Thursday, December 15, 2011

Peaceful Dove

I think I made it just in time! This is my final project for the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style challenge - Week 12. Today is the deadline, and as usual I am getting my project in at the last minute.

I am also submitting this for this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge, which is titled "Thru the Looking Glass: Projects with Depth." It might be a little difficult to tell from the photo, but the ornament is three dimensional. I achieved this by layering three Nestabilities die cuts with foam tape. The You really can't see the middle layer at all. I managed to cover it up with all the stuff.

You can see Linda's inspiration tag for week 12 of the Funkie Junkie challenge HERE. I was inspired by the gold color, music paper, holly and the bird cage. No I didn't use a bird cage - I don't have that awesome die and I didn't really want to spend forever fussy cutting a bird cage. So I used a bird instead. My intention was to use the Faux Crazed Porcelain technique that Shelly Hickox posted on Splitcoast Stampers last week. I did the technique and it looked great until I tried to flatten out the dove's right wing. Although I was trying my best to be gentle, the embossing cracked. I really didn't want to do the dove over, so I just cracked the embossing all over. I now I have cracked glass over crazed porcelain. :)

The base of the ornament is chipboard that I embossed with the Cuttlebug Victoria EF, painted with gesso and covered with Antique Gold Rub N Buff. I used the Labels 1 (or 2 - I can't remember the number - the square one) and turned it 90 degrees. I cut the centers wtih a circle Nestie. The middle layer that you can't see was painted cream color, inked with Vintage Photo DI and I left it oriented the "regular way". If I had turned it like I did the other two layers, you would have been able to see it. :) The holly is a stamp that I colored with Peeled Paint and Fired Brick Distress Inks and cut up. I used four of the images total. I also added some leaves punched with a Martha Stewart punch from handmade gold paper. Finally I added a music paper rosette and a poinsettia that I made from lace and pearls.

I have really enjoyed doing the Funkie Junkie tag challenge. I tried a lot of new techniques and different types of projects. I've discovered how much I love making hanging things. I am quite inspired by Linda's work. If you follow her blog you will probably notice that I CASE a lot of her ideas in my other projects too. I hope she'll do another challenge at some point.

I guess that's about it. I have a couple more Christmas cards to make for my family and a couple of small gifts, then I think I'm done with Christmas. I love making Christmas projects, but I think I'm about ready to move on to something else for awhile. :)

Thanks for stopping by!!


Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Wow, you not only made it, you made it in SPADES! This is totally amazing, just a fantastic piece of work. I love EVERYTHING about it - the dove, the rosette, the holly, the lace poinsettia - wow, everything is just sensational. You certainly ended on a high note!

I'm so happy you joined in and made it all the way to the end. Thanks so much for all the lovely comments about my work you included in your blog posts. I am very flattered! Best of luck in the drawing!!!


Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

PS - when the embossing on the dove cracked, you probably could have reheated it and it would have melted back together.

Susan said...

Judy!!! This is just gorgeous! I love everything about it but the dove is my favorite part. Sooooo beautiful!

Nancy Wethington said...

This is gorgeous! What delicious depth you got in this piece. Love everything about it. Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

Teresa Arsenault said...

this is beautiful, Judy.