Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Meet Professor Christmas...By Nicks

For my second project for The Artistic Stamper I just had to use my favourite stamp of The Artistic Stamper Christmas collection - Tick Tock Father Christmas



A few weeks ago my very understanding OH brought home some conical vases that some one was throwing out, because he had a suspicion that I could do something with them. Did I want them?? Of course I did!!



With Santa in one hand and a bottle in the other, it was obvious that the shape was perfect for a Santa shape and so this Christmas Steampunk Decoration evolved.

I dribbled some alcohol inks into the bottle and swirled it around, I didn't want it to cover the whole inside. I then partly filled the bottle with some bits and pieces from my stash - some hardware (I have more in my craft room that OH has in his toolbox!), some Tim's idea-ology bits and some Christmas Stars and snowflakes.



The Prof's cloak was made from a piece of wire mesh cut to shape and covered organza and roughly sewn along the sides with silver thread and edged with some washer thingamajigs - don't ask me what the are really called! - The sack was made from an odd bit of hessian I had lying around and filled with some rusty nails my son found in his friends dad's workshop.

I stamped the Santa stamp onto some TSS metal using stazon ink. Dry embossed with with a selection of the TSS tools and working from the back of the metal on a thick foam mat and using a paper stump, plumped (is that the word??) his face. Before trimming him down I filled the back with some lightweight polyfilla and allowed to harden - this keeps the shape of the metal.



He needed arms - He now has arms and a chest because I stuck him on top of a skeleton which I had saved from Halloween




I love Prof Christmas and he looks very much at home on our mantelpiece - not sure he will go in the Christmas Dec box after the festivities are over though!

Thanks for looking! I will be back again after Christmas, so I'll wish you all a very Happy Christmas now but if you would like to see some more project using the lovely AS stamps hop over to my blog each day before Christmas where I am opening my advent calendar every day and sharing a 'me time' treat with you all

13 comments:

Leti (iluv2craft) said...

This is a really cool project. and just adorable. and creative!

Rumtruffle said...

This is really good fun, I love the bottles there is a huge potential there for all sorts of projects, how about the 12 bottle of 2011 eg Valentines, Mothers Day, Easter etc etc!!

Vic said...

Fantastic!!

Anesha said...

Wonderful project!!!

Joanne said...

Such an amazing and utterly creative Santa. Incredible.

Debs said...

Wow Santa totally rocks!

Artyjen said...

Fabby project....sooooo jealous of those bottles ;)
xoxo Sioux

craftytrog said...

Awesome!!

Minxy said...

OMG you've done an immense job, its awesome Nicks

Janeyc49 said...

Amazing! What a fabulous piece of art ! Love it.

Anonymous said...

WOW mate! You didn't tell me about this lol
He is gorgeous
Sparkles

Sid said...

You have certainly got it all bottled up there !! Great piece !

Netty said...

Totally terrific, such wonderful imagination Nicks. Annette x