Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mixed Media advent calendar

I have been working on a Mixed Media Advent Calendar for a swap on AFTCM for the better part of a week now - off and on between cleaning up and sorting my stuff!!
I am so happy with how it worked out!!!!!!!!!!
I used heavy weight cardstock - the backs I ripped off of commercial cards before I refurbished them for donating. Check out the cards here and here.

 Check out the process I used for decorating both sides of these papers before I created the little houses.  For the backs - the glossy ones have alcohol ink backgrounds and the matte ones have collage.  All the fronts were decorated with a multiple step paper decorating process that used a handmade stamp, acrylic paint and plastic wrap.  Fun!!
To keep all the houses looking like they belonged in the same neighborhood I decided they would all have black roofs, A's down their sides, a door and windows.  Each also has a number which doubles as a house number.  After all, we need to know how many sleeps before the big day!!
So there are little houses, big houses, skinny houses and everything  in between. Even a few duplexes!!
 Some with chimneys, some with dormers, some with hedges and a wide variety of roof styles.  The scored flaps are folded to the back and tied on the sides with fiber to create a little pocket which holds the surprise of the day as we count down.  The letters on the roofs and down the sides were created with decorative packing tape I bought at Michaels last year!!
 Worked so well - added texture and a funky style to the whole lot!!  It was fun to design doors and windows for each house and hand draw the details.  They were all layered and watercoloured to give them a bit of dimension.  None of the houses are exactly the same.
 So click on the photos and check out the fun little details I added.  A little bit of something below the roof line, something above or around the door, etc.  I used brads and eyelets for the door handles.
They have numbers on the backs as well.  These were die cut from foil lids!!  The little pockets are waiting to be filled!!
It has been a super fun project.  It can be used to count down to any occasion and left up year round should the recipient be so inclined!!
A wonderful little neighborhood!!


I have a few leftover card backs which I hope to use to make another little village.  Maybe I will use different architectural guidelines for the next one!!!  What fun!!  They can stand on a shelf or mantle or maybe could be tied together to stand independantly.
Consider making yourself a fun little advent calendar that you can reuse every year to count down to Christmas and, if you make it fun enough, it will decorate your house or studio all year long!!  A new tradition!!
Would love to see what you have created!  Leave a comment and include a link!!

Therese

6 comments:

  1. Wow! Those house came out great. What a creative idea!

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  2. The houses are amazing. I love what you did. Its pure genius!

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  3. These are wonderful. What a great idea to use the little row houses for your calendar. Love the colours on your little envelopes.

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  4. So what do you do - do you keep the houses and and fill each one with a gift from the swap, or do you send the whole house to your group? They are awesome, BTW!

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    1. I have sent my swap partner all the houses!! Each house has a fun surprise in the back pocket. So there is one for each day of December until Christmas!! The calendar is reusable!! Next year it can be filled with treats, activities or crafty stuff. I suggested filling it early in the year so the little gifts will be a surprise when they are opened in December.

      I am pretty happy with the way it turned out!!

      Therese

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    2. I have sent my swap partner all the houses!! Each house has a fun surprise in the back pocket. So there is one for each day of December until Christmas!! The calendar is reusable!! Next year it can be filled with treats, activities or crafty stuff. I suggested filling it early in the year so the little gifts will be a surprise when they are opened in December.

      I am pretty happy with the way it turned out!!

      Therese

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