Friday, October 28, 2011

Vintage Framed Santa

Hi Everyone,
Changing things up a bit today.  I have a Christmas project to share.  I made a Vintage Framed Santa piece.  I will either put this up in my house or I may give it as a gift.  HMMM.  Who would like this?  I will have to think about this.  I used a plain frame I bought somewhere and jazzed it up a bit with paints, glimmer sprays,and glitter glue.

Here is a photo of the frame before alteration.  It is just a plain frame.    

For the "picture" inside the frame, I used a Santa Stamp from the newly released set: An Illustrated Christmas from Blockhead Stamps.  This is the whole set.

Materials List:
Santa Stamp from An Illustrated Christmas
Canvas Paper
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Distress Tool
Cream Pigment Ink
Brown Embossing Powder
Acrylic Paints: Tan and Brown
Paint Brushes
Sand Paper
Satin and Sheer Ribbon
Glitter Glue
Glimmer Sprays
Smooch Spray

Paint the frame with Tan Acrylic paint.  Set with a heat gun or let dry.  Go over the Tan paint with Brown paint.  Set with a heat gun or let dry.  Sand off most of the Brown Paint to look aged.  Get it nice and scratchy looking.  Add lots of gold glimmer spray and Smooch Spray.  Let this dry.  And then add the Glitter Glue the the edges.  While the glitter glue is drying, make the Santa Picture.  

To make the Santa picture, stamp Santa on canvas paper with Vintage Photo ink and heat emboss with brown embossing powder.  Cover the paper with Vintage Photo ink using a distress tool.  Add a little white pigment ink to the hat with a Q-Tip and smudge it in with your finger. (Very technical, LOL)   Add some random dots of the glitter glue in the background.   Let dry.  When the glitter glue is dry, add the picture to the frame.  To make the bow, I layered a satin and a sheer ribbon.  Hold them together and tie in a bow and leave long tails - Do Not trim the ends yet.    Glue the bow to the frame.  Lay the satin ends flat (Satin ends should be under the sheer ribbon ends) and secure with some glue on their underside.  Trim the satin ribbon ends to about 4 inches.  Now, to gather the sheer ribbon, place a small line of glue on the right side of the satin ribbon on its top edge.  Gather the sheer ribbon and press it into the line of glue.  Trim the sheer ribbon ends.   Here is a close up of the ribbon.  Isn't that a fun ribbon treatment?!!  I love it.  

We have really got the Holiday feeling going on over on the Blockheads blog this weekend.  Stacie has a dazzling dimensional ornament using Spellbinders and Blockheads Stamps.  And Leigh continues to amaze us with her Halloween treats!

Now, I feel in the mood for a few fun challenges too.
I am entering Vintage Framed Santa in the following Challenges:
Fashionable Stampers: Colors- coffee to cream
Simon Says Stamp and Show: use one color- I used different shades of brown
Mark's Finest: Make an Altered image that has been showcased in their 12 days of Christmas- Altered frame
ABC Christmas: V is for Vintage

Okay, Phewww.  Lots of info.   I have been working like a busy bee all week and have tons of stuff to show you in the upcoming weeks.  I still have all the Operation Write Home Cards to show you too.  I will be back  with lots more fun.  Oh, and have a happy Friday!  Love ya.


  1. Hi Karen! I love your altered Christmas frame! That vintage Santa stamp is awesome! I love how you took a simple RED frame and turned it into such a work of art....using all hues of one color! Perfect for our challenge. Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show! <3 Candy

  2. Hi Karen, this is just beautiful, the image is gorgeous and you have set it lovely in the frame:) Sandra H

  3. Love this you could give it to me if your stuck !! It looks fantastic and the ribbon is Devine .Mandy x

  4. This is so wonderful Karen....such a great description of how you created the frame.

  5. Karen--this is a fabulous altered frame with Santa!!! Great job! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous Karen! I love the fancy bow treatment too, just perfect as always!

  7. Karen this is gorgeous!!!! Thank you for playing along with us this week at Speedy The Cat's Friends Challenge.

  8. Great job! LOVE that Huge bow too, Thanks for coming to join us at ABC Christmas Challenge for our Vintage Challenge, I hope you can come play again soon you can enter as many times as you like per challenge, hugs Samantha :0)

  9. Great alteration, love what you have done to the frame. Thankyou for joining us at FSC this time.

  10. How beautifully rustic jolly!!! Very very pretty too!

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    happy weekend.
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  12. Gorgeous project, love the stamps you've used. Thanks for joining us at FSC, hope to see you again soon
    Claire xx

  13. A wonderful present for Christmas. Thanks for sharing with us on Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

  14. Hi Karen
    This will certainly make a special gift.
    So glad you shared with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenge.

  15. I am going to try this as a Christmas card. Thanks for posting this project.

  16. Fabulous work! Love your bow!!:)

  17. Beautiful - will make a lovely gift!
    Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Helen x

  18. Beautiful Christmas project. Thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas Challenge. Carissa

  19. Wow this came out beautifully! Thanks for sharing!


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