I saw Richele Christensen’s Holiday Assemblage Clock project on Instagram and was enchanted so I had to make my own version. I am not as rustic style-wise so decided to go with a slightly more modernized cityscape, creating a loose interpretation of the Denver skyline and Rocky Mountains behind.
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First, I disassembled the Assemblage Clock using a pliers. Then, I pounced all of the components with several Alcohol Ink colors (Denim, Stonewashed, Meadow, Snow Cap Mixative) using my Alcohol Ink Blending Tool and felt. I also pounced 3 strips of foil tape with Alcohol Inks (Snow Cap Mixative, Gold Mixative, Denim) and then die cut snowflakes out of the strips using Elizabeth Craft Designs Snowflake die set. I peeled the tape backing off of the snowflakes and placed them on to the bells from the clock as well as the sides of the clock body. Once this was done, I reassembled the clock.
For the inside, I began by tracing the size of the interior back using the round backing piece from the clock on to Bristol Smooth Cardstock. I then used Distress Inks and my Mini Blending Tool to blend on various colors (Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Black Soot) to create the look of a night sky. I sprayed the paper with water using my Distress Sprayer and blotted it off with a paper towel for the look of stars. I also added additional stars with a Uniball White Gel Pen and a Sakura Stardust Gel Pen in Clear. The mountains I die cut from white and gray cardstock using papertrey ink’s Scene It Mountain View dies. I put the 2 die cuts together in gray card stock and layered that on top of 1 of the mountain die cuts in white using 2 layers of foam tape. The snowy caps were all die cut from white and glittered using Glossy Accents and Distress Glitter in Clear Rock Candy.
The cityscape was stamped using Papertrey Ink’s City Scene stamp set and Altenew’s Evening Gray and Moon Rock ink pads. I wanted a white and gray scene so stamped the various building detail stamps on to white cardstock using the two shades of gray ink and then die cut them out using the matching dies. For one building, I turned the top into the “cash register” building in Denver and added 2 small buildings (just rectangles) with windows drawn on using Distress Markers in Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke. The cityscape was then adhered to a strip of white cardstock and then had multiple layers of card board (3 layers) and foam tape (3 layers) added to the back to really pop it off the mountain background.
To complete the interior, I created a small cardboard platform into which I cut 3 slits and fed 3 small Merry Minis trees (painted with white acrylic paint and Distress Glitter) into the slots and glued their bases to the underside of the platform. The cardboard platform had been covered with white cardstock that also provided a flap in front to cover the tree bases. To further disguise the platform, I adhered fake snow flakes all over it using double sided tape and glue. This piece was then adhered to the base of the cityscape and cotton balls (pulled apart) were adhered around the edges to create the appearance of snow. I adhered small dewdrop LED lights all around the interior of the clock next to the edge of the glass front using Craft Glue Dots and ran the battery pack out the back. Then the entire mountain and city piece was gently pushed into the clock and closed to complete the interior scene.
For finishing touches, a pine branch design from the online Silhouette Design Store was used to cut pine branches from white, gray and silver cardstock and then mixed together and adhered to the top of the clock, framing the scene. Small gold jingle bells were turned white-ish using Snow Cap Mixative and then tied into a bundle using shipping tag twine. This was adhered over the pine branches using a glue dot and draped to one side, entwined in the branches. Finally, a silver bow was added to the clock handle to complete the project.
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OTHER: Cardboard, Pliers, Cotton Balls, White Acrylic Paint. Silver Ribbon