Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Christmas Carol Lantern- Home Decor with the Flying Unicorns

Flying Unicorns Off the Page Home Decor for July with "A Christmas Carol"

The OTP (Off the Page )altered project for July was really cool - a bit unusual and fascinating.  I looked at it and it brought images of the "Christmas Carol" to my mind so I had my sweet little Julie Nutting dolls help me create my mini carolling scene.   

This piece is available in my ETSY shop while it lasts.  You can see it here.    I also have 30% off all items in my ETSY shop through Labor Day - Sept 4th.  Use code "KITTY30" at checkout.  

The metal lantern is from Darice and stands only  3.5 x 3.5 x 7.5 inches so I had to use the smaller children doll stamps by Julie Nutting.  I chose Toby and the little girl.  
I wanted the little girl to have a long Victorian styled dress so I made extra ruffles for her skirt and gave her a cape wrap instead of a shirt.  If you scroll down the page, I'll show you how to adapt your Nutting doll stamps to work well with an "off the page" project and yet be durable. 

Papers and flowers are from the Prima Victorian Christmas collection by Frank Garcia. 

How did I make the dolls? 
Julie Nutting's doll stamps are meant to be used in a variety of ways and not for just tags.  Sure tags are fun, but then so is any project you make with the little darlins.  

The real trick to using them on "Off the Page " projects is to make them as durable as possible so they do not bend.    This is how I accomplish that:

Step 1.  I stamp the doll shape twice and cut both out.  One shape will be for the front and the second for the back. This is the "Toby" doll stamp. 
 Step 2.  Go ahead and decorate the front of your doll as you desire.  Leave the second blank for now. 
 Step 3.  Once the front of the doll is done, ink all the edges of the second doll - both front and back.   This is in preparation for making a doll "sandwich".  When I glue the two dolls together, I do not see any white edges.  The project blends nicely. 
 Step 4.  After the edges of the second doll are inked, it's time to give the doll some "legs" to stand on.  

I love wood barbeque skewers.  They are inexpensive and I use them almost every time I craft.  Today they are going to become the "backbone" of my dolls.  haaaaaaa.  Little wood doll stamp humor.    Cut the skewers to fit head to toe and glue to the doll.  

Yes you do want to have the stamped side facing up.  This is the side you want to use when adding the wood skewers.  

 Step 5.   After the skewers are in place, you can go ahead and glue the sandwich together.  You may need to hold the edges together as they dry.  Once dry, you can continue to dress the back of the dolls. I just stamp the clothes and flip them around to use the backside if I do not want a lot of clothing detail.   

Here are the rest of the close ups of the finished lantern and "Christmas Carol " scene. 

Here are more close ups of the lantern and the whole piece. 

 I added Prima's snowflake paste to the lantern and embellishments after I was done to give that snowy winter feel.  It's also topped with a bunch of Prima products from the Victorian Christmas collection by Frank Garcia.  

Thanks for stopping by.  The Flying Unicorn kits move fast.  If you missed the kit already, you may want to think about the pre-order option avail starting the 20th of each month.  This provides you with a complete look at all the items and products contained in the kit.  You have 48 hours to purchase.  Now that's a great deal.  All the details can be found right here
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Products Used
Flying Unicorns July Kit - Your Passion Your Art
Darice Lantern
Prima Julie Nutting - Toby Stamp
Prima Julie Nutting - Little Girl -910600
Prima Frank Garcia Victorian Christmas - Flowers Midnight Kiss 583460
Prima Frank Garcia Victorian Christmas - Flower Rudolph's Nose 583477
Prima Frank Garcia Victorian Christmas - A4 paper pad
Prima Snowflake Paste

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