Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Legend of the Christmas Spider ala Studio 490

Ah, the 4th and final part of the last challenge for this year over on the EverthingWendyVecchi Yahoo group.  The month-long challenge was fun...4 chances to win a prize...just for entering holiday artwork featuring Studio 490 products.  This could be stamps, stencils, embossing paste, Blossom Bucket pieces, Clearly For Art or Art Parts.  Can't get any easier to make great art!

Last week I shared with you the Legend of the Christmas Spider ala Tim Holtz.  Here's a similar idea ala Studio 490.

Hmmm...this kind of looks like an old-fashioned hearth, doesn't it?  Using Tim/Sizzix Vintage Cabinet and Mini Cabinet dies I cut out several layers from thin corrugated board.  All were covered with the Picket Fence distress stain.

The text (Art of Making It Merry) insert was stamped in Iced Spruce distress ink.  I stamped the spiders (Botanical Art) using the gold and silver paint dabbers.  The main text was stamped using embossing ink and super fine black detail embossing powder.

On the top frame I used Wendy's new embossing paste.  Once dry I swabbed some distress stains over the bricks, even adding a touch of the newer brass stain for just a bit of glimmer.

I colored a scrap of sticky back canvas with Iced Spruce, Pine Needles, Bundled Sage, and Evergreen Bough distress inks.  Once dry I pressed it onto a scrap of grungeboard, distressing the edges with a scratchy tool.  I sprayed Krylon gold and silver webbing spray all over the tree to create the spider web/tinsel.  Xmas Red Stickles ornaments and a gold star brad decorate the tree.

The legend (refer back to the 17th) was printed out, rolled up and tied with red twine.  I scruffed up the edges with my fingers and brown distress ink.  Two black cardstock spider punches were covered with Glossy Accents to finish the piece.  I do have an easel back (Sizzix/Tim) on this piece so it's free standing.

I hope you can keep the spirit of the holiday alive in your heart each and every day!


  1. This is so pretty. Not a fan of spiders but this story could get me to like them a bit. The story is really neat.

  2. Gorgeous!!! Love seeing that spider again! The cutout in the bricks is fabulous! Great make! I hope you have a super holiday!!!!!

  3. Love this piece with your funky bricks, Susan. The days are flying by this month and I'm behind on blog visits, but wanted stop and say hello, and wish you and yours the happiest of holidays.

  4. pure & simple...

    this is AWESOME! love it!

  5. Really cool Susan! Love the brick on the frame, that's a great idea! The story of the spiders makes for a great background story.

  6. This is stunning--all those details and techniques! Love it!

  7. This is cute. I could totally see a picture in the little frame too instead of the verse. Clever girl!

  8. This is cute. I could totally see a picture in the little frame too instead of the verse. Clever girl!