Difficulty Rating: EASY
Time: 1 hour
I fell in love with City Sidewalks the second I saw it. … The colors are fabulous and those buildings just spoke to me. I remembered an old Victorian technique (a form of decoupage, I think) where you stack the same die cut on top of one another to create dimension. I thought this technique would work beautifully with the buildings… So, I set out to create some wall art for the holidays.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- City Sidewalks Digital kit by Kimeric Kreations and Paper Garden Projects
- 3 sheets of white card stock or matte photo paper (I used matte photo paper)
- A printer
- Scissors or cutting machine (I used my Silhouette Cameo)
- Foam adhesive dots
- 8X10 frame or 8×10 white canvas with optional gray acrylic paint
I wanted the buildings to be at different depths so I printed and cut them as shown below. I used my silhouette’s print and cut feature, but don’t fret if you don’t have a cutting machine… these would be easy to cut by hand.
Using foam adhesive dots, I attached the first set of buildings (labeled 1 in the pic below) to the gray striped background paper. Then I attached the second set of building (labeled 2 below) directly on top of the first set. I attached the final building (labeled 3 below) directly on top of the second set.
I then headed into my craft room to grab an 8×10 black frame that I had purchased at the dollar store months ago. I also grabbed a used 8×10 canvas that was a reject from a prior project gone awry (hey, it happens…lol). Using some gray acrylic craft paint, I painted the edges and about a 1 inch strip around the front of the canvas. Had I been using a brand new canvas, I probably would have just left it white and unpainted. And here’s how both versions look.
And here’s an angled close up so you can see the layering.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that after I got the buildings all assembled onto the background, the area at the top looked too empty, so I added a Merry Christmas label from the kit as a banner… the perfect finishing touch.
So which version do you prefer… the framed version or the canvas version? My hubby prefers the framed one …because it’ll keep the dust off of it over the years. (He’s always the practical one.) I prefer the canvas version …because you can see the dimension better. (And if it gets too dusty, I’ll just re-create it… that’s the beauty of digital files…right?!)
This was such a quick and easy project… If you decide to give it a go, I’d love to see your version. Please include a link to yours in the comments below (so we can ooooh and aaaah over it).
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