|My son, Colin on Feb. 2, 2011
The background paper I used for this one is from an old My Mind's Eye collection, Holly Jolly. The die cuts were made from various Basic Grey plain papers and Holiday Sentiments paper from the Tradition collection by Fancy Pants Designs.
These are the dies I used:
These are the chipboard pieces I used:
The large snowflake doily was cut from very thin chipboard using a Cricut and the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge. I heat-embossed all of the chipboard pieces with Stampendous Fran-tage embossing enamel in Shabby White. Sometimes I paint the chipboard first but this time I just used clear ink on the bare chipboard before sprinkling with the embossing powder and melting it with a heat gun.
I'm not sure why the snowflake doily doesn't look as sparkly as the other pieces. I cut and embossed that piece quite a while ago but hadn't used it yet so it's possible I might have done something different that I don't remember (perhaps I added some Chunky White embossing enamel too). It could also be that the different sized granules had settled in the container and more of the gold sparkles had concentrated near the top now.
The little green mittens and the circles border were made with Sculpey clay using a mold and then painted.
Around the outer edge of the background paper, the snowflakes and some of the crystal pieces, I did some subtle watercolour shading.
I don't often mention this because it seems a minor detail to me but you can take it as a given that I ink around the edges of the paper and die-cuts in almost every layout I do. I often do that with the flowers as well, or dry brush them with paint to highlight the texture.
Thank you for taking a look today!