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Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art. I have regular giveaways of my art and lots of free tutorials. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Friday, November 29, 2013

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Here come sassy ladies in their fur coats and baby it’s cold outside!  I imagined that these ladies are out shopping, meeting friends and having a great time in the wintry holiday weather.
This piece is made from a door album with the pages hinged together to create an accordion folded display.  I love using architecture for a backdrop.  By hinging the doors together rather than assembling them as a book, it allows for the use of large dimensional embellishments, plus you can see everything at once.  I’m thinking this would make a great display on a mantel piece or bookshelf.  
I also decided to go with nontraditional holiday colors and a design that was more winter oriented as I can image leaving this up beyond Christmas.  I took my color inspiration from the door book and the Glistening 6x6paper pad with its blue, grey, tan and cream color scheme; a perfect way to show off lots of snowflakes.
NEW COLLAGE SHEET
You’ll find the sassy ladies I used on my new collage sheet titled “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.  As always you can find this and my other collage sheets and digital image sets at Alpha Stamps.
Design Details and Paper Embellishment Tutorials
In addition to walking you through the construction and design of each of the doors, I will also cover how I created the paper embellishments.


The size of each door is approximately 10’5” x 7.25”.  The set comes with six doors and each door has a different design on each side.  My first challenge was to choose the sides I wanted to use for the front and to narrow it down to 5 doors (I like odd numbers).  Next, I laid them out in order and marked the placement of the hinges.  Using paper weights helped keep the doors from shifting as I marked the holes.  I placed the hinges so that they covered up two of the three holes in each door.  I used embellishments to cover up the remaining hole.
I punched the holes and attached the hinges to the doors with brads.  To dress up the hinges I added a brass snowflake charm to the brads (before inserting them into the holes).  I only added the charms to the brads that would be seen after all of the embellishing.
 Alpha Stamps Products That I Used on all of the Doors
Door #1
The bulkiest embellishments I used were bottle brush trees.  Before attaching them to the door, I cut away almost half of the base and the bristles on the back of the tree.  These mods allowed the trees to sit flush against the door.
To make the ladies pop, I used a frame and paper cutting technique.  First, I resized and printed a frame from my Antique Frames digital image set.  The frame is round in shape but I enlarged it and stretched it into an oval.  Next, I cut two different pieces of pattern paper from the Glistening paper pad.  The pieces are slightly smaller than the frame.  One piece serves as the background (tan and white snowflakes) and the other serves as the piece that curls out of the frame (blue grey snowflakes).
Using an X-acto knife, I precut lines in the center of the blue/grey paper to facilitate tearing.  Only cut the center section of the paper and not towards the edge where the fame will cover the paper.
Next, I flipped the blue/grey paper over and glued it to the tan/white piece.  Glue only around the edges of the paper.
Glue the frame to the paper.
Tear back the pieces of the blue grey paper.  Tear off the excess at the ends and curl the paper over the frame.  I also inked the edges of the paper.
Now the frame is ready to attach the images of the ladies.  I finished dressing up the piece by adding the miniature pine cones and ribbon.  Also notice that this door has openings cut in the top which allowed me to attach a clock to the backside of the door.
Alpha Stamps Products Used for Door #1
Door #2

This was one of my favorite doors because so much of it is cutout.  On the backside of the door I attached a scene of blue curtains and a table from the Fully Furnished digital image set.  On the table is a Christmas tree.  This is one of the tree charms you saw me use for the Advent Calendar project.  I used foam core tape on the window scene to separate it from the door adding depth and creating space to accommodate the tree charm.
The swirls at the bottom are painted blue then coated in Twinklets Diamond Dust (one of my favorite products) using Glossy Accents. 
The wreath and gold bird at the bottom are from my Bejeweled collage sheet.  I added depth to the jewels in the wreath by applying Glossy Accent.
Alpha Stamps Products Used for Door #2
Door #3
Of all of the doors this one is probably my favorite design.  I think it is because of all of the snowflakes.  Some of the snowflakes and the birds are from the new collage sheet.  Again I’ve used a frame from my Antiques Frame Digital image set to accent this lovely lady.
One type of snowflake I used was made from chipboard.  I painted the snowflakes blue and coated them in Diamond Dust (using Glossy Accents) to give them sparkle.
The tassel at the bottom is one that I made from the paper pack.  Below is a quick video showing you how to make a paper tassel.
Alpha Stamps Products Used for Door #3
 Door #4
I attached several different types of snowflakes to this door including the paper snowflake sprays before attaching the image of the lady with the hatbox.  After attaching her, I added more snowflakes to finish the door.
The snowflake looking sprays are made from paper.  Below is a short video on how to make them.
Alpha Stamps Products Used for Door #4
Door #5
This is probably my favorite door as I love its color and style and of course the cutout at the top.  The sassy lady sitting on the hatboxes in the snow is perhaps waiting for someone to come home and let her in?  To this door and the first door I attached chipboard lanterns.  The candles in the lantern are made from beads and the flame is yellow paint.  The snowflake sequins are attached using Glossy Accents.  I used my finger to apply paint to the raised areas of the wreath and attached gold beads and a reindeer button.
On the backside of the door behind the cutout I attached the grill work piece that came from the transparency version of the Round Things collage sheet.
Alpha Stamps Products Used for Door #5
 I hope you enjoy this project and stay tuned for more seasonal project ideas and tutorials.

20 comments:

BLockHEad said...

Simply wonderful x

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These are so beautiful and unique! I can't wait to do some holiday crafting! Sweet hugs!

SusanLotus said...

Fantastic creation!

Karen Mallory said...

Another fabulous creation Laura!
hugs Karen

johala said...

Wahoo Laura!
Anoher stunning creation, very lovely!
BRAVO
Hugs and kisses

Andi's English Attic said...

Absolutely beautiful.
(You have a lot of paperweights!)

claude minipatouillis said...

what a good idea, thank you

DogsMom said...

Doors are very popular (HOT) right now.
Thank you for all the lovely inspiration.

Annette said...

omg these are fantastic, ok you area tempting me big time here girl. Thanks for sharing your creativity so much with us. xoxoxox

nelda said...

Wow, this is really great!

Yvette LeBlanc said...

love it!!

Jeanne D said...

I agree with Bella, Laura - you must never sleep! You continue to create the most wonderful imaginative and beautiful pieces. Here's one more "amazing" to add to your enormous pile of compliments. :)
XOXO

Faith W said...

Fabulous! Sassy & Stylish!
I am always inspired by your creations!

Tracie Dean said...

Love how these turned out! The second one is also my favorite!!

Connie said...

These are just stunning and so original . . . wonderful creation:)

Nancy said...

That is simply amazing!!!

Martina2801 said...

A magnificent work of art, dear Laura! Unique and beautiful as always!
Have a nice Sunday of Advent!

smokeysmom said...

Everything you make is so exquisite...even though your instructions make things appear simple, mine just don't come out the same, lol. Your creations are such inspiration. I love everything you create:)

Hester said...

baby, it may be cold outside, but these doors are fantastic!

Coco said...

Wow, Wow, Wooooooowwwwwwww!!!! This is fabulous Laura, this work and set of doors is such a delight!!!!! I ADORE this!!! So many details, so much to learn from you... Thank you for the share too, your're really a stunning and GREAT GREAT lady. Love, Coco xxx