Christmas Canvas and Super Star Layout
By Sue Smyth
This month as we head towards Christmas I have made a dimensional
canvas from cheap children's wooden blocks.
(be sure to check out Decembers post to see what I did
with the rest of the blocks)
I have used Imaginarium Chipboard to alter the fronts of some of
the blocks to spell out Merry Christmas and
other appropriate words.
Some of the blocks have been cut in half with a saw for a
lower profile and give a variety of dimension.
I have tucked some red wood fibre along the sides
to hide the gap between the blocks and the
Cover some blocks with small squares of scrap patterned paper
and use buttons and small decorations to add to blocks
that do not have an alpha on them
I have reversed the canvas and arrange the blocks inside the cavity
then adhered them in place with strong glue.
When dry I have painted with gesso and sprayed
with Red Dylusions or similar
Then cover with spray adhesive and sprinkle liberally
with white glitter.
Decorate as above.
We all love a good boy page, so this month I have made a layout
about my middle child who is quite the rock star.(well in his mind anyway )
He is talented with the guitar and I wanted to capture his
first performance in a layout.
By placing the arched window over the photo I
am directing the viewer to notice the middle of
the photo where the face and guitar is.
Add the Super Star title and of course lots
of gold embossed stars and you have your own Super Star layout.
I have covered the title with dimensional magic and black glitter.
Glitter comes in wonderful colours these days and is
under rated as a medium
Here I have added a splot of distress ink for an
enamel red arrow to sit.
I have used a bright red Utee to get that gorgeous glossy colour.
Emboss stars with a variety of gold powders for a great variation in colours
To emboss the arch I have randomly applied embossing fluid, sprinkled with
an aged gold embossing powder and heat set.
Once cool rub over black in to cover the areas that the
powder has missed. Wipe off excess ink with a wet wipe.
Some candid shots of my work space
I need to have all of my materials where I can see them
so I remember where they are! So I store the majority of
my things in clear glass jars including my ribbons.
I have a huge corkboard which I pin layouts onto, and I
have just added the white cane bird cage for displaying
small items. I like to display my work to keep me
All of my punches and dies, again I like to see them to
be inspired as I work
Other side of my garage( it is a 2 car garage) are 2 banks of book shelves
with papers, projects and books in them
My three tables are usually only clean in
between projects and classes, never during them lol
My newest purchase was this multi drawed cabinet
which holds all of my tools and then some.
Each draw is labeled and though I cannot
see the tools, the labels work well for me. And
it makes putting away so much easier.
I hope you enjoyed seeing a little of my works space
I think it is important to have it as creative as you can,
to inspire you all of the time.
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