Monday, December 10, 2012

Nicecrane Design Inspiration

 
 
Good morning/evening everyone, hope your week is off to a good start! I have two quick and super easy projects to share using vintage images from Nicecrane Designs. The first is a simple wall hanging featuring Santa Claus doing what he does best, making toys for good boys and girls. After trimming my image I defined the edges with Black Soot distress ink by Ranger to make it stand out. I'm a big fan of antique or vintage images that have glitter on them so after I let my printed image dry I applied a light coat of Liquitex Matte Gel with a brush and sprinkled MS's white crystal fine glitter all over. I set it aside to dry and went looking for a trim to border my image and decided upon yellow crepe paper. Silver Stickles were added carefully to the edge of one side and I set it aside to dry overnight but a few hours should be enough to set the glue. To add my border trim I placed double stick tape along the back edges of my image and adhered it to my frame gathering it by hand as I went. Holly 3D stickers  accent each corner and a pretty ribbon added to the back created a hanger. I kept this project simple because I am mass producing it for the residents at my mom's nursing home. You would be surprised how excited they get about anyone doing anything for them and they all know & recognize Santa. :) I do have to be careful with the items I make to ensure the residents safety so all embellishment has to be permanent. The matte gel insures the glitter stays on my project and can be found in the art department of Michael's or Hobby Lobby here in the US. I took an extra step to ensure nothing comes off on their hands and sealed it with a spray adhesive. Here's a close up of my sparkly surface and trim.
 
 
I have to tell you, this image is gorgeous in person and I love it!
 
 
You can use any Christmas image obviously and here's the link to all of Ignacio's Christmas images and the collage sheet with this wonderful image.
 
 
 
 
 
Now I have another super quick gift idea for the book readers in your life and it doesn't get any easier than this. Are you ready?
 
 

 

To see all of Ignacio's beautiful bookmarks please visit Nicecrane Designs or click this link here. You'll also find folded bookmarks which are fun and the great part is the work has been done for you. Just add a tassel and message on the back, if you want, and you are done. Even though we live in a highly technological age and e-readers are all the rage, nothing beats holding a tangible book and enjoying the text & pictures. 
 
Have fun today crafty people and I'll be back throughout the week with altered art, mixed media, ornaments, a fun project for your Christmas table and more featuring Nicecrane Designs.
 
Hugs,
Lisa xx  




 
 
 
 
 

11 comments:

butterfly said...

Ooh, I love what you've done with the Vintage Santa (or Father Christmas as I'm still vainly clinging on to calling him...)... what a funky hanging! I'm sure they'll cheer up the residents no end - what a brilliant thing to do!

And the bookmarks are great - love those maps...
Alison xx

Nicecrane Designs said...

Absolutely brillinat Lisa, love the old bookmarks,,,,, over your book collection,,woww,woww,,,and your wall hanging is soooo funny,,,,love it,, it is really so colorful,,,, very well done Lisa,,,,ans thanks again.

Desire Fourie said...

This is just beautifully crafted with great attention to detail. Wishing you a relaxing weekend. Hugs Desíre {Doing Life - my personal blog}

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Such pretty projects Lisa and for such a great cause! Love all the shimmery detail!

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Very very nice card Lisa and also the bookmarks are great.
Greetings Janny

Pia S said...

LOVE the old world bookmarks. I do know quite a few book lovers that these would be perfect for! Do love the Santa image too, and I'm surprised how well the bold yellow color works with the Christmas theme!

Lori said...

The crepe paper frame is beautiful - what a great idea! Love those bookmarks, too!

Sandie Edwards said...

I am sure the residents of the home are going to be so thrilled with their cards Lisa - very stunning indeed. I love the bookmark too.
Wishing you and your family a special Christmas, and all your dreams come true for 2013...x

Lucia said...

Very pretty projects Lisa :) I looove those bookmarks!! I hope you are doing good, have a "happy preparation for christmas" :D xxx

Lisa M said...

The shimmer on the vintage image is joyous! That has a gorgeous appeal to it and your creative ideas are brilliant! The bookmarks couldn't be any more inspiring. You've been a busy bee L1...and I'm loving what you've been up to. :)
hugs,
L2

Margaret said...

Beautiful vintage Santa and those bookmarks are great! I love the silver trim on the yellow crepe paper, very festive!!

I am sure the residents were thrilled with your beautiful gifts! My youngest DD and her girl scout troop made wreaths and delivered them while singing Christmas carols to the residents at one of our local nursing homes. She was amazed at how happy everyone was to see them. Made me so proud of her!

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