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« on: November 01, 2012 11:48:07 AM »

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Christmas Tree Wall Art - featuring Elmer's products

  • Picture frame for 3.5" x 5" picture
  • Elmer's CraftBond Permanent Dot Runner
  • Cardboard
  • Elmer's CraftBond Permanent Scrapbooking Tape
  • Elmer's Precision Embellishment Glue
  • Elmer's CraftBond Gel Pens
  • Wood Stain Pens (Golden Oak and Mahogany)
  • CraftBond All Purpose Glue Stick
  • X-ACTO X3252 Designer Series Gripster Knife
  • Crystal Snow
  • Book Pages
  • Painter's tape or masking tape
  • Elmer's Painters Bright (optional)

This project started with a $0.50 picture frame that I picked up at a thrift store and a desperate need for some Christmas wall art.

I knew I wanted a simple and vintage design -- I started in Illustrator:

(You can download the two-page pattern at the end of this post. You must be logged in to access it.)

Once I had finalized the design, I took two sheets of standard printer paper and used blue painter's tape to affix pages from an old book (an old law book that was another thrift store purchase) -- this makes it easy to print onto the book pages. Now, I've never had the blue painter's tape get stuck in my printer (can't say the same about duct tape), but this probably isn't a manufacturer recommended process, so use at your own risk.

Once printed, I used wood stain pens to age my design.

I then used Elmer's CraftBond Permanent Dot Runner to run lines of "sticky" on the striped page. The Dot Runner is super easy to use and makes a line approximately 1/4" wide (the same width as the red and white stripes). Once I had the page prepped, I sprinkled on the Crystal Snow and tamped it down. I decided I wanted some "clumping" of the snow, so I rubbed the Dot Runner lines with my thumb. This pulled the glue up a bit (it is a tape-like strip of glue) -- I sprinkled on more snow, did some more tamping and there, I had my clumps.

I set the striped page aside and began working on the tree. I used Elmer's CraftBond Gel Pens to doodle ornaments and garland. These pens are fabulously sparkly and easy to use. As a non-glitter person, they're perfect -- just the right amount of shine with none of the mess of loose glitter. I then used the CraftBond All Purpose Glue Stick to glue the tree to a piece of scrap cardboard.

Initially, I intended to glue the tree directly to the striped background, but once I had the pieces in front of me, I decided I needed a bit more depth. A small piece of scrap cardboard and Elmer's CraftBond Permanent Scrapbooking Tape to the rescue.

I spent some time sanding and re-staining the frame -- I also added miscellaneous spots of paint (to add to the distressed look) with an Elmer's Painter's pen. (The great thing about the Painter's Pens?  No paintbrushes to clean up, an excellent perk.)

I then glued the piece into the frame and Elmer's Precision Embellishment Glue was perfect for getting into the groove of the frame -- no need for applying dabs of glue with a toothpick -- very nice.


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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2012 12:08:36 PM »

Very warm Christmas design.  Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2012 12:10:59 PM »

HA! Cute idea and so funny you are using an old matrimonial law page.  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2012 01:21:03 PM »

These would make great little gifts!

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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2012 02:26:58 PM »

This is beautiful!  I love how you used the wood stain pens to get the character--I hadn't heard of that before!

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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2012 02:52:32 PM »

So cute!  What a great holiday gift for a teacher.
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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2012 05:11:38 PM »

Ooooh.  Thank you for the step-by-step - this is great!
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2012 12:22:06 AM »

Cute idea!  Now I'm in a festive mood... : )

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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2012 07:01:34 AM »

That's so cute!  you paper crafters amaze me. 

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