Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Jingle Bell Sled

Today is the second day of Crafty Sentiments Designs Christmas in July New Release! There are so many adorable images released! Check them all out at Crafty Sentiments Inspirations! Also we will be giving away a Christmas present to one lucky follower who leaves us a comment on the Inspirations blog! AND you could win a 2 month GDT spot each day on the 8th, 9th, and 10th! How awesome is that!
This image is called Jingle Bells! Below is a tutorial on how I made this Christmas sled. :)

Here is the original sled. I almost forgot to take a picture before I covered the entire thing with gesso.

This is my first attempt! FAIL! I painted it backwards! I had to sand it off and start over. :'(

Here is what it looked like as I was sanding it. I thought this made an interesting barn door look. But I had something different in mind. 

So onto painting it over! :) I painted the entire sled with white acrylic paint this time.

I then added the crackle medium over the white paint. When it had fully dried, I painted over the medium with red and green acrylic paints. I painted the edges with brown acrylic paint.

As it dries it will begin to make nice crackle accents. When it fully dried, I added my embellishments. I tied a bow with some Christmas ribbon and added 3 tiny jingle bells to the center. I also added larger bells to the sides and tied with twine. I colored the image with my copic markers and added some berries to frame it! Here it is finished!

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
5 Simple Things - Anything Goes linky party
Allsorts - Favorite Things (stamps, ribbon, copics, crackle)
LEJ Designs - Christmas in July
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
The Squirrel and the Fox - Christmas in July
Whimsical Designs - Christmas in July
Shelly's Images - Christmas in July
Simply Create Too - Christmas in July
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
Natalie and Amy - Trash to Treasure
Pin and Tack Spark your creativity now - Anything Goes
An Inky Situation - Anything Goes


  1. I LOVE altered wood crafts, and your sleigh is beautifully altered! Thank you for playing along with us at Altered Eclectics first challenge!

  2. A beautiful creation, thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week, xxx

  3. OMGosh this is AWESOME! Love the cracked paint ... perfect for a vintage look sleigh! Fabulous coloring on this adorable project!
    Thanks so much for joining our "Anything Goes – Christmas In July Edition" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!
    Shelly's Images Design Team

  4. What a lovely project and love your image thanks for joining us over at The Squirrel and The Fox hugs Denise DT xx

  5. A great Christmas project. The image is very cute. Thank you for joining us for The Christmas in July challenge here at The Squirrel and The Fox.

  6. So so gorgeous ..... I love the crackling effect ...great job xx

    Thanks for joining us at LEJ DESIGNS CHALLENGE BLOG


  7. Gorgeous creation! What an awesome gift this will be for some lucky person!

  8. Dropped by to tell you that your Light of the World card at Word Art Wednesday is wonderful! Amazing! patsy

  9. What a gorgeous creation Jackie! Thank you so much for entering it to our challenge at Allsorts this week and good luck!

  10. Very cute! Thanks for playing in Bugaboo's "Anything Goes" challenge.

  11. It's just stunning.
    Thanks for joining us at at Shelly's Images.
    Hugs Miranda
    Shelly's Images Design Team

  12. What a very pretty Christmas project and what a lot of work!
    Thanks for joining us at “Simply Create Too”, hope to see you next time again.

    DT-Member SCT

  13. OMG, this is amazing Jackie. You are sooo clever. I love everything about this project. Good to have you with us at Natalie and Amy this month. Hugs Sheryl xx

  14. This is very, very pretty! I love making Christmas decorations. Several years ago I painted a snowman scene on a sled very similar to this (it was a painting class I took). I might just sand that sled down and do something like yours. I love the crackle look. Your failed attempt with the old barn look is REALLY nice! Sandra


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