Here come sassy ladies in their fur coats and baby it’s cold outside! I imagined that these ladies are out shopping, meeting friends and having a great time in the wintry holiday weather.
This piece is made from a door album with the pages hinged together to create an accordion folded display. I love using architecture for a backdrop. By hinging the doors together rather than assembling them as a book, it allows for the use of large dimensional embellishments, plus you can see everything at once. I’m thinking this would make a great display on a mantel piece or bookshelf.
I also decided to go with nontraditional holiday colors and a design that was more winter oriented as I can image leaving this up beyond Christmas. I took my color inspiration from the door book and the Glistening 6x6paper pad with its blue, grey, tan and cream color scheme; a perfect way to show off lots of snowflakes.
NEW COLLAGE SHEET
Design Details and Paper Embellishment Tutorials
In addition to walking you through the construction and design of each of the doors, I will also cover how I created the paper embellishments.
The size of each door is approximately 10’5” x 7.25”. The set comes with six doors and each door has a different design on each side. My first challenge was to choose the sides I wanted to use for the front and to narrow it down to 5 doors (I like odd numbers). Next, I laid them out in order and marked the placement of the hinges. Using paper weights helped keep the doors from shifting as I marked the holes. I placed the hinges so that they covered up two of the three holes in each door. I used embellishments to cover up the remaining hole.
I punched the holes and attached the hinges to the doors with brads. To dress up the hinges I added a brass snowflake charm to the brads (before inserting them into the holes). I only added the charms to the brads that would be seen after all of the embellishing.
Alpha Stamps Products That I Used on all of the Doors
Butterfly Hinges – I used 8Brass Snowflake Charms
The bulkiest embellishments I used were bottle brush trees. Before attaching them to the door, I cut away almost half of the base and the bristles on the back of the tree. These mods allowed the trees to sit flush against the door.
To make the ladies pop, I used a frame and paper cutting technique. First, I resized and printed a frame from my Antique Frames digital image set. The frame is round in shape but I enlarged it and stretched it into an oval. Next, I cut two different pieces of pattern paper from the Glistening paper pad. The pieces are slightly smaller than the frame. One piece serves as the background (tan and white snowflakes) and the other serves as the piece that curls out of the frame (blue grey snowflakes).
Using an X-acto knife, I precut lines in the center of the blue/grey paper to facilitate tearing. Only cut the center section of the paper and not towards the edge where the fame will cover the paper.
Next, I flipped the blue/grey paper over and glued it to the tan/white piece. Glue only around the edges of the paper.
Glue the frame to the paper.
Tear back the pieces of the blue grey paper. Tear off the excess at the ends and curl the paper over the frame. I also inked the edges of the paper.
Now the frame is ready to attach the images of the ladies. I finished dressing up the piece by adding the miniature pine cones and ribbon. Also notice that this door has openings cut in the top which allowed me to attach a clock to the backside of the door.
Alpha Stamps Products Used for Door #1
Antique Frames Set Download – The frame
Retro Bottle Brush Tree Set – Used the second largest trees in the setGilder's Paste (Inca Gold) – Used to color the holly
This was one of my favorite doors because so much of it is cutout. On the backside of the door I attached a scene of blue curtains and a table from the Fully Furnished digital image set. On the table is a Christmas tree. This is one of the tree charms you saw me use for the Advent Calendar project. I used foam core tape on the window scene to separate it from the door adding depth and creating space to accommodate the tree charm.
The swirls at the bottom are painted blue then coated in Twinklets Diamond Dust (one of my favorite products) using Glossy Accents.
The wreath and gold bird at the bottom are from my Bejeweled collage sheet. I added depth to the jewels in the wreath by applying Glossy Accent.
Alpha Stamps Products Used for Door #2
Bejeweled Collage Sheet - Wreath
Fully Furnished Set Download – Blue Window Scene in the background
Holiday Jubilee Resin Embellishments - PineconeAcrylic Christmas Bead Mix – Christmas tree bead
Door #3Of all of the doors this one is probably my favorite design. I think it is because of all of the snowflakes. Some of the snowflakes and the birds are from the new collage sheet. Again I’ve used a frame from my Antiques Frame Digital image set to accent this lovely lady.
One type of snowflake I used was made from chipboard. I painted the snowflakes blue and coated them in Diamond Dust (using Glossy Accents) to give them sparkle.
The tassel at the bottom is one that I made from the paper pack. Below is a quick video showing you how to make a paper tassel.
Alpha Stamps Products Used for Door #3
Glistening 6x6 Paper Pad – Used for the paper tasselClear Acrylic Bead Sprays - Asymmetrical
I attached several different types of snowflakes to this door including the paper snowflake sprays before attaching the image of the lady with the hatbox. After attaching her, I added more snowflakes to finish the door.
The snowflake looking sprays are made from paper. Below is a short video on how to make them.
Alpha Stamps Products Used for Door #4
Acrylic Christmas Bead Mix – Snowflake beadGlistening 6x6 Paper Pad – Paper snowflake sprays
This is probably my favorite door as I love its color and style and of course the cutout at the top. The sassy lady sitting on the hatboxes in the snow is perhaps waiting for someone to come home and let her in? To this door and the first door I attached chipboard lanterns. The candles in the lantern are made from beads and the flame is yellow paint. The snowflake sequins are attached using Glossy Accents. I used my finger to apply paint to the raised areas of the wreath and attached gold beads and a reindeer button.
On the backside of the door behind the cutout I attached the grill work piece that came from the transparency version of the Round Things collage sheet.
Alpha Stamps Products Used for Door #5
Retro Bottle Brush Tree Set – Large tree in the set
Holiday Jubilee Resin Embellishments - WreathDie-Cut Chipboard Lanterns Set
I hope you enjoy this project and stay tuned for more seasonal project ideas and tutorials.