Monday, November 26, 2012
Christmas Collage Gift #1
I wanted to try my hand at making a Christmas collage. Basically, this process was part card making and part picture design that could be used as a display on a bedside table during the holidays.
It was important that the design used many elements and had a lot of dimension in the finished product.
Finally, I wanted to then take these designs, and put them in ornate frames to give as presents.
I fell in love with this vintage postcard. The artist is Ellen Clapsaddle, born in NY during the Civil War years, who created postcard designs depicting precious children. I had collected many of her other holiday postcards throughout the years. Since I was making this particular gift for close girlfriends, I found this picture very appropriate. This could also be used as gifts for sisters too.
The first thing I did was pulled a piece of red gingham scrapbook paper. This was the bottom layer. I then trimmed out the vintage postcard and placed that onto the right side. At the bottom of the piece, I layered a holly and music themed scrapbook paper. Using decorative scissors, I trimmed the top of this sheet.
The next element I added was dimensional holly. I found a Christmas card similar to this which showed a vintage depiction of holly. I cut the image of the holly out and added some holly berries here and there. Then, I glued and glittered some of the areas of the berries using red glass glitter to create shadows.
A piece of ornate gold fabric trim was placed on the upper portion of the card.
I printed off the words Joyeux Noel on a sheet of crackled scrapbook paper . This was glued to the garage sale tag.
Using red and white baker's twine, I made a knot through the hole of the tag.
Using foam adhesive dots underneath allowed the tag to become dimensional.
Once the design was completed, I purchased an ornate distressed black frames at Hobby Lobby at a 50% discount.
Once the design was placed into the frame, the whole picture came alive.
I find that the gifts made by hand also allow me design a piece uniquely for very special friends and family. Why don't you try your hand at creating your own holiday collage?