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