Deck The Halls With Christmas Cheer From Graphic 45!
We want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Thank you all so much for taking the time to visit us on this wonderful day! Wow, we do love the holidays! Christmas is such a beautiful time of togetherness and joy. Today we wantd to bring you some absolutely incredible crafts to help celebrate this incredible holiday. You'll see a marvelous Nutcracker Sweet tag by Gloria Stengel, an amazing Nutcracker Sweet petite four altered box by Clare Charvill and a marvelous Nutcracker Sweet altered iPod box by Denise Hahn! It's a Christmas cornacopia of inspiration! But first we have a very special message for all of you from our family here at Graphic 45!
Seasons Greetings to all of you this Christmas Day! We are enjoying being together as a family, and wish
you the same joy. We have so enjoyed celebrating the holidays with you
and seeing your beautiful handmade treasures. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
With Warmest Wishes,
Diane, Aimee, Charee, and the G45 Family
This first festive creation was made by Gloria Stengel. It's a gorgeous tag featuring Nutcracker Sweet! Holiday tags are so much fun to create! Let this magnificent creation inspire you to create a fun holiday tag that you'll cherrish for years to come! Here is what Gloria had to say about this fabulous work of art!
"Christmas is my favorite holiday and I collect a lot of supplies in order to make Christmas tags, cards, and other projects. Nutcracker Sweet is a beautiful collection, filled with both traditional and non-traditional colors. I had a blast cutting out the nutcracker and making him pop, literally off the tag! To create a more realistic feel, I added glossy accents to his boots, belt, and hat! He really shines! To "jazz" up the metal doorplate I painted it with several coats of gesso, and while the gesso was wet, I sprinkled the metal with several types of glitter." Gloria Stengel
Graphic 45 Papers: Nutcracker Sweet
Graphic 45 Staples:
Graphic 45 packaging tag
Clearsnap Colorbox: Creamy Brown Fluid Chalk Ink
May Arts: ribbon
Adhesive: Glossy Accents, Glue Dots, foam squares, tape runner, white glue, Liquitex matte gel medium
Other: bells, floral picks, dove, brads, gesso, glitter, wire
"Coming up with inspiration to alter items is easy for me. When I am working on a projects I keep a little bowl on my desk that I put little scraps and bits of things in that I think I might use. Inevitably at the end of the projects I have a color coordinated little bowl of goodies. Then it's just a matter of finding the right "thing" to alter. I have to say I am little attached to my Apple boxes. My iPad, my MacBook my iPhone. I am so attached to these items I can't even throw away their boxes. They always have unique design elements to them that are super conducive to altering! My only problem is that Apple makes their boxes out of some super secret plastic style cardboard that does not like ink, gesso or acrylic paint. With that said, if you want to color your box (mine is actually a cream colored base) prime it with Krylon Fusio for Plastic first, that's the only thing that seemed to stick. What other little treasured boxes do you keep? Why not alter one with all of your leftover bits and pieces from you last project?" -Denise Hahn
We hope you all had a great time today! We want to once again wish you all a very Merry Christmas! We enjoyed getting to bring you these sweet treasures on this gorgeous holiday. We want to thank Gloria Stengel, Clare Charvill and Denise Hahn for their fantastic work today. We wish you all a warm and happy holiday! Join us tomorrow for more incredible crafts and fun!
Your Friends at Graphic 45