Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My May Arts & Graphic 45 Project

Here is my project for the May Arts ribbon and Graphic 45 Blog hop. I decided to do a frame, so that my ribbon would be on the outside and become a feature. In a precious life I did paper tole for 12 years. I was even selling to David Jones Australia wide. They were buying Peter Rabbit paper tole framed pictures and selling them in their baby department. I love the images on Graphic 45's new Christmas papers. The Christmas Emporium print with the children looking in at the window is priceless. I decide to do a paper tole picture using this print. This means I need 6-7 prints of the same paper.


 When I start designing, I normally know whether it will be a layout or an off the page project but I don't always have an idea of what the finished piece will look like. I tend to lay all the papers and embellishments in front of me and just start cutting. But as I knew it was going to be a paper tole piece, I knew it would have to go into a shadow box frame.
 Last year on someones blog I saw the idea to use the back of a canvas. So whoever you are thanks very much! I sprayed mine black with spray paint, just in case some of the white shows.


 The first layer needed to be the children in the background. I used two prints to do them. I always like to add another head on people and of course the little hand up against the window needed to go on again. I used a lot of foam tape to create a space between the children layer and the room layer and to support the acetate sheet (window).
The next layer was the room with the window removed and the floor bent up.
 I cut four pieces of print paper the depth of the frame and the width of the frame with mitred corners and folded and glued them to cover the inside and outside of the canvas.

 Then the fun starts. Each layer needs to be added. Father Christmas needs to be built up. He is sitting on his sack. I added another head, then the hand holding the feather. The hand and book also when on again, along with the journal on this lap

 The Christmas tree was done in two layers but lots of pieces. I added stickels to give it a sparkling look as well as a glow to all the candles.
Once the Tree was done I started working on all the toys underneath it and around it.
I used one of the Prima vines and added some Green Tara flowers to make it more christmasy.

 Then it was time to work on my flower. I cut May Arts ribbon into 25cm lengths and folded them in half. At the fold end I got a lenth of thread and wrapped it around and around to form a point. At the cut ends I ran a gathering thread and pulled it up tight. They kinda look like pointsettas, don't they.

 Using some more May Arts ribbon I did loops of greeny gold ribbon and added it over the top of the pointsetta petals. I am loving the metal flowers from Graphic 45 so I used one for the center of my flower with one of their brads.
May Arts also sent me some Velvet ric rac which I used on the inside of the frame to finish it off. I also cut lots of the holly shapes from the print paper and folded them and glued them in at the top of the picture. The frame is from Imaginarium Designs sprayed black and it really finished off the project.
It looks like a lot of work but it only took me 4-5 hours.
I have another Chrismas project to share later on. Don't forget to visit the other design team members blogs and leave a comment on mine to go into the draw to win a prize.
Thanks for Looking
Jane

102 comments:

  1. Your attention to detail is awesome, this is a beautiful Christmas Frame!

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  2. I love the canvas idea, too! Your work is just wonderful!

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  3. Wow Jane, this is brilliant! Is there anything you can't do with paper?? *hugz*

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  4. You are so talented. I would love to display that.

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  5. Oh my! Such an incredible work of art and so much patience. Really a joy to look at all the details. Thank you,

    Farley Cross

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  6. Thanks for the idea about substituting the back of a canvas for a shadow box. Your work is amazing.

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  7. Gosh! Such intricate details. Love it. I must learn more about this paper toile technique!! Thanks so much for sharing your creative insight.

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  8. That is a work of art and love! Beautiful. Love the idea of using the back side of canvas as a shadow box. Very clever.

    alisa

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  9. Love the detail cutting done.. Good one..

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  10. Gorgeous and what beautiful detail :)

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  11. It's just breathtaking! Amazingly beautiful!

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  12. WOW WOW Jane this is stunning... what a fantastic idea..totally awesome, love all the details :)

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  13. Love all the vintagy goodness of this project!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Absolutely breathtaking. It is wonderful.

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  15. Wow so I see I am going to have to learn to do this. Beautiful project. TFS
    Debbie
    http://craftywizard.blogspot.com
    debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

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  16. This is absolutely incredible and beautiful. BTW love the canvas shadow box tip

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  17. Jane you are amazing! So much detail...Gorgeous!

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  18. This is beautiful--I used to do these years ago too.

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  19. Another stunning project Jane. You never fail to delight... Hugs x

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  20. Whoa, Jane. What a great project. You never disappoint me~
    SuZeQ ~ kosec@sbcglobal.net

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  21. OH MY GOSH!!! This is absolutely, utterly amazing. WOW......

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  22. Jane, LOVE LOVE LOVE all your little details, and all that layering! WOW!! Simply gorgeous!!

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  23. Wow, it looks like you took forever!!! Love the holly and all your detail work! You did an amazing job!!

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  24. WOW! Absolutely beautiful... lots of detail work! Thank you for sharing your creation with all of us :-)

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  25. WOW!! This is BEAUTIFUL!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  26. This is so fabulous! I love the built up shadow box so much. I must make one if I have time.

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  27. I never thought of making a shadow box with a scene in it. Usually the trinkets from travel-type shadow box. This is a cool idea.

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  28. Oh my goodness...this is amazing! That tree is fabulous...so detailed!

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  29. This is a wonderful little treasure. I love the image and all the great detail you used to create. Thanks for sharing such great Holiday FUn.

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  30. WOW... i mean WOW!!! This is amazing! how awesome thanks so much for sharing! I'd try to make something this cool but I know I would fail horribly lol.
    -jamie
    babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

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  31. Wow, gorgeous and such a great idea using the back of the canvas!

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  32. Wow is that ever beautiful!! Totally inspiring! Thank you...

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  33. My goodness, I can't even imagine how much time and effort went into this lovely piece of art.

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  34. Wow love your project it is beaustiful! thanks for sharing.
    Hugz
    Pam

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  35. Stunning! Just gorgeous!
    Pam
    panutting at gmail dot com

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  36. Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for the many ideas that I now have screaming in my head. Can't wait to play!

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  37. Beautiful intricate work! This must take such a lot of time and focus!

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  38. Your shadow box art is just amazing. So stunning and you are a true artist. Gorgeous flowers. These papers are amazing as is all your cutting. Thanks for sharing. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  39. what a labor of love. you did a wonderful job.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  40. It's really gorgeous. I admire the patience it took and the skill!

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  41. Beautiful project. Reminds me of paper tole. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. What a wonderful project!! You did an awesome job. I absolutely love the mega layered look. TFS

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  43. I just love this Christmas scene. The layering is fabulous.

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  44. Absolutely incredible, Jane! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  45. That's beautiful. So many little extras. And honestly it would take me at least twice that long to make as I'm very slow at cutting.

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  46. This was so worth the wait!!! It is absolutely stunning!!!!!!!!

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  47. This is beautiful, and sure to be a treasured keepsake.

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  48. Wow! You really bring the paper to life!

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  49. This is just amazing. You got so much dimension, it's really a piece of art. I just LOVE the tree!

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  50. Wow, what an AMAZING project! Love the shadowbox look! I am definitely saving this, to work on after the holiday when things are quiet! Thanks for a great idea!

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  51. I love, love, love this project. I've done some of this 3D papercraft so I know how much work went into it!!! Gorgeous! LynzCraftz.

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  52. Wow this is amazing. I would have never thought to flip a painting canvas over and use the back. Very pretty.

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  53. I just love it!!! I have to go out and get the materials to do the same!

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  54. Absolutely Amazing!

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  55. Cute idea - I want to copy using a family picture for similar affect. Thanks for the inspiration. Mary Werner

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  56. I love, love, love it! will be making this! I really like the idea of using a canvas! Thanks for sharing!

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  57. This is magnificent! Such gorgeous papers. Love all the detail you added.

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  58. Your project is so beautiful and professional looking! I am so amazed at all the details and layers to create such depth. A work of art!
    Thank you for sharing a glimpse into how you created it. :)

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  59. So gorgeous, I love all of the layering!!

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  60. Beautiful. I'll never look at a piece of paper the same again. Now I'll be looking to see the 3d images in it. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration.

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  61. Monica Carlton (aka: Monkala)December 14, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Your Project is stunning. Love the idea of kids looking into window. Very, very beautiful. Thanks for sharing how you layered the pieces.

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  62. This is simply gorgeous! I love, love paper tole!! Having done several myself, I can truly appreciate this work of art! Thanks for sharing!

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  63. i am in awe of your creative talents. your project is both beautiful and delightful to look at. thanks for sharing.

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  64. O my gosh. I'm almost lost for words. How beautiful is this. The detail is amazing. Love the idea of using the back of the canvas. Thank you for sharing this great project.

    Love Marianne

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  65. Oh my goodness, it's just gorgeous!!! I did Paper Tole over 20 yrs ago, you've got me wanting to do it again, thank you!

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  66. oh my gosh, this is just fantastic. I am in awe of the work and detail in this project :-)

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  67. Your shadow box is fabulous, love the 3D effect, very inspiring.

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  68. Jane what a beautiful project! So detailed and unique. I love the idea of velvet ric rac. G45 and May Arts-----a winning combination

    Mary

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  69. This is gorgeous! Love the tip about using the back of a canvas! That was new to me and I really appreciate all the detail you took the time to explain -- you rock!

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  70. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this. G45 has lots of images that can be layered like this, but will I have the patience for doing it? It will take me more than 5 hours. Maybe I should start with a tag.

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  71. Beautiful frame. Love the dimension. Outstanding.
    Christmas blessings,
    Peggy

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  72. Thanx for presenting my christmas present :D :D Serious, I love to work in 3D and this is one of the best works that I ever saw! <3

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  73. That is an absolutely beautiful Project! So much detail!

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  74. Oh my, this is gorgeous! I was thinking of using this same paper to frame. :)

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  75. I've been going from Wednesday to Monday catching up and your shadowbox is my most favorite project yet! Thank you SO much for sharing the how to! Love to be inspired by professionals like you.

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  76. I have seen many uses of this Graphic 45 paper but this has to be my favorite. You did an amazing job on this. janiceaeschliman.blogspot.com

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  77. Oh Mercy... you have given me a GREAT tutorial on an altered frame...

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent...

    Blessings in this Holiday Season...

    Karen
    http://www.facebook.com/karen.bahit

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  78. Amazing details - wow!! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  79. Wow! I love the idea of using the inside of a canvas! Never thought of that, always use the outside, next one will be in. I almost always paint my canvas black before starting so that the "white" doesn't peek through. Your work of art is fabulous! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work. Blessings for you and yours for the upcoming Holidays :)

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  80. Hi Jane. This frame is absolutely amazing, you did a beautiful job. I am always excited to see what you come up with next.

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  81. I love the frame. Reminds me of childhood, merriment and whimsy. Has a very heirloom feel to it. amazing.

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  82. Lovely project......it is so beautiful.

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  83. Incredible project and keepsake!
    Sheila

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  84. What a fantastic treasure!! I'm sure it will be cherished for many years. I love paper tole.

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  85. A beautiful project. It just screames "I'm a keeper". I have that paper and now I have a project to go with it. Thanks for Sharing. Merry Christmas.

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  86. Beautiful beautiful project!!! I love it !!!!!

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  87. This is still the most creative thing I've ever seen, Jane. You are a rock goddess! Hugs.

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  88. Wonderful project with amazing details! Thanks for sharing!

    Louise C.
    Canada

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