Thursday, 4 September 2008

Santa's Lap!

It must be something about the unseasonably cold weather and the nights starting to draw in - I keep wanting to make Christmas things!

I love this Santa stamp and wanted to make something with a bit longer life than a Christmas card so that I can bring him out each year! The canvas is 8" x 8" with torn cardstock stuck at top left and the gold circle painted directly onto the canvas with acrylic paint. I stamped Santa and the little boy onto smooth cardstock and coloured them with Prismacolor Pencils then cut the image out and stuck over the gold circle. I wanted to retain the artist's initials though so I inked just that part of the stamp and stamped directly onto the canvas before I stuck Santa into position. I used the edge of the inkpad to apply a little ink directly under the image to ground it a bit.

Here's a little bit of trivia for you: this image originally appeared as a cover for the Saturday Evening Post in 1923. The SEP enjoys iconic status in America and is the subject of many a fond recollection (it stopped publishing in 1969). The artist for this image was J C Leyendecker.

I dusted off Mr CraftRobo (he's been a little neglected since I discovered stamping) and cut the word Christmas in a nice cursive font. I added some Glossy Accents to give a raised finish. The word merry is chipboard letters that have been inked and dry brushed with gold acrylic paint.

I guess everything else is obvious, lots of ink and sponging, some Prima flowers and a brad. The red velour fabric is tacked onto the frame with small nails to hold it in that kind of ruched way.

If you have a computerised cutter that uses gsd files and you would like the welded word Christmas, just send me a message and I will happily send you the file for your personal use.

TFL, hope you enjoyed your visit today.

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Stamps: Santa's Lap (Saturday Evening Post line), Aged Sheet Music Scrapblock™ (Cornish Heritage Farms)

Ink: Fired Brick, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo - Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger, Vintage Sepia and Onyx Black Versafine by Tsukineko

Paper: smooth white

Other: 8x8" canvas, Prima flowers, crystal brad (Making Memories), Prismacolor and Lyra Skintone pencils/OMS/stump, velour fabric, white satin ribbon, chipboard letters (Maya Road), metallic gold acrylic paint

Tools: sponge, Craftrobo

17 comments:

hazel said...

lovely canvas
Joanne

hazel

Jennifer Roach said...

This is GORGEOUS Joanne!

Suzie said...

Oh that is gorgeous Joanne! You're making me feel all festive! lol

shel9999 said...

W-O-W!! This is amazing, Joanne! Absolutely a treasure!

Hazel said...

This has come together so well, Joanne - something to enjoy for many years to come - it's great.

Janice said...

A real work of art Joanne, beautiful stamp and I love the musical paper.

Beth said...

It's quite simply WONDERFUL Joanne. You have created something warm and very festive, but something quite different and will definately be worth the wait each year to bring it out of the loft each Christmas. XX

Traceyr said...

Joanne I see you managed to find an 8 x 8 canvas and boy haven't you done a grand job of decorating it. It is absolutely stunning.

Well done you. No wonder companies are signing you up as a designer.

Traceyr :)

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

This is amazing Joanne! I LOVE everything about it ... especially how the Santa image dimension! Looks awesome!!

Andrea said...

its just superb, great detail and a wonderful piece to display every year x

Karen said...

WOW Joanne...this is stunning!!!! You have inspired me my lovely X

cards4u said...

Another amazing piece of artwork!! Once things get settled in at the homefront I'm going to have to step out of the cardbox : ) Thanks for all the inspiration you provide!!

Marisa said...

This is just lovely Joanne. You just reminded me that by the time you know it, Christmas will be just around the corner. Gotta start making my Christmas stuff. Now back to your piece of aRT. You have colored that stamped image to perfection. Great distressing. And pardon my ignorance, but what exactly is a Robocraft. Never heard of it before. I am assuming it is some kinda Die cutting machine. Great Christmas word cut out.

Marisa

Kathy said...

This is just fantastic, I love it

Mariangeles M said...

Beautiful project!

Bellawhoop said...

Wow, this is just beautiful! I love your altered canvas. What a gorgeous piece to keep for many years!

KAT said...

Love this - what a great piece of art to get out every year! This would make a great gift!!!