First, I want to thank Rosemary at The Greeting Farm for allowing me to be a guest designer for the month of January, 2016. I am ~beyond thrilled~ to have this opportunity! I do hope that everyone enjoys the projects that I have lined up! I am literally giggling as I type this, I'm so excited!
The Greeting Farm products that I used were the "Let it Snow" die and stamp set, and also the word die set called "Sparkle and Shine".
I started out with one of those raw wood printer's trays that you can find for a few dollars in the wood section of Michael's. I spray painted it silver.
Then I sprayed it again with silver glitter spray. You can find those paints at most craft and hard ware stores, they will run you anywhere from $4 to $6 dollars. I like using spray paint because everything just comes out perfectly, no brush strokes, no thick areas...and it's fast. It's my paint of choice.
Next I printed out some of my favorite family photos from 2015 in black and white. I glued them down onto the printer's tray, then cut out some stitched snowflakes with a die using various silver specialty papers. I glued down some wood veneer snowflakes as well to add a different texture, then added silver Stickles to those.
I then cut out the 'sparkle and shine' words with The Greeting Farm die and adhered those on top of some photos. Under the 'shine' I used Thickers for the "2015". I glued down a tiny Christmas tree in one corner that I received in a holiday package (Thank you Christina!) and then colored up the polar bear and penguin, who are SO DANG CUTE!!! They are from the "Let it Snow" set...just a little reminder there in case you want to pick them up.
I added glossy accents to the nose and mug of the polar bear, and glossy accented the penguins as well. The top penguin I glossy accented all of him, I think. Like he just popped out of the icy waters, right? The other penguin just had a highlighted nose and feet.
The coloring on the characters are very basic, I list the colors on my blog post on The Greeting Farm's site if you'd like to know exactly which ones I used. On the photo below you'll note that the hat and scarf have polka dots. I simply added those with a white gel pen.
After all was said and done, I felt like it still needed something extra, so I had iridescent snow. Lots of it. I added it to the top of the tray, the bottom shelves, had it dripping off of the photos, resting on top of the little tiny tree. I was definitely going for a fun, sparkly, silver effect. I plan to use this as one of my winter decorations. Although I personally will bring it out just as part of my Christmas decor, you could use something like this as a season decoration rather than holiday specific, for sure.
Thank you again to The Greeting Farm for having me! I have two more projects coming this month, please come back and visit and see what is next!