I wanted it to (I don't like empty space very well), I thought the Spellbinder Poinsettia (retired) and foliage dies would be a nice counter balance to the focal image.  After die cutting the flowers, I ran them through the same texture folder and then shaded them with Distress Frayed Burlap ink.

After finishing the front, I had to come up with a way for it to stand up - since I wanted it to be a 'frame' of sorts.  So, I cut a 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" strip of thick white card stock to use as an 'easel'.  I scored it at @ 1" and then covered it with some more Echo Park Christmas paper.  I added it to the back of my project with Mono Multi Liquid glue... I LOVE that stuff!  It's my favorite adhesive for 3D projects like this that I'm not exactly sure how will turn out.  ScorTape is awesome too, but I prefer the liquid mono multi glue since I can 'slide' it around a bit while I'm figuring it all out and then once I leave it alone it's NOT moving at all after it dries.

Now, for the fun part!  Leave a comment on the PaperCraft Planet Blog post HERE for your chance to win a very generous prize package from Stampendous in honor of Fran*tage Friday!  You have until Thursday at midnight, Eastern Time. After that, we’ll pick a winner through and announce the name on the next Fran*tage Friday.

Good luck!
Thanks to our good friends at Stampendous for sponsoring this event!

Have a great Friday!


Colleen Holmes said...

Gorgeous and beautiful!! Love the image and the paper is divine! The frayed burlap really gives it character!! Hugz

Debbie said...

Jessica this is gorgeous!! These images are fantastic!! I need to get these for next year's Christmas cards. I love the use of burlap and those flowers!! Oh my!! You have me so wanting to create this right now!! TFS!!

Debbie B

MaxineD said...

Jessica this is fabulous - love that texture, and I think it is called Square Lattice. How inspired to put the poinsettia petals through the same folder!


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