“Snow Friend” When I was a young adult I loved snow. Wet snow, clumpy snow, fluffy snow…SNOW! I remember not minding driving it, walking in it, playing in it, or just simply watching it come down. My kids LOVED the snow. Especially my daughter. We would have have such trouble getting them out of it when they were playing in it. Their favorite part was building snowmen. Small or big didn’t matter as long as they got to build it, eat some snow in the process and my daughter always stole the poor thing’s nose. LOL!
Brutus Monroe Mixed Media Winter Snow Friend Snowflake
Mixed Media Winter Snowflake
To start this piece I took a cardboard snowflake from a big box store and painted it with three layers of white paint making sure I got the sides too. This is important since people see the whole picture and unpainted sides would be visible, looking unfinished. I let the paint dry thoroughly between layers. Next, I look Brutus Monroe Raven Detail Ink and stamped a snowflake image and a text image. This is my go-to ink when it comes to stamping due to the fact that you can use it with watercolors or alcohol markers. I just stamped snowflakes in a scattered pattern, making sure that all of the snowflake’s arms had images stamped on them.
For the next step I applied Brutus Monroe Glitter Glazen Fallen Snow with a spatula using the Brutus Monroe Mixed Media Stencil Snowflake. Then I put the piece aside and let dry. I try to let my pieces dry without using a heat tool as much as I can. As great as heat tools can be, some finishes just don’t seem to look natural when forced.
Brutus Monroe and Therm O Web have this AMAZING new line of products! Using a paper trimmer, I cut iCraft Deco Foil PeelnStickToner sheets in half. Then, with my Minc, I layered in a folded piece of copy paper, half toner sheet and one piece of the Brutus Monroe Transfer Sheets Silver Sketch. Using a Big Shot, I die cut out a bunch of snowflakes.
Next, I embossed Brutus Monroe Snowflake chip pieces with Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink and Brutus Monroe Alabaster Embossing Powder. I did this twice so that the chip pieces looked like they had been enameled.
Gently, I put some Brutus Monroe Metallic Aqua Pigment- Delphinium, Yellow-Green and Sterling and sprayed with a water bottle. Tilt the piece around to move the pigments. Use a water brush and paper towels to spread out so that the snowflake has light and dark areas. When I am happy with how it looks, I do use a heat gun briefly so that I can make sure everything is dry.
Then, with all of my goodies on a media mat, I can start assembling. I like to assemble my piece all at once. I find that this allows me to have lots of options since I tend to make more pieces than I need, but I never worry since I can just use them on another day.
Using Therm O Web’s wide array of adhesives I attached all of my components. The Mixed Media Adhesive works well for the chunky pieces and some of the heavier ribbons and laces. I found that the new ¼” tear tape and foam tape allowed me to have a layered look.
The 3d Zots were great for some of the snowflakes that I wanted to have pop. Otherwise, I just took the backer off the foiled pieces I made earlier. Lastly, I put some crushed glitter glass and glitter to complete the piece. This is a perfect piece to remind me of those snowy memories.
Mixed Media Snowflake
Therm O Web supplies:
– Brutus Monroe Transfer Sheets – Silver Sketch COMING SOON
– Deco Foil Adhesive Toner Sheet
– Deco Foil Transfer Sheets -Gold
– iCraft Mixed Media Adhesive
– Gina K. Designs Terrific Tape ¼” and Foam Tape
– Zots 3d
-Brutus Raven Detail ink
-Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink
-Brutus Monroe Alabaster Embossing Powder
-Brutus Monroe Glitter Glaze -Fallen Snow
-Brutus Monroe Mixed Media Stencil – Snowflake
-Brutus Monroe Metallic Aqua Pigment- Delphinium, Yellow-Green and Sterling
-Snowflake and text stamps
-Silver Crushed Glitter Glass
-Ultra Fine Glitter