Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Shabby Snowman

Shabby Snowman

Technique:  Papercraft

corrugated card
acrylic paints
blue mica (or perfect pearls)
music paper
craft snow
snow sprinkles
crackle medium
glossy accents
Distress Ink
* Faded Denim

Tim Holtz Alterations
* Winter Wonderland die
* Tags and Bookplates die
Movers and Shapers die
Sizzix Big Shot

The challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week is to Show a Word

The tag is made from corrugated card and the top layer is peeled back to shabby it up and show the corrugations underneath. You will notice from the photo below that I have left the part that sits under the snowman's belly intact, to allow for smooth adhesion of the layers that will be applied there.  It's then painted with white acrylic paint, faded denim distress ink, pthlao blue acrylic paint,and blue mica.

Shabby Snowman Parts

Cut three snowmen from corrugated card, cutting JOY into the belly of one and cutting out an oval in the belly of the other, and reserving the last to cut out a hat, a nose and an arm.  Cut an oval out of music paper and glue that down under where the belly will be, then glue the snowman with the oval in his belly over the top of that.

Dry brush the entire piece with craft snow, piling it up in places where it would build up naturally, such as the top of the hat, and make a nice pile of it inside his belly oval, but not that high that you can't glue the top snowman into place.

Paint the snowman's spare parts and paint the snowman with the joyful belly. Apply a coat of crackle medium to the snowman and let that dry completely, then highlight the cracks with faded denim ink, this gives it an icy look. Glue the joyful snowman and all the pieces into place with glossy accents and brush again with craft snow, piling it up again around the spaces in the word JOY. Add a touch of glitter for some sparkle, I also added some snow 'sprinkles' which is essentially a white, non sparkly glitter that looks like snow.

Try as I might I couldn't get the camera to pick up all the details, the crackle on the snowman glitters like ice, the snow drifts inside his belly sparkle, the blue mica shimmers which is a lovely contrast to the matte snow sprinkles.  The whole tag has such lovely texture, I wish it snowed here in South Australia!


  1. lovely snowman tag morgan.

    greetings karin

  2. Your snowman tag is darling! Love the corrugated look! You did a wonderful job on your grungy and perfect! And your snowman is perfection! Love his scarf! Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

  3. Wonderful shabbiness with the corrugated cardboard and acrylic paint. Love that effect. Great way to use that JOY die too. Your tag came out amazing. So happy you joined in the fun with us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show.