Gelli Print Christmas Tree–Christmas Home Decor project using the Frog Dog Studio December kit

Good morning! Today I wanted to share my tutorial on how to make a piece of holiday home decor using products from the December Frog Dog Studio kit.

To begin this project, I prepped the 6 x 6 sticky backed canvas from the kit using Silks, spray ink with a stencil, and alcohol inks.

Since I got my Gelli plate a few months ago, I’ve been addicted to making prints and hoarding them. For this project, I thought it would be fun to use them with a holiday spin. I selected a few prints and cut them into strips to form a Christmas tree. I attached them to the canvas with matte medium.

Since it’s the holidays, I thought I would add some sparkle by covering the Gelli print Christmas tree with Viva Decor Glitter paste. When that was done, I did some shading around the tree with a grey Copic marker and then used some letter stamps and StayZ on ink to add the sentiment.

The next step was to create the larger canvas background. Using a 12 x 12 canvas board (which I really recommend for mixed media, as it’s a harder surface and is easier to work on than a stretched canvas), I laid down a Heidi Swapp sunburst stencil and gently applied the pearlescent Viva Modeling Creme. The effect was really beautiful!

To finish the piece, I peeled off the sticky backed canvas with the Christmas tree and stuck it to the larger canvas in the middle of the sunburst. I also added some fun metallic sequin type embellishments to the tree for ornaments. They really shine!

And the finished product:

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On a Kindness Mission-Creating Inspirational ATC’s on Gelli Prints

THE MISSION

As I’m sure everyone in the world must know by now, I love Gelli printing. 🙂 Now that I have amassed so many prints, I’m trying to find creative ways to use them. Then I read a really inspirational blog post from Kelly Rae Roberts about her Kindness Mission. I was really moved by this mission to spread kindness in little ways to perfect strangers or those who may be in need of a kind word or uplifting thought. So with that in mind I pulled out my ever growing stack of Gelli prints and went to work.

THE PROCESS

First, I picked out several of my favorite prints. Then, I cut them down to ATC size. I had printed them all on Strathmore Mixed Media paper, which has a really nice weight to it. I discovered a whole unused box of SEI diecuts and found them to be perfect to use on the backgrounds. I attached them using matte medium.

I am a runner, and I find that when I run (about 3/4 of the way through the first mile) my mind becomes very clear. I was thinking about the Kindness Mission and what would be some good ideas to use to help bring a little comfort or joy into someone’s life. As I ran, I came up with a list in my head of several phrases. The next day I sat down with my favorite little letter stamp set and stamped all of the sentiments onto the cards. What was funny (as I look back), was that day was a particularly rough day for me. One of those days where absolutely nothing was going right. My daughter lost her cell phone that morning, another one got sick on her second day of kindergarten, my stamps were falling apart, movers that had been scheduled were 45 minutes late to a job, etc….So as I was working on these cards the messages became self directed. I really needed to hear a lot of what I was trying to say!

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THE RESULT

Today as I head out, these little lovelies will be shared with others. One was left on the treadmill at the club. Another at the gas pump, the bookstore, the grocery store…And hopefully they will be enjoyed and maybe even shared with others who may need a boost today! What kind thing will you do today? 🙂

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