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Christmas/Winter Punch Art: Mason Jar Snow Globe


snowglobe rev 2 002Snow Globe Punch Art

Use as gift tags, package decorations, paper tree ornaments, string them together to make a paper garland for tree or mantle/etc., use on a handmade greeting card, great for a kid’s craft, scrapbook, & more…..

I love punch art and snow globes so why not compare the two?  This is a super easy project to do – the hardest part is to glue down the snow flurries without getting glue “all over” the place!

If u have any questions please let me know.  Hope u enjoy the project!!!

ITEMS NEEDED:
Blue cardstock
White & cream cardstock
Cardstock scraps in other assorted colors and patterns

ALSO NEEDED:
Mason Jar Punch
Large Wave Edging Scissors
Other Assorted Punches: deer, moose, tree, etc.
Scissors
Glue Stick
Mini Circle Punch

 

Punch mason jar shapes in shades of blue. I like to crimp the neck of the jar to give it a more realistic appearance. Next cut strips of paper about 2" wide and punch the "snow drifts". I like to vary the depth of the snow. Use a wave punch to give the snow a wind scalloped appearance. I also punch some for the jar to lie on it's side.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Punch mason jar shapes in shades of blue. I like to crimp the neck of the jar to give it a more realistic appearance.
  2. Next cut strips of paper about 1 1/2″ wide and punch the “snow drifts”.  I like to vary the depth of the snow. I also punched some snow drifts long wise for the jar to lie on it’s side.
  3. Use large wave edging scissors to give the snow a wind scalloped appearance.
  4. Glue the snow drift to the jar front.
  5. Punch small/mini shapes – trees, moose, etc. in plain and patterned cardstock.  This is a great way to use up paper scraps.
  6. Crimp brown paper and then punch select shapes (ex: trees, snowmen) to glue behind the colored shapes to create a 3D effect.
  7. Lay out designs and then glue them down.
  8. Last glue the tiny white/cream/silver circles to the exposed blue to create a snow storm.  Add one or two mini snowflakes for a special accent.

Some examples of "snow globes" u can make!

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Here are some tips for making ur “snow globes”!  

  • Fir Trees: Trim trunk from green/patterned fir trees. Glue a brown tree to the back of the green tree. To create more depth use a second brown tree behind one of the “firs” if using them as a pair. Glue the thicker tree to the edge of the thinner tree.
  • Trim Fat Tree to Cone Tree: Trim trunk from the tree. Glue a brown tree to the back of the green tree. When dry trim the tree into a cone shape.
  • Bare Branch Icy Trees: Punch brown trees and then glue the white trees on top of the brown trees. Let dry. Trim the trees to fit snow globe.
  • Christmas Tree: Trim trunk from the green tree and glue a brown tree to the back of the green tree. Trim candy canes to fit the tree and then glue on tree along with the “ball ornaments” (circles).
  • Snowman #1: Use a cream snowman on a white snowdrift to set the snowman off the best (and vice versa).  Trim the arms off the white/cream snowman and glue the brown snowman to the back. Trim excess paper off hat and glue to snowman’s hat. Add eyes with a black marker. Cut a tiny carrot nose and glue on face. Trim a mini heart punch to fit the snowman and glue in place. Or add buttons to the snowman with a marker.
  • Snowman #2: Trim the arms off the white/cream snowman and glue the brown snowman to the back. Trim the hat to roughly a round shape. Glue small circle to the snowman’s head. Add eyes with a black marker. Cut a tiny carrot nose and glue on face. Trim a heart punch to fit snowman and glue in place. Or add buttons to the snowman with a marker.
  • Reindeer & Moose: Trim the antlers off the deer & moose. Attach the crimped antlers to the back of the animal. Attach a small red rhinestone or the glittery red circles provided to face of the reindeer. Glue brown circles behind the glittery red circle to make the nose stand out.
  • Penguin: Trim the feet and bill off the black penguin. Glue the yellow penguin behind the black one. Glue stocking cap to head of penguin.
  • Other Animals: Glue a crimped brown shape to the colored shape. Allow to dry then glue to snow.
  • Gingerbread Cottage: Trim icy roof from glittery cottage and glue on top of gingerbread cottage. Trim candy canes and glue on “path” to the cottage. Glue smoke puffs in place or use snow.
  • Snow Flakes/Circles: Use the mini snowflakes to accent snow globe – one per globe. Use the tiny circles to create a “shaken snow globe snowstorm”.
  • Snow Scene on a Homemade Card:  One cute way to use ur snow globes is to spread the scene out over 3 snow globes and then use the set on the front of a homemade card.
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Button Snowflake


Popsicle SnowflakeButton Snowflake

This snowflake used either as an ornament or a tree topper is a great way to display all those white and translucent white buttons your mother or grandmother left you in their button jar.   With these special buttons the snowflakes would be a great way to share a treasured memory with your close relatives.   

This would also be a great inexpensive “bulk craft” for a church children’s group or a school classroom art projects.  To keep the project to one session, pre-glue and paint the snowflake. Then allow the kids to decorate their snowflakes with buttons, trim and markers.

Materials

  • Popsicle sticks (4 per snowflake)
  • White & translucent white buttons (assorted sizes)
  • Large decorative white buttons (for the center)
  • Lace & trims
  • DecoArt Snowflake White acrylic paint
  • White Glamour Dust Ultra-Fine Glitter paint (optional)
  • Green chenille stems
  • Clothespins (optional)
  • Clear fishing line (optional)

Also Needed

  • Craft glue
  • Glue gun
  • Wire cutters

Instructions

  1. Glue four Popsicle sticks together in a “snowflake” pattern then allow the glue to dry.
  2. Give the snowflake two coats of white paint and allow the paint to dry between coats.
    1. Spray paint the sticks white before gluing them together if you are mass producing the snowflakes.
  3. Flip and repeat.
  4. For a nice shimmery finish on the snowflakes apply one or two coats of white ultra-fine glitter paint to the front of the snowflake.  Allow paint to dry.
  5. Glue lace to the snowflake for a more Victorian effect.
  6. If needed cut the shanks off buttons with wire cutters.
  7. Lay out your buttons on the snowflake.  Graduate the sizes of the buttons starting with the larger ones in the center.  Use the smallest buttons on the ends of the snowflake.  Choose a large decorative button for the center.
  8. Glue the buttons down and allow the glue to dry.
  9. Attach a hanger to the snowflake.
    1. Glue a green chenille stem to the back of the snowflake (center).  If your tree is not green use a stem of a matching color.
    2. Mount your snowflakes on clothespins so they will clip to the branches.  Paint the clothespins green first so they will blend into the tree.
    3. To hang your snowflakes suspended in a window tie a long strand of clear fishing line to the top of the snowflake.
  10. You are then ready to display your snowflake.

Handmade Cardinal Die Cut


 

Handmade Cardinal Die Cut

I love cardinals so when I found the instructions on how to make these cute little red birds on-line at Blinkin’, Thinkin’, & Inkin’ I had to make them and adapted the instructions to fit my purposes.  My birds are a little bigger than then ones by Ellen so if you need some tee-tiny ones check out her directions.

They are super easy, super cheap, and super cute!

They would be adorable perched on a fence, branch, or highline wire on a handmade winter greeting card.

Materials

  • Red cardstock
  • Black cardstock
  • Yellow cardstock

Also needed

  • 1 inch scalloped circle punch
  • Hole punch
  • Mini heart punch
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Red ink pad – 2 shades
  • Black permanent marker

Photo Tutorial

Thanks for taking a look and as always I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Craft Stick Snowman Ornament


005Craft Stick Snowman Ornament

In my e-mail this week was an awesome project from Crafts By Amanda that I just HAD to try right away – – –   Paint Stick Snowmen.  As you can tell by my title (and because I’m me) I made some changes.  I think both projects look great and what I love the best about crafting is the fact that you can take a pattern or tutorial and do something a little bit different and personalize the project.  It impresses me that there are just so many ways to go when you first look at a project.

I didn’t do a photo tutorial but this is a simple fairly straight forward project.  Take a look at Amanda’s tutorial if you get lost.

These would look great on a seasonal tree in January. I see white bark and white lights.

Materials

  • Craft sticks
  • Homespun fabric
  • Embroidery thread
  • Whole peppercorns
  • Mini buttons
  • Toothpicks
  • Snow scene “fabric” or quilt batting

Also Needed

  • White craft glue
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Orange marker
  • White paint

Instructions

  1. Paint the craft sticks white and allow them to dry.  I used two coats.  On some of the sticks I use some white fine glitter paint over the last coat to add some sparkle to the ornaments.  I’d recommend 2 coats of this for maximum effect!
  2. Break off about a third of the toothpick.  Then color it orange with the permanent marker.  This is much easier than getting the paint out and making a mess!  I also like Amanda’s idea of using an orange toothpick and I have some colored toothpick on-hand but wouldn’t you know it there are no orange ones!
  3. Cut a 2 inch by 2 inch square from the material.  I like the way homespun fabric drapes and how flannel looks but you can use any you have on hand.
  4. Glue the square to the top of the craft stick to make the hat.  See Amanda’s excellent tutorial for how to do this.  I found that doublestick tape works really well for attaching the fabric when you are doing a bunch – and it eliminates drying time!   But when you tie off the hat with the embroidery thread leave long tail ends and tie them in a knot so you will have a hanger.  I forgot to do that with mine so will have to go back and attach a loop.
  5. Cut a one half inch strip of the snow “fabric” and glue it to the bottom of the cap.  Then trim the end off.
  6. See Amanda tutorial and read the comments for some additional hat ideas.
  7. Cut (or tear) a one inch strip of homespun fabric for the scarf.  Tie it around the snowman’s “neck” and then fringe the ends.  How long you want your scarf is up to you.  I prefer a short scarf.
  8. Apply 2 dots of glue with the bamboo skewer for the eyes (cut the sharp tip off if kids are doing this project) and then glue on two peppercorns.
  9. Apply a line of glue for the nose and glue down the orange toothpick piece to finish the carrot nose.  You could also cut a nose out of orange craft foam.
  10. Apply 5 dots of glue for the mouth and glue down 5 peppercorns.
  11. Glue 2 or 3 mini buttons on the snowman’s “body”.
  12. Let dry completely and the hang on the tree.

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I love to hear your comments! 

Buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

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