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Thursday 14 August 2014

Christmas Mannequin

Good morning folks, well I'm enjoying a few days off work and hoping to get ahead with my Christmas crafting. I do love making Christmas cards but I just fancied a play and wanted to make something a bit different so I've altered a paper mache mannequin and given her a bit of a frosty Christmas look for my entry for this month's challenge at the Indigo Blu Challenge which is Christmas in July.

I began by giving her a  coat of white gesso and then painted her with my new Indigo Blu acrylic paints using Grandma's Teacup for her dress and Pink Iced Gems above. I used the Baubles Flourish A6 stamp and Majestic Blue versafine stamped on tissue and applied to the Mannequin with Slap-it on medium to decorate her dress and the foot.  For a bit of texture I added some Maimeri Light modelling paste through a harlequin stencil and once it was dry applied some silver gilding wax.
 I added a glittery 'belt' by sprinkling glass glitter on some red line tape and added a snowflake charm on some silver twine around her neck. Her skirt is made from tulle that I cut to make a kind of fringe (doesn't show up too well on the photo I'm afraid. 

I used the gorgeous Indigo Blu A6 Big butterfly stamp to create her wings, this was a bit of an experiment but I'm really pleased with the result. I stamped the butterfly on white Clearly for Art film  using Flitter glu and gilded with Gin and Tonic gilding flakes. I then had a bit of a lighbulb moment as I couldn't be bothered to get my markers to colour the wings so decided to try and colour with versafine and discovered that if you add a wee bit of Easy Peasy Stamp cleaner you can get a watercolour effect with your inkpad! 

I attached the wings with some hot glue and then heated them with my heat gun to shape them.

I'm also entering this project in the following challenges:
All crafts: anything but  a card
Altered Eclectics: anything goes 
Amusing : Christmas
Crafters Cafe: anything but a card
Creatalicious: Monochromatic
Penny Black and more: anything goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit: anything goes altered art

Well I'm going to make the most of my day off and the sunshine and take the dogs out for a walk now so have a good day and thanks for popping by today
Claire xx


  1. So pretty Claire and I love the colours used. Clever ole you x x

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  2. absolutely stunning make Claire - how did I miss this one? Hugs rachel xx

  3. Absolutely lovely project, fantastic tip about Easy peasy stamp cleaner and versafine too, just goes to show that Indigoblu products have more than one use! Thank you for joining us at Indigoblu this month, good luck.
    Nikki K. xx

  4. This is so pretty .... love your colour choice. Thanks for joining in with the IndigoBlu challenge .... good luck! Linda xx

  5. Fabulous. Love how you've altered her and love the colours, x

  6. WOW - this is so pretty. Love it.

  7. Great idea and good luck in the IndigoBlu Challenge
    P xx

  8. What a fantastic mannequin Claire packed full with really clever ideas. LOVE those wings! Thank you so much for joining us at IndigoBlu. Jenny x

  9. Wonderful design! This is beautifully executed! Thanks for stopping by the Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog. We look forward to your next visit!

  10. such a pretty dress! I'd wear that myself! Many thanks for joining the Rosie’s Creative Spirit challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  11. This is lovely. I especially love the necklace! Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  12. Truly beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us at The Crafter's Cafe this week.
    Fiona DT

  13. This is beautiful work - TFS with us over at Altered Eclectics this month. Hugz xxx

  14. Simply stunning and thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More this month, luv Sam x

  15. Love the wings!

    Thanks for entering the IndigoBlu Challenge

  16. So pretty and those wings are amazing. Nice to see something a little different too. Thank you for joining us at CHNC Extra.

  17. Great project. I love the snowflake necklace. Thank you for sharing with us at Sparkles Christmas Challenges for our 'Snowflakes' challenge.

    Hugs Helen P (DT) x

  18. Wow - so different and beautiful. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for my CHNC challenge extra for August - hope to see you again soon x

  19. Wow, this is just stunning. I love this piece, such beautiful details and the wings are just gorgeous. Wonderful for Christmas decor. Thank you for joining and sharing with at All Crafts Challenge.
    Deborah DT


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