Wednesday, 10 December 2014

ATC Christmas Decoration

 Back in April I made a little hanging from chunky ATC's - the post is here. It has been on the wall of my study out of sight of the world, so I decided to give it a makeover! Over at the Artist Trading Post and The Mirror Crack'd the theme is to recycle - so I am hoping they will allow a recycled project! At Our Creative Corner it is Christmas ATC's.
Original project:
Strip it down.....

Then lots of star and snowflake die cuts, some gesso, black paint, lots of treasure gold and the base of my Christmas decoration was done. I then added the poinsettia, '25' and 'Peace' die cuts. The 25 and Poinsettia are coloured with festive berries DS before stamping with a script stamp and then various embossing powders sprinkled over for texture and a bit of sparkle!

I also coloured the original hessian with tarnished brass DS and the driftwood with gilding wax.

I have hung my little decoration in the hall now - so others may see it. I use the word hall loosely - it sounds so posh - I mean the little cubbyhole you come in from the front door!

I would also like to play along at:
Eclectic Ellapu - Purple team - Christmas
Eclectic Ellapu - Pink team - Vintage
Mixed Media Monthly Tic Tac Toe (Star, die cut, glitter, stamps)
Have a good day.


  1. What an amazing transformation Nikki! I love all of the amazing textures you created, such a wonderful mix of metallic bits! Fabulous wall hanging and an incredible Christmas make! big holiday hugs :)

  2. What scrumptious textures, Nikki - I love the metallic look. The embossing powder on the poinsettia is completely inspired - looks amazing!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner.
    Alison xx

  3. Wow,another beautiful creation Nikki,wonderful recycling :). I do love your poinsettia,they always have so much depth

    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  4. Oh wow Nikki, this is simply stunning!!! Absolutely love what you did here, such a beautiful hanger!! Great recycling too! Oh and thanks for adding it to our challenge at Our Creative Corner!

  5. Fantastic decoration with a wonderful rustic look to it

    Love Chrissie x

  6. What a fantastic transformation, it was nice before but you really have taken it to another level. Love it! Anne xx

  7. Hi Nikki!! Love the Christmas transformation of your spring time hanging!! Just LOVE That!! I hope this is its permanent state-it's AWESOME :) I love that each panel is its own little Christmastime celebration!! Thank you for joining us over at the Eclectic Ellapu Purple Team challenge of "Christmas-But not a Card" :) This is a Fabulous creation!! (you should enter this over at the EE Pink Team too--they have the Vintage Christmas theme going!) :) XOXO-Shari

  8. Wow, Nikki! Gorgeous hanging and what a brilliant idea! xxx

    1. Also, thank you for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu! xx

  9. Thats a fantastic piece of recycling Nikki. It will look beautiful hanging in your hall for Christmas.
    Yvonne x
    p.s. thank you for sharing it with us at ATP Exchange.

  10. That's what I call a fab piece of recycling.
    Julie x

  11. That's a gorgeous idea and a wonderful decoration.

  12. What a gorgeous decoration. Gosh you are clever, skilled and truly a lovely artist !! Love your techniques, stamping, stencilling etc. Great texture !!
    Thanks a lot for sharing . Hugs from Monica.... Spain

  13. That wall hanging is absolutely adorable, Nikki!

    Love the texture as well as the surface treatment of all the elements added! Thank you for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner!

    Claudia x

  14. Love the transformation Nikki! So much texture and depth. I also love that you took an old project and recycled it into this beauty. Thanks so much for joining us at ATP Exchange and (with my other hat) at Our Creative Corner.
    Julia xx

  15. A great idea to recycle your art ! Thank you for joining our recycle for Christmas challenge over at the Artist Trading Post Exchange toni x

  16. I love using ATCs to create such an awesome decorative piece!! It's gorgeous! Thanks for joining us this month at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  17. Always love to see recycled art and this is lovely, great texture and detail.
    Thanks for sharing it with us at The Mirror Crack'd, Angela R. x

  18. Fabulous design and superb makeover of the hanging! So glad you joined in the fun at The Mirror Crack'd challenge.

  19. Oh. my. GOODNESS! This is such a fantastic project!! I'm loving the texture and the distressed feel. I'm sure anyone would be proud to display this in their home. Thanks for joining in at the Eclectic Ellapu challenge this month.

  20. Hello Nikki,
    I just saw this entry on the Blog (TMC) which I am a dt for, and although you are not my number for commenting I just had to have a peek at what you have made and I am so pleased that I popped in.
    Goodness Nikki you should do more altered Art as you have a talent for the genre. Love, love the poinsettia, the texture all through this project is so pleasing to my eye.
    Thanks for joining us this month at TMC.

  21. beautiful and brilliant -- a fabulous project! xo

  22. I love how you transformed this. Just beautiful! Thanks for joining the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  23. beautiful hanging! i really love the poinsettia card. glad to know im not the only one who tears apart old projects! lol Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge! And Happy New year!

  24. Fabulous transformation. You would never know it was from the same base as the first one. Great idea to just go back to the base and rebuild it

    Thanks for sharing this beauty with us

    The Mirror Crack'd

  25. Congrats on your win at the Mixed Media Place Nikki xx

  26. Haha just realised there is a mixed media place, meant the Mixed Media Challenge Blog - must get out of the habit of referring to it as that xx


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