Saturday, September 19, 2020

Milk Cap Christmas Tree Version 2 - Christmas Idea-ology

Wasn't that Idea-ology Christmas reveal from Tim Holtz amazing? If you missed it, check out his facebook page for a replay. So many new and returning Idea-ology products.  I wanted to share one of my makes today. It may look familiar to some of you who have been following me for awhile. I made a version of this two years ago using the milk caps from the everyday line and some vintage optical lenses I bought from Tim when he was selling off some of his stash. LOL This is the updated version with some of the new Ideaology goodies.
The Idea-ology Optical Lenses are part of the everyday line. They make a perfect frame for some of the Christmas Milk Caps that you might want to highlight.
I wanted to keep as many round items as I could on the piece, so I added some of the tokens. I colored the text by rubbing Candied Apple Distress Paint into them and then wiping the excess off. You can achieve the same look by rubbing Distress Crayon into the text as well. I also rubbed Candied Apple Distress Paint onto the poinsettia adornments and rubbed it off so the metal still shows, but it looks like they are old and the paint wore off.
This metal frame technique is one I learned in a class from the incomparable Paula Cheney. I started off with an Idea-ology Framed Panel and some Ranger Foil Tape. I detailed the technique on the first blog post so instead of reinventing the wheel, I'm just going to say, check it out here: Milk Cap Christmas Tree.
When it was all put together I wanted to add a little sparkle, so before I attached to the Optical Lenses, I sprayed the entire piece with Distress Resist Spray and then dusted it with Distress Rock Candy Glitter using the Glitter Duster.
I love how it adds just that little bit of Christmas Magic!
Also, this paper is also one of my favorite Stampers Anonymous background stamps and I adore that it is a black Christmas Paper in the new paper pad. Love, love, love!!!
One last little tidbit, I added a Word Band at the bottom with some Long Fasteners just to kind of anchor the piece.

Also, just a note that I also covered the back of the panel with the Foil Tape. Before attaching the frame, I cut 1.5" strips and adhered them on all the edges, folding them over onto the back of the piece, then I just trimmed a full 6x12" piece to the length of the back and adhered it. I aged it with the Distress Crayons the same way I did the frame. Then I attached them together.

Thanks for stopping by to see my new, updated version of this project. It's one of my favorite holiday makes from years past. It goes so perfectly on my kitchen mantle at Christmas, with a vintage milk bottle we got from my husband's grandfather.

I have links below to all the new products and some of the older ones I used in my makes this year. Enjoy! And stay tuned for some upcoming tutorials on some of my other makes in the coming weeks.


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Paula Cheney said...

so, so fun Tami! I love the frame and the way you colored the metal pieces. What a way to kick off the season! Thank you, thank you for all you do to support the brand. xo

scrappergirl56 said...

I made the one 2 years ago when I was the winner of the Optical Lenses that you gave away. Now, I will need to make version 2 to go beside the other one...don't want it to be lonely...LOL...Love it just as much today as I did 2 years ago....

Maureen Reiss said...

These are Fabulous!!!!

Maura said...

I love this tree! Your work is beautiful, and I was inspired to make my own version of it for the Simon Monday Challenge. A friend had found your project and shared it with me. Thanks so much for the inspiration, Tami! Maura

Becky Sorensen said...

Paula, I just love this and am making my own. How did you attach the frame to the board back??