Craft­ing with Bar­bara Gray

Cre­ate Bar­bara’s mag­i­cal win­ter won­der­land us­ing the Snow Globe Clar­ity stamp set and a sprin­kling of glit­ter

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Be en­chanted by a mag­i­cal snow globe de­sign

Who doesn’t dream of a white Christ­mas? I have the fond­est mem­o­ries of build­ing a snow­man and sledg­ing with the kids when we used to live in the mid­dle of nowhere, in the Kent coun­try­side. In fact, this lit­tle cot­tage de­picted in the snow globe is a minia­ture ver­sion of the very same house we lived in – built in 1412. Ab­so­lutely won­der­ful. In the fol­low­ing snow globe project, I want to show you how to cre­ate a three-di­men­sional ef­fect, a round il­lu­sion. It is very sim­ple, but also very ef­fec­tive. The Snow Globe stamp set is one of sev­eral large out­line stamps which we have de­signed. Build­ing dif­fer­ent scenes within the var­i­ous shapes is the name of the game, and with the help of the re­us­able masks that come with the stamps, it is a lot eas­ier than you may think!


Mask off two ar­eas on the out­line stamp with sticky notes, as shown, be­fore you ink up with black Archival ink and stamp onto the Clar­i­tys­tamp sten­cil card.


Cut the base off the snow globe mask and cover up the stand. Cover up the out­side of the snow globe, all ready to work on the cen­tre piece.


Us­ing the black Archival ink pad, build a scene in­side the snow globe, as shown. Don’t worry about stamp­ing ink onto the mask – it wipes clean eas­ily.


Tear a hill mask, add a moon mask, and paint in the sky. Use a make-up sponge to add depth around the edge of the snow globe, avoid­ing the masked off ar­eas.


Next, cover up the globe with the mask and re­veal the stand. Use the make-up sponge to add shade, mak­ing sure you leave a white area in the cen­tre as a re­flec­tion.


Mask off the en­tire im­age and, to cre­ate shad­ing, ap­ply blue ink with a sten­cil brush out­side the globe – but only in the places where you masked off the line art.


With a white pen­cil, add tri­an­gles at the top of the globe, as shown above, to cre­ate the il­lu­sion of glass. Also, use the white pen­cil to fill in the gaps left in the globe’s out­line.


Use white acrylic paint, a sty­lus and a steady hand to add del­i­cate snow­drops fall­ing through the sky. You will get best re­sults when the ink has com­pletely dried.


Trim the panel, out­line the edges with a black marker pen, and add the word ‘Noel’, from the Christ­mas Word Chain stamps, un­der­neath in black ink.


Mount on glit­ter card and then on white. Us­ing a glue pen, add a lit­tle sprin­kling of glit­ter to the snow, the trees and the cot­tage roof, to fin­ish.

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