Monday, January 16, 2012

Winter Fun

I'm still on the winter decor kick and was quite inspired by a recent image offered by The Graphics Fairy of some old-fashioned ice skaters.  This one is a bit larger than Glittered Snow and a richer shade of icy aqua.  I really love how it turned out!

The Details:
  • The background is patterned paper on cardboard, approx 6"x9".  I printed the ice skaters image from the Graphics Fairy onto Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist cardstock, aligning it in the lower left corner and tearing the excess cardstock from the top and right side.
  • Once my patterned paper and skaters image were adhered to the cardboard base, I randomly stamped snowflakes in VersaMark, making sure to position some overlapping the torn edge of the skaters image.  I then embossed the snowflakes with clear Zing embossing powder.  
  • After the embossing powder was cool to the touch, I applied Picket Fence Distress Stain over the background using a circular motion, carefully avoiding the skaters.  I then applied some Snow Cap Adirondack paint dabber toward the edges and corners to get a more opaque white.  Once everything was dry, I took a damp baby wipe and lightly rubbed the Distress Stain and paint off of the embossed snowflakes, revealing a beautiful frosty background design!

  • Chipboard "winter" letters were covered in spray adhesive and Martha Stewart White Gold glitter...loving that stuff!  To ensure the glitter stays put, I coated the letters in Krylon Crystal Clear.
  • I love how the pennant garland adds some festivity to the scene and really joins things together visually.  The pennants were stamped in Iced Spruce Distress Ink, covered in a layer of Matte Multi-Medium, and glittered with Rock Candy Distress Stickles.  They "hang" from PTI rustic button twine.

  • To distinguish between the ice and sky, I colored the far edge of the ice in white colored pencil.  The ice also has a layer of Rock Candy Distress Stickles for some sparkle.  Isn't the image adorable?  Of course, I would be the one landing on my bum on that cold ice!

  • I love this Maya Road chiffon soft and dreamy.  I dug the glittery snowflake from my Christmas can buy these by the dozen for pretty cheap...and layered that with the flower, glittered chipboard flourish, bridal pick, button, and "Fun" ticket.

  • Shockingly, none of Tim's adage tickets seemed to say the right thing, so I made my own using an stamp from My Mind's Eye.  I LOVE to layer is just rarely enough for me!  Here you can see that I layered a crepe paper ruffle, bright aqua satin ribbon, then my favorite crocheted lace ribbon.

  • The edges needed something to finish them off and Tim's metal corners were just too big and clunky looking, so I just simply added strips of Symphony tissue tape...just enough!

Our Daily Bread Designs: ODBDSLC92 - Winter Word Play  (White, Ink, Embossing, Ribbon)
Samuel Taylors: January Blog Challenge - Distress  (chance to win 4 bottles of Distress ink!)

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink ‘Aqua Mist’; Stampin’ Up! ‘Naturals Ivory’
Image: The Graphics Fairy ‘SkatingVintage Image
Stamps: SU! ‘Snowflakes’; My Mind’s Eye Union Square ‘Perfect’, Market Street ‘Adore’
Inks: Distress Stain ‘Tumbled Glass’, ‘Pumice Stone’, ‘Picket Fence’; Adirondack paint dabber ‘Snow Cap’; Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’, ‘Iced Spruce’; StazOn ‘Jet Black’; VersaMark; white colored pencil
Embellishments: Martha Stewart glitter ‘White Gold’, ‘Crystal Fine’; Hobby Lobby bridal pick; plastic snowflake ornament; pearl; Tim Holtz tissue tape ‘Symphony’; PTI rustic button twine; Zing embossing powder ‘Clear’; Distress Stickles ‘Rock Candy’; Maya road chiffon flower; button; chipboard letters; chipboard flourish; SU! hardware; ribbon; crocheted lace ribbon; crepe paper; TH memo pin

Tools: heat gun; hole punches; tweezers; Glossy Accents; Claudine Hellmuth Studio Matte Multi-Medium; foam ink blending tool; Zots glue dots; TH paper distresser; inkjet printer; Krylon Workable Fixatif
Misc: cardboard


  1. This is absolutely so sweet. I love all of the layering too. Winter scenes just get me, I can't help it , especially ice skaters...
    Thanks for sharing, great job. Kathi

  2. This is an AWESOME piece! Love all the "cool" elements...

  3. So very cool to use cardboard and create this amazing piece. Very crafty of you. Would you tell me what hardware you used to make the cardboard into a hanger. In your supplies list I think it was the SU hardware but could you be more specific? Thanks.

    1. missmacymay,
      The hardware is from a retired Stampin' Up! collection called "Hodgepodge Hardware". I'm sure you could find something similar, however I did find a site that still sells it:

  4. Oh my, what a beautiful winter scene you have created here. I don't like winter, being from Wisconsin, but this is just gorgeous.

  5. What a FUN wall hanging you've crafted! It's got bits of loveliness, mixed with bit of hilarity and overall just a gorgeous piece of art. . . LOVE that flower-sicle!

  6. This is just lovely. The colors are wonderful : )

  7. Your card is lovely! Thank you for playing along with the Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light challenge.

  8. Oh how creative and beautiful!! Love the distressing and all the details!! So much to look at!! Thanks for joining the ODBD Shining the Light challenge this week!!

  9. WOW, absolutely stunning sign! The colors are amazing and that fabulous flower in the corner...just gorgeous! Thanks for taking the time to play along in this weeks Shining the Light Challenge over at ODBD! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

  10. LOVE this...especially the flower layered over the snowflake! Such a gorgeous collage creation! Thanks for playing with us at ODBD Shining the Light Challenge!

  11. This is so darling! I like all of the elements that you added to this fantastic creation! Very creative!!! xo

    -pamela :)

  12. What a lovely project! I popped over here from Gingersnap Creations and now a new follower. Looking forward to seeing more...


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