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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 as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Faberge Style Eggs - New Collage Sheet

Not the typical eggs you might see at Easter, these ATC sized eggs are inspired by the Art Deco Style paper pictured further below in this post and Faberge Eggs which open to showcase various elements inside.  Several years ago, I made a set of Faberge inspired eggs, and for this set, I decided to use ladies dressed in 1920s style fashions.  


ART DECO THEMED PAPERS


Another major element that I incorporated into these eggs are various metallic stickers, which can be used as is, cut into pieces or painted with Alcohol inks to change their color while preserving the metallic look of the sticker.


For the base of the eggs, I used a set of precut ATC-sized chipboard egg shapes.

To add lots of bling and interest, I used various brass pieces and gold Dresden which I cover further down below where I walk you through how I constructed the eggs.


NEW COLLAGE SHEET - DECO DAMES #2

This is a companion sheet to the original Deco Dames collage sheet (also pictured below) and contains 10 ladies in 1920s fashion and 7 unique fan designs with 3 sizes of each fan design.


THE DETAILS

To get the design centered on the egg, I placed the chipboard shape onto the patterned paper and traced the egg's shape; I then cut out the paper and glued it to the chipboard egg.

To split the egg into two equal vertical parts, I again used the chipboard egg to trace the shape onto a piece of paper.  Next, I cut out the shape, folded it in half, and then clipped it to the egg.  I then used the crease in the paper as my guide in splitting the egg.


I trimmed the edges of the split egg with stickers.   In one case, I cut a strip of sticker in half and applied each half to the split egg.  In the other case, I first painted the sticker strip with Alcohol ink to get the desired metallic color.  Using Alcohol ink preserves the metallic look.


For two of the eggs, I used two of the chipboard eggs, but for one, I used three chipboard eggs, giving me a double reveal.

Once you have covered the eggs with decorative paper and other flat elements, you need to stack the eggs one on top of the other and then punch the holes used to insert brads that will hold the eggs together and allow you to open the eggs.

For the eggs, which I split vertically down the middle, I punched two holes in the bottom (one on each piece of the egg),

Below you can see the brass pieces I used on the egg above.  I painted these pieces with metallic copper spray paint to match the copper color in the paper.


Below you can see the Dresden I used for the egg above, which I painted with Butterscotch Alcohol ink and is the same ink I used for the metallic stickers on the egg's edge.

Notice for the egg above, I have used three chipboard eggs, splitting the first two vertically and cutting the last one a little less than in half horizontally.  The ladies' images mount to the last egg and look free-floating when you open the first two eggs.

For the egg above, I used fans from the collage sheet to decorate the front and various stickers to dress up the eggs' edges.  Also, I added brass scrollwork and handles painted with teal paint.

NOTE:  Always be mindful of where you attach brass pieces to the front of the egg, so they don’t get in the way of opening the egg.  For this piece, I attached one of the brass pieces to the top left side of the egg and the one to the bottom right side of the egg.



For the egg above, I split the top egg horizontally.  Notice the brad is in the corner left of the top piece.  I added stickers to the split edges of the front egg and to the middle of the back egg.  On the front, I added brass leaves, a Dresden piece to the top of the front piece and brass flowers.  I used Patina paints to paint the brass and Dresden.

NOTE:  Always be mindful of where you attach brass pieces to the front of the egg so they don’t get in the way of opening the egg.  For this piece, I attached the Dresden to just the top of the egg. 


Friday, November 27, 2020

CHRISTMAS MARKET STALL

If you are looking for a Christmas project, perhaps I can tempt you with a Christmas Decoration Market Stall, which was inspired by a die-cut Market Stall & Base Kit, which makes assembly easy.  

The stall has four deep shelves which  I loaded with all kinds of Christmas decorations using beads, charms, paper images, boxes of ornaments, mini trees, snowmen, Santas, and nutcrackers.  You can see all the items I used in the supply list at the bottom. 

I made wreaths out of pine stems, candy canes, snowflake sequins and polymer clay slices. 


For the counter, I build a display stand to accommodate all of the cute ornaments made of glass balls filled with glitter, candy canes, polymer clay slices, charms, beads, and other mini holiday themed resin bits and bobs. 

In front of the stand is a sign (which you can download and use and is further down in the post) a 3D tree and snowman made from the Tiny Christmas Shape Set, a nutcracker made from the Mini Nutcracker Kit, and Christmas trees with a stack of packages from the Tiny Trees, Gifts & Ornaments Collage Sheet.

Trimming the counter and base are Scalloped Christmas Borders. 


To cover the market stall and for other elements, I used the 6x6 & 12x12 Hello Christmas Paper pad and Collection Kit plus the 6x6 Christmas Pets paper pad.

Below I’ll cover many of the details of how I constructed and decorated the market stall.


THE DETAILS

STALL ASSEMBLY

I started by gluing together the back and one of the sides plus the shelves. The widest of the shelves goes last. 

Next, I attached the other side, base, and roof support.

For the front counter, I attached the larger front piece and the smallest counter piece, which supports the larger counter piece.


I spray painted the market stall green then covered much of the surface with various decorative papers.

RIBBON BOWS

To make the bows, I cut 4 lengths of ribbon (the length is based on how big you want the bow to be) and then another four lengths that are approximately 2/3 the length of the first cut ribbon.  I put a dot of glue in the middle of each strip of ribbon then folded the ends to the middle.

Next, I stacked the longer folded ribbons in alternating directions.  I did the same for the shorter folded ribbons and then glued them together.

Finally, I made a loop from the ribbon and glued it to the center to finish the bow and hide the glue marks.



ORNAMENT STAND

To make the ornament stand, I used a metal snowflake as the base, and a large bead to support a straw.  I inserted pinheads into the straw to act as supports for the lightweight key rings.  I cut the heads off of the pins and used beads to cap the pointed ends.  The keyrings are glued on top of the pins.  Finally, I spray painted the entire piece (which acts as more glue to keep everything in place) and added the star charm to the top.





NUTCRACKER KIT

The nutcracker is made from a kit.  In the picture below, you can see there are two sides, two arms, a stand plus two pieces that go between the side pieces.  The middle pieces are for the hat/nose and the bottom of the coat.  Lastly, there is the handle, which also fits in the middle between the two sides.  The purpose of the holes and for the middle pieces is to accommodate a wooden peg, which allows the handle to be moved up and down like a real nutcracker.

I painted the pieces first, then assembled the kit and touched up the paint after assembly.  Be careful not to get paint in the hole for the peg or in the holes in the stand or it will be difficult to insert the peg through the hole and the nutcracker in the stand.

3D TREE/SNOWMAN/SANDWICH BOARD

To make the tree, I used two of the Tiny Christmas Shape Sets.  Each set contains two trees in two different sizes.  I painted all of the trees green, then cut three of them in half and glued the half pieces to the uncut tree.  This shape set also contains the components for the snowman and the stocking used in the polymer clay slice wreath plus many more items.

The sandwich board is from a kit  (I can see using this for lots of projects) and is accented with icicles from the Tiny Cardstock Icicles & Christmas Ornaments.  You’ll find the sign further down in the post; feel free to use it in your project.


BOXES OF ORNAMENTS - (seen on the second from the top and the bottom shelf in the picture below) 

I used boxes from the Holiday Bags, Tags & Boxes collage sheet and cut a hole in the lid, then backed it with transparency film.  The ornaments inside come from the Tiny Tree, Gifts & Ornaments Collage sheet.  To make them look more dimensional, I added Glossy Accents.

 

FREE IMAGE
Feel free to download the image below and use it in your artwork.  It is sized to fit the sandwich board kid.  Right-click on the image and select the "Save File As" option.

DETAIL SUPPLY LIST

Tiny Trees, Gifts & Ornaments Collage Sheet

Holiday Bags & Boxes Collage Sheet

Hello Christmas 6x6 Paper Pad

Hello Christmas 12x12 Collection Kit

Christmas Pets 6x6 Paper Pad

1:12 Scale Market Stall

1:12 Scale Sandwich Board Set

Mini Nutcracker Kit

Scalloped Christmas Borders

Gingerbread Cottage Buttons

Tiny Cardstock Icicles & Christmas Ornaments

Saint Nick Polymer Clay Slice Mix

Mini Red & Green Paper Bags

Bronze Ornament Toppers

1cm Clear Glass Globes

16mm Resin Christmas Tree

Mini Candy Canes

Tiny Ceramic Nutcracker Soldier Bead

Tiny Ceramic Santa Claus Bead

Mini Filled Christmas Stocking

3D Resin Christmas Tree

Flatback Resin Snowman with Shovel

Miniature Resin Deer

Unfinished Wooden Mini Snowman

Hello Christmas Polymer Clay Slice Mix

Christmas Cookies Large Polymer Clay Slice Mix

1 Inch Victorian Christmas Trees w Candles

2 Inch German Fir Trees

1.5 Inch German Fairytale Trees

Waving Snowman in Top Hat

Large Ceramic Nutcracker Soldier

Large Ceramic Santa Claus Bead

Tiny Green Sisal Wreaths

Mini Pine Fern

Wired Pine Need Stems

Tiny Christmas Shape Set

Frosted Mini Green Sisal Trees

Giant Snowflakes - Silver

Red Apples – 1:12 Scale

Mini Oranges

Green Apples – 1:12 Scale

Miniature Silver Tinsel Garland

Miniature Gold Tinsel Garland

Miniature Red Tinsel Garland

4mm Red Silk Ribbon

Nutcracker Clear Stickers

Large Hollow Silver Star Charms

Iridescent Snowflake Sequins Mix

Tiny Polymer Clay Candy Canes

Tiny Resin Christmas Embellishments

Santa Sleigh Silver Charm Set

Candy Cane Charms

Silver Double Bell Christmas Charms

14mm Clear Flat-Back Acrylic Rhinestone Stars

10mm Clear Flat-Back Acrylic Rhinestone Stars

Printed Wooden Christmas Stockings Buttons