This Christmas Toy Shop is one of the pieces I recently designed for Alpha Stamps. In the picture above you see the outside of the shop.
INSIDE - CENTER
The picture above is of the inside of the shop. The base of the toy shop is made from a chipboard square shrine that you can find at Alpha Stamps.
FRONT – CENTER
The background made from decorative paper that I stamped and embossed with snow patterns. I added white flocking powder to the base to simulate snow.
The inserts in the door are made of embossed glass slides. Click here to see a tutorial on how to emboss and paint glass. Behind the glass is a German Scrap Christmas Tree. The door is embellished with fold over bails and small fluer connectors.
The nutcrackers are embellished with white flocking powder and glitter.
FRONT – LEFT SIDE
FRONT – RIGHT SIDE
To create the bay windows I glued together three Masonite gothic windows. Alpha Stamps sells these and they come in a set of 12 windows with 3 different designs.
I added chipboard to the bottom and the top of the windows for support and to provide a surface for the toys inside the window. I used white flocking powder and Twinklets Diamond Dust to create the impression of snow and icicles.
To create the awnings, I covered a piece of chipboard with candy cane paper then added antique brass leaves as hardware.
Alternative Idea for Awnings
Another way you can create awnings is by using a decorative paper edge punch. First punch the patterned paper, then punch multiple pieces of cardstock. Glue all the pieces together to create a sturdy decorative awning.
TREESI used four mat board trees. I first painted them silver then coated them with Twinklets Diamond Dust.
INSIDE THE TOY SHOP
Alpha Stamps carries several paper theater collage sheets. The sheets have lots of curtains and pediments. I used the images on these sheets to build up the background inside of the Toy Shop and for pediments both inside and outside of the shop.
INSIDE - CENTER
To create the shelves that are holding the toys, I used the inserts that pop out of the gothic windows. I glued them together, painted them gold and glued them to the walls.
I constructed a table using chipboard and added brass feet to the front. The backside is glued to the wall. I used images from the Alpha Stamps Slide Mailer/Shrine Stages collage sheet to cover the table. I trimmed the front with Christmas bulb garland.
I made the base of the wreath by wrapping gold wired tinsel around a chipboard circle.
INSIDE SHOP – RIGHT SIDE (Bears)
All of the images of people, toys, balloons, Santa, the Christmas Tree, Nutcrackers, sleigh etc. are all backed with cardstock to make them sturdy. I run the images through a Xyron machine to apply a coating of adhesive. I then stick the images to cardstock. To add dimension, I used double stick foam core tape to attach all of the images to the walls, the shelves and to the kiosks.
The kiosks came about because once I filled up the walls with images, I found there was more I wanted to add and I was out of room. I also wanted to give the shop even more dimension and make it feel like a real store. So I decided to add the kiosks. They are not attached to anything so they can be moved around or function as a standalone piece.
The packages are made of wooden blocks I purchased at the craft store and are covered in decorative paper. The post holding the balloons is a wooden dowel covered in the same candy cane paper as the awnings in the front of the shop.
To create the bases of the kiosks, I used clear plastic craft containers. You can find them in craft stores and online. They come in a stack of four. There is no special reason why I chose these containers. I knew what I wanted to do and I just rummaged around my studio until I found something that would work.
I used one container (without the lid) for each kiosk. Around the base of the containers I glued strips of children and cats images that can be found on the Alpha Stamps Fairy Tale Curtains collage sheet. Next, I added a chipboard top covered in decorative paper. The reason I used my own top instead of the plastic top that comes with the container is that I needed to punch holes in the top to insert the dowel for the ballons.
I had a lot of fun making this and i hope you find some inspiration. You still have a few days to sign up for the Alpha Stamps Toy Shop Swap. You don’t need to make anything nearly as involved as my Toy Shop. Mine is more of an inspiration piece to give you ideas about what can be done.
For more inspiration, click here to see the Alpha Stamps Gallery of Toy Shops created by other members of the Design Team.
Below is a list of Alpha Stamps products I used. Click product name and the hyperlink will take you to the product in the Alpha Stamps store.