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