Monday, December 9, 2013

A Nutcracker Sweet Christmas!

Sarah here today to share two Christmas projects with you - both using Imaginarium Designs Chipboard with Graphic 45's Nutcracker Sweet collection.
Nutcracker Sweet Bell Jar
First up is a Bell Jar I put together using the Imaginarium Designs Bill Board Train as the base. I knew as soon as I saw this 3D Train that I wanted to use it with the Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet collection and create a Nutcracker Christmas scene!
I mod-podged some of the the Nutcracker Sweet paper to the vertical portion of the Bill Board Train piece and did lots of fussy-cutting for the characters/embellishing.
 For the Train Side, I've included images of the Grandfather Clock, the Mouse King and the Nutcracker and added a "Happy Christmas" Title Chipboard.
I painted the train with acrylic paints and then dry-brushed gold paint over the entire thing; for the smoke, I used a Snow Marker that creates a puffy snow effect when heated with a heat gun. I painted the train track with black acrylic paint and then heat embossed it with holographic embossing powder. For the title, I painted it gold and then heat-embossed it with gold embossing powder. In the background, behind the train and the Mouse King, you can see one of the small Imaginarium Designs Chipboard presents.
 For the other side of the 3D piece, I again mod podged the paper to the vertical piece and fussy cut the title and an image of Clara from the Graphic 45 papers. I added a large bottle-brush Christmas Tree to this side as well.
I painted the Imaginarium Designs presents with acrylic paint and then used Sparkle Mod-Podge over that to give the pretty sparkly finish. You can also see the base of the Billboard Train, painted with gold acrylic paint and a better view of some of the train track in this photo.
Nutcracker Sweet ATC/Ornament
My second project today is an Artist Trading Card, which can also be used as a Christmas Tree Ornament. 
Once again, lots of fussy cutting of the Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet papers. I also did some masking with a Crafter's Workshop 6 x 6 template and some Sparkle Texture Effect mixed with Heavy Gel Medium to create a "snow" effect. 
I used the Imaginarium Designs Music Symbols with Holly on the ATC - I heat embossed them with Gold Embossing Powder and then used Stickles in Christmas Red and Holly to add the Holly details.
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard Used
4 Presents on Board - IDT0008

Bill Board Train - IDAA0006

Happy Christmas - IDP0073 

Music Symbols with Holly - IDFL0006

Other Materials Used:
Patterned Paper - Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet collection; Acrylic Paint; Mod Podge - Matte and Sparkle; Distress Embossing Ink; Ranger Embossing Powder - Holographic; Stampendous Embossing Powder - Detail Gold; Ranger Stickles - Christmas Red and Holly; Martha Stewart Sparkle Texture Effect; Heavy Gel Medium; The Crafter's Workshop 6 x 6 Halftone Circles Template; Marvy Uchida Snow Marker; Recollections Holiday Ribbon; Sparkle Resin Heart; Mini Bells; Aleene's Tacky Glue; 3D Foam Adhesive; Beacon 3-in-1 Glue.

That's it for me today - I hope you enjoyed my Christmas projects and I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season! Don't forget to leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win some amazing Imaginarium Designs Chipboard!