Christmas Canvas for Off the Rails December challenge

A quick little share today. I have created a reverse canvas for the challenge over at Off the Rails Scrapbooking this month.

We have two mood palettes on offer this month to get your festive ideas flowing. I chose to go with the more traditional palette for this project but you could easily achieve this using the non traditional option as well.

I've never attempted a reverse canvas before but I had all these little bits and pieces that I'd collected to make a configuration box. I made the box last year for Christmas and had these bits left over.

The fire place I made from cardboard (it took me ages!) but I like the end result. The piles of "wood" stacked in and next to the fire place are actual twigs collected from the garden. I simply painted the ones in the fires place with some black gesso to make them look burnt like coal. The little violin is one of those tiny old plastic Christmas tree ornaments. My Nana used to hang them on her miniature tree that sat in the middle of the kitchen table. I coloured it with brown alcohol ink. The wreath is a frond that I trimmed from our old Christmas tree. It's wire centred so I just curled it around to make a circle and added some berry embellishments.

The Christmas tree I purchased from eBay years ago in a set. I still have 4 of them left. They are old miniature decorations from the 60's. They are a bit bent and covered in crusty replica snow but I think that adds to their charm. The little presents again I made from pieces of cardboard and wrapped them in brown tissue paper. The same tissue paper I used to cover the inside of the canvas and around the edges. I finished them off by tying a little piece of cotton around each one like a ribbon (very fiddly aaagggghhhh!). The image of Father Christmas unpacking his gifts comes from some Kaszazz Christmas themed papers called
"card collage" from the Vintage Christmas range on page 141 of their current catalogue that you can browse HERE. Just perfect for this diorama.

The Christmas baubles are from 2Crafty Chipboard. I coloured two of them with Distress Stain and two with old book pages and then edged them all in black. They are hanging by some black cotton.

The last little feature is this adorable Prima frame. Again, using the Kaszazz card collage paper piece, I trimmed a picture that lokked like a portrait and stuck it behind the frame.

I love this little creation and it looks gorgeous sitting up with my Christmas Configuration Box from last year.

Our sponsor for December is KASZAZZ. Pam Kuhn, independent consultant has offered a $25.00 gift voucher to the winner (Overseas customers stamps only)

So get your Christmas project entered over on the blog at OTR. You can gather some more inspiration on our members Face Book Page and keep up with the latest blog posts.

Good luck and Merry Christmas xx


  1. I just saw your sweet face over at SATW...congratulations!!!! You have an amazing bright fun style and I can't wait to see what you create! I hope you are enjoying the holidays down under and I wish you a healthy Happy New Year! Hugs, Lisa :)

    1. Awww thank you so much Lisa. You have seriously just made my day xx Yes I am enjoying my down under holidays lol it's beautiful and warm and I'm at the beach :) I do miss creating though. I'm sure I'll be back into it in no time. Make sure you have a very awesome New Year too 😊


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