Saturday 6 December 2014

Festive Home Decor Tutorial

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Hi Everyone, Winter is well and truly here now and Christmas another week closer, this has helped inspire me for my DT post at Cheery Lynn Designs this week.
Have you ever thought of die cutting your Dies using cereal boxes to make little chipboard shapes, painting, inking and making a Festive Home Decor project ? Well, I hope to inspire you today to try this and show you one of the reasons, why I have such a passion for Cheery Lynn Dies, through this step by step tutorial. I will go in depth explaining mixed media with your dies, so grab yourself a cuppa and I hope you enjoy my post.

I picked up a chipboard frame ( 10 x 8 Inches ) in a craft bargain store and next selected a variety of dies to use on my picture. I cut them out from a cereal box using the addition of my metal shim. I only needed to go forward and back once through my die cutting machine. Look how clear and precise even the most intricate of dies have cut out, hassle free.

Once I decided on my placement I glued all my die cuts in place, using Multi Medium Matte underneath and on top of the die cuts to make sure totally sealed in place. You will also notice I have cut some of the snowflakes in halves or quarters. I also layered up my Holly and Merry Christmas twice. This will become apparent why later on.

Once your glue has had time to dry, give your frame a coat of Gesso, this helps to seal it all, ready for inking. I went around the edges of my die cuts with a small brush to get into every corner, but I like to use a baby wipe on the bigger areas as this doesn't leave brush marks and you get a smoother result.

While I was waiting on this drying, I started on my background. I used a piece of Black Bazzill Bling to give the shimmer of a frosty sky. I cut out a circle, instead of my snowflake I had placed earlier, inked the edges of my moon with Iced Spruce and sprinkled some Chunky White Frantage on both pieces of cardstock heating them from underneath to melt.

I also cut out Icicles and Snowflakes in white 300gsm card, using my metal shim. I like to use a thicker card when applying inks or paints and Cheery Lynn dies slice through this weight of cardstock like butter. I then placed into a cardboard box, right side up and sprayed with glue. Lifting them out and placing them onto a piece of paper I poured an Extra Fine Glitter over them and pressed onto my die cuts.

My row of houses I cut out 5 times with cereal boxes, gluing 3 together and another 2 together. I placed a book on top of them until dry. You will notice I cut the tree off the end on one set and not on the other. This is so the houses will sit inside my frame and then outside for a 3d effect. I applied glitter in the same way to my houses. Once dry I edged the icicles and house with Iced Spruce Distress. See how it now defines the glittered die cuts.

I coloured a strip of acetate and placed in between my house layers for an illusion of lights on .

My Frame I wanted to look like a snowstorm, so I placed it in a Cat Litter Tray I bought to use as my spray booth and started to spritz Distress Spray stains on - Pumice Stone, Iced Spruce and Brushed Pewter. I kept spritzing layers and drying in between with my heat gun until I was happy with the result. Whilst still damp I sprinkled on some Glitter Frosting.

Please be patient and make sure your frame is thoroughly dry before starting to dry brush on some Gesso. The cereal packaging holds dampness for a while and even though dry to the touch it may damp through your layers. I used an old paint brush I never clean deliberately, to add a little light and texture. Also using a soft brush to dry brush white paint over my die cut snowflakes to highlight.

Next I used my waste piece from cutting out my snowflakes as a stencil, picking up a little Gesso with a baby wipe and dabbing on my frame.

Santa and his Reindeer were cut out twice. I coloured with Copics and put Gesso on his beard and hair. I used a coffee stirrer stick to give a little height between them both for a 3d effect.

Finally, starting to glue all my layers in place. You will notice, some are glued in the frame and the others out.

Can you see the glossy accents I added to my icicles to give a cold wet look.

Do you see I have now added glitter to the antlers of my Reindeer and Rudolph is at the front of the sleigh. You will also notice some Glossy Accents on Santa's Sleigh and Reindeer's collars along with a little sparkle under his sleigh.

A mixture of Polar White Flower Soft and Glitter frosting were added to my roofs and slopes for more interest.

I finally added my white glittered Snowflakes and rubbed a little Treasure Gold in White Fire and Silver onto my Frame. My Holly And Merry Christmas I rubbed only with the gold. The reason for 2 die cut layers was so it would stand out more prominent to my Snowflakes and also I wanted the gilding wax to be clear on these areas and not rub on the background.

And now for a final Look -  remember to click on the image to enlarge.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and are now feeling inspired to use your dies in this way. I'd love to hear your feed back.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend.

Julie x

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  1. Good morning Julie from a cold and frosty Surrey. Your wall hanging is just gorgeous, so many wonderful details. I love what you did to the icicles and that you coloured santa and his sleight. As you well know I also love Cheery Lynn die as they do cut so well and are so detailed. What started as cereal boxes has turned into a little work of art. Fabulous! Thanks for sharing your process, I always love seeing and sharing how we create things. Keep snug and enjoy the countdown to Christmas, hugs xx

  2. Wow Julie ! I want this in my home !!!
    Georgous !

  3. Hello Julie.
    Cheery Lynn would be thrilled with how you have used their dies, this is a Wow from me, from the snowflakes to the icicles, the scene is fantastic and the hanging is very festive.
    Adding the Black as a bg creates much drama.
    Thank you for joining us this month at The Mirror Crack'd.

  4. Wow Julie, what an amazing project! I bet this just glitters like crazy in real life! Love the punch of colour with Santa and his sleigh! Just fabulous texture and shimmer, wow! hugs :)

  5. Amazing details Julie on this stunning project - just love the texture and fab icicles! Nxxx

  6. WOW Oh my this is WONDERFUL Julie!! The details are amazing,it's so beautiful and wintery. No wonder you love these dies, you show them all off so perfectly. Brilliant step by step guide too,really clear.

    This must go up as part of your Christmas decorations :)

    Extra big hugs
    Donna xxx

  7. Hello Julie,Wow what is that nicely made.Nice and fun model.
    really a beautiful creation.
    Hugs Doris

  8. I love your project! Thank you too for the great tutorial!! Awesome job, a must do!!

  9. A very creative project and I love what you've done with those dies. It really does deserve to be on display this Christmas!
    Thanks so much for joining us at the Artist Trading Post Exchange.

  10. Fabulous piece Julie, love how it turned out!

  11. A beautiful Christmas project, great use of those dies. Thank you for sharing it with us at the ATP Exchange this time.

  12. Hi Julie,
    You have inspired me, thank you so much for sharing this! In the Christmas vacation I wil make a mixed media, and this great tutprial will help me, to do this! It looks so winters and so beautifull, wouw I love it!
    have a nice weekend....Gerie

  13. Wonderfully layered creation! WOW, it all looks like a lot of time was put into this. Great tutorial too. Love that Santa and reindeer! Brilliant!!!! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie! Nicole

  14. absolutely gorgeous Julie.......such a fab tutorial and I adore the techniques and finished piece............a stunning keepsake

    Thanks for sharing with us at ATP Exchange this fortnight
    Hugs Annie x

  15. Great project and lovely results. Thanks for joining in at the mirror crack'd
    and happy crafting, Angela R. x

  16. Beautiful project Julie ! The texture you've created is fabulous ! Thanks for joining us at ATP Exchange. Sue C x

  17. Oooh what a beauty Julie. Love each and every bit of it
    Dr Sonia
    My latest post: How I repaired my Big Shot

  18. How gorgeous, Julie - that frame looks completely stunning with the spritzing you've given it, and I love those tiny snow-covered houses sparkling in the moonlight. Wonderful!
    Alison xx

  19. Wonderful ideas a lovely designs.

    Hugs diane

  20. Seriously Julie, who knew cereal boxes could look this fantastic! Absolutely LOVE the frame and of course your beautiful Christmas skyline. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  21. Such work and detail goes into all your projects Julie and this is no exception, a stunning piece of home decor! Ruth x

  22. Hello JuliThank you so much for joining us this month at CVC,- NOSTALIC CHRISTMAS. Your card is gorgeous and the design is stunning with that Bow.

  23. This is gorgeous. Love the dies and the way you use them. Thanks for sharing with us at Sugar Creek Hollow.
    Amelia (DT Sugar Creek Hollow)

  24. I would love to try this it is beautiful! Maybe next year.

  25. This is a beautiful piece; I saw it on Frilly and Funky. Thanks for showing us how you created it.

  26. This is gorgeous. So much fabulous detail. Wonderful pictorial display of how it came together too!

    Thanks for sharing this beauty with us

    The Mirror Crack'd

  27. Hi Julie, I've emailed you about your GD spot with Frilly and Funkie, just want to check you've received it.
    Sue C


Thanks for visiting, I love to read your comments so I know you have stopped by and look forward to visiting your blog.

Julie x


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