Saturday, October 31, 2020

Christmas Wooden Block - Beach Theme

I made this Christmas decor piece for a friend of mine that loves Tim Holtz products and techniques. I decided on a beach themed Christmas piece because she owns a home on the beach. The Sea-Maiden paper collection from Authentique was the starting point for my idea. It's the perfect paper for this project because it matches the decor in her beautiful home. I also love that the papers are vintage inspired beach designs. The collection is absolutely gorgeous! I had so much fun making this Christmas piece because it's non-traditional looking in color and theme.  

 

Keep reading if you'd like to see more photos of this piece as well as additional details and a supply list!

 

I wanted the Down By The Sea print to be on the front of the wood block because it's such a pretty vintage scene. I cut it down so it would fit on the front of the block. Papers with starfish and coral images were used to decorate the left and right sides of the block.


I wrapped some natural twine around the block and attached some antique bronze beach charms to the twine and finished it with a bow. Tim Holtz Box Feet were attached to the bottom of the wood block to make it look more like a finished piece. Tim Holtz Gold Mixative was applied to the feet to give it an antique finish. 


I made sure to decorate the piece on all four sides so that it would look finished from every angle.


The decorations on the tree are a combination of Kaisercraft wood veneer shapes and Tim Holtz baubles. The gold baubles were created by placing a few drops of Tim Holtz Gold Mixative into a small plastic cup with a cover and swirling the baubles around in the mixative until they were completely covered in gold. Very easy to do and the results are stunning! I topped the tree with a starfish charm.


This is a before and after photo of the wood veneer shapes. The top row is how they looked with the original raw wood finish. The bottom row is how they looked after I altered them with 2 coats of acrylic paint, Ranger Ultra Thick Clear Embossing Powder, Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass Distress Paint and another layer of the clear embossing powder.


Each layer was completely dry before the next product was applied. It was a bit of a time consuming process, but it was totally worth the time and effort because they add another little bit of beach detail to the piece.

 

Here is an up close view of the Christmas scene that I arranged on top of the wood block. I adhered the faux wood paper from the Sea-Maiden paper collection to the top of the wood block. I painted a Tim Holtz Salvaged Santa with Tim Holtz tarnished brass and black soot Distress Paints along with a blueish-green acrylic paint that matches the color of the paper. After the paint was dry, I used my finger nail to scratch off paint in random spots on the Santa to give it an aged look. The gift boxes were created by covering tiny wood blocks with the Authentique paper and wrapping twine around them and finishing with a bow. I used Grit Paste to mimic white sand. It was applied after the Santa, boxes and trees were in place on top of the block. Gold baubles were added to finish the top of the scene. 


I hope you enjoyed reading how I created this beach themed Christmas block.
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Here is a link to the other block I made:


 ...Beth

 

Ingredients:

 
  • Authentique Sea-Maiden Paper Collection
  • Tim Holtz Woodland Trees
  • Tim Holtz Salvaged Santa
  • Tim Holtz Thimble
  • Tim Holtz Baubles
  • Tim Holtz Twine
  • Tim Holtz Box Feet
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paint: black soot & tarnished brass
  • Tim Holtz Gold Mixative
  • Distress Collage Medium
  • Ranger Ultra Thick Embossing Powder
  • Grit Paste
  • Beach Charms
  • Mini Wood Blocks 
  • 3" x 3" Wooden Block
  • Kaisercraft Wood Veneer Shapes
 

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