Snow is one of those magical things no one is ever too old to enjoy! Hi, I'm Mou Saha from My Life In Collage Blog and today I want to share with you how I created this snowglobe on a mini canvas.
Snow was a far-away thing for us when we lived in Tampa, Florida. When we moved to New Jersey last year, I hoped for a white Christmas. White glistening snow outside your window is a magical thing to someone who lived in the hot humid tropics all her life. We left snow cone cups outside and when they got filled with fresh snow, we brought them in, added our favorite flavor syrup and enjoyed them. When I saw the Snowglobe die set from Tim Holtz's newest Holiday collection, I knew it was going to be a special make. In keeping with my at-least-one-handmade Holiday gift tradition, I created this snow globe canvas for my daughter who also loves all things snow and collects snow globes herself.
For today's project, I used Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 23PK - Snowglobe, Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Vintage Tidings and Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 11PK - Holiday Greens, Mini. Here is the complete list of supplies you will need for this project:
- Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 23PK - Snowglobe
- Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Vintage Tidings
- Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 11PK - Holiday Greens, Mini
- Sizzix Accessory - Extended Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
- Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Extended, 1 Pair
- Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White & Gray)
Other Materials Used:
- 6"x 6" Canvas
- Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Texture Luxe Gold & Silver
- Foam adhesive
- Gel Medium
- Glaze Medium
- Paint brush
- Watercolor paper
To diecut the Snowglobe, 'Peace' from Vintage Tidings set and Holiday Greens, Mini, create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on a Sizzix Accessory Extended Magnetic Platform For Wafer-Thin Dies, lay another Sizzix Accessory Extended Cutting Pad. On it, lay out the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 23PK - SnowGlobe, 'Peace' from Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Vintage Tidings and selected pieces from Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 11PK - Holiday Greens, Mini dies blade side up. Place watercolor paper on it and cover with the other Extended Cutting Pad. Pass the whole Sizzix Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.
TIP: When you have a lot of Thinlits dies to cut, use the Sizzix Accessory Extended Magnetic Platform For Wafer-Thin Dies as I did above to get all or most of the pieces in just one pass.
I used watercolor paper for my die-cuts because I planned to color the pieces myself. But you can use various colors of solid or patterned cardstock for this project.
Dilute Texture Luxe Gold and Silver mediums separately with water. Wet the surface of the diecut dome part of the Snowglobe and cloud pieces with water. Splatter the diluted mediums onto the wet pieces for a snow flurried glassy look.
Color the bottom pieces of the Snowglobe more solid.
Paint the house pieces from the Snowglobe set in this manner: gold on the roofs and doors and silver on the building base pieces. Let dry thoroughly before layering the top pieces with the die-cut windows on top.
Paint the clouds, leaves and mountain bases silver, the stars, berries and trees gold.
Wet the canvas with water. Splatter more diluted gold and silver mediums. Set aside to dry.
Assemble the clouds, mountains, houses, trees and stars inside the dome part of the Snowglobe. Use foam adhesive to create dimension. Add the berry sprig overlapping the dome.
Because I am going to mount the entire Snowglobe to the porous surface of a canvas, I attached the finished dome and base pieces to some cardstock and then cut out the whole thing with scissors. I attached the Snowglobe to the Canvas with Gel Medium.
You can attach the Snowglobe pieces directly to a chipboard or non-porous surface. But its harder to attach the separate smaller pieces to a canvas.
Hope you enjoy today's tutorial and will try out these lovely dies!