Saturday, January 2, 2016

Alpha Stamps Miniature Faerie Theatre

I just love the tiny shadowboxes from Alpha Stamps - and the coordinating 
collage sheets that fit each one perfectly!
 Even though they're a bit in the way when you're working on the piece, the very first thing you want to do is install the miniature carriage lamps on either side of the stage. They need to be done before anything goes any further. Once they're installed all the pain-staking work is done!
 To start this one I used several copies of one image (the curtains) and layered them with pop-dots, giving them a paper tole work look and depth. I also used a riser available which brought the stage floor up to the higher proscenium opening on this particular facade. (Later this month I'll show you another one that doesn't require a riser.) The plaid paper is just a paper 'hinge' used over the apron to give a nice smooth corner to the stage.
 Next, I started fussy cutting, and cut a lot of the figures and characters from a collage sheet (see supply list for collage sheet title). The figures are so tiny, it was a bit of a challenge for my big clumsy fingers, but I was happy with the way they turned out. I added stickles on the faeries' ribbons, a piece of silk ribbon on the horse drawn carriage, and a brass filigree 'halo' over the horse drawn faery.
 Next on the agenda was to add a metallic cord tassel, pink sweeper fringe and crystal "bushes" behind  the dancing faeries. (The quartz crystals came from my stash.)
Finally, we add the theatre facade, add several layers of images for depth, add a piece of fancy
filigree hardware over the proscenium, add a fancy brass medallion at the apex of the facade, trim out the top and bottom with gold foil Dresden trim, add ball-foot foundation legs (I painted mine black with gold balls), and create a multi-layer rosette for the top of the mini theatre.

 If you would like to make a special faery mini theatre for yourself - or as a gift! - here is the supply list - almost everything is available from Alpha Stamps

Theatre Francais Shadowbox Façade

Deep Open Front 4.5 x 5.5 Shadowbox

Deep 5.5 Shadowbox Riser

2 – Wall Sconce Victorian Coach Lamp

Square Shadowbox Curtains Pink collage sheet

French Fairies Shadowbox  Facade collage sheet

Metallic Gold Tassel

Fancy Leaf Header Filigree

Lightweight RoundBrass Filigree

Gold Ric Rac Dresden Borders Set

Foundations (Box Feet)

4 Clear Crystals

Amour Ribbon Set

Large Brass Filigree Corner
Pink Sweeper Fringe
The only items used not from Alpha Stamps is the pink rhinestone in the Leaf Header Filigree
and the papers and rhinestones for the rooftop rosette. Everything else can be acquired through Alpha Stamps.
You can find everything used at this search address: Supply List

... now, go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan

 Cary Grant magically trims the Christmas tree as Dudley in the
holiday classic, "The Bishop's Wife."


Jackie PN said...

OMG!!!! Absolutely Brilliant!! Gobsmackingly beautiful!
Tristan your skills amaze me! As I sit here reading and viewing your steps(and not even all of them...) I am in awe! I mean look how tiny everything is-ah-ma-zing!
Truly a stage fit for a King&Queen! So well done!
Jackie ")

Createology said...

Simply Enchanting work of HeArt Dear. 2016 will be an amazing year...

Teri Calia said...

Beautiful! Love the little lights on the sides and all the lovely gold :)

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Sonia Jones said...

Iam always amazed at the beauty you create. Love it!!!

citychica said...

I didn't realize how tiny it is until I saw your hand! So incredible

SandeeNC said...

wow wow wow, it's beautiful. I can't imagine doing such tiny intricate work, just fabulous!

Betsy Skagen said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely. Exquisite actually. Tristan, I am curious, if you don't mind sharing, how many hours do you think you put into this project?

Tristan Robin said...

Thanks, Betsy!

This one probably took 4-5 hours - but I was figuring out what I was doing along the way. I could probably reproduce it 2 hours.