Hello and welcome I am sharing with you today one of the last projects in my 7 Weeks of Christmas Series.  This series has been a lot of fun but a lot of work coming up with different items and designs for you to create and give as gifts or just to give.   Today’s project is a little bit different from normal, I created a snow globe (well it’s not an official snow globe) but it’s a great little home décor piece that would look great in any home.  Not all the products I used to create this project are from Stampin’ Up!, so I did struggle with sharing it with you but I thought it was too cute not to share.  So here is a look at today’s project

Cookie Cutter Christmas Photoplymer Stamp Set, Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad, Green Sprigs, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, 7/8” Stripped Ribbon, Quilted Christmas ¼” Ribbon, Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Arteza Real Brush Pens, Watercoloring, Snow Globe, Home Décor, Christmas Décor, Easy & Quick Christmas Gift, Handmade Christmas, Handmade Christmas Gift, Shadowbox, Stampin’ Up!, #rickadkins, #rckinsmonstudio

I had picked up the snow globe at my local dollar store, they were meant to create an actual snow globe, but cardstock and water do not play very nicely together.  So I had to come up with another way to create this with the same concept in mind.  So I decided to create a Snow Globe shadowbox look.  The Santa from Cookie Cutter Christmas was actually stamped twice using our Basic Black archival ink.  I also picked out a sentiment and stamped it also.  I stamped all this on different types of cardstock from our regular Whisper White, Thick Whisper White, and Shimmery White Cardstock which all stamped beautifully, but I wanted to try out a new product that I had ordered to color with and if just didn’t work.  So after a little bit of research I ended up using some Bristol cardstock from Strathmore because it would let the watercolor ink in the pens more around easier.  I am thinking that our Glossy Cardstock could be an option but didn’t have any on hand at the time I created this project to play with and see how it would work, idea for another day.

 

Cookie Cutter Christmas Photoplymer Stamp Set, Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad, Green Sprigs, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, 7/8” Stripped Ribbon, Quilted Christmas ¼” Ribbon, Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Arteza Real Brush Pens, Watercoloring, Snow Globe, Home Décor, Christmas Décor, Easy & Quick Christmas Gift, Handmade Christmas, Handmade Christmas Gift, Shadowbox, Stampin’ Up!, #rickadkins, #rckinsmonstudio  The coloring media that I am talking about is the new Real Brush Pens that everyone is raving about and using.  Well, I had been looking at different sets for a few months’ now, since I do love to color and I am an artist I was looking for something that I could also use in my art business as well.   So I decided on the Arteza Real Brush Pens due to their low price point and the number of pens you got for the price.  I thought this would be a good option to try out and if I liked them well enough I could invest in the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens later or wait until Stampin’ Up! developed their own version of these pens (hint hint home office).  I got the set of 48 pens on Amazon for around $30.  I think I caught them at just the right time because I just looked and they are $49 on Amazon now, but still either way it’s a great value for the price since the Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens sale for around $62 on Amazon for 48 colors.  The pens were easy to work with and the colors are great you get many colors for the price point and they work beautifully.

I am not a representative for the Arteza Company nor do I receive any type of compensation from reviewing this product. The comments about this product in my post today are from my experience and opinion of this product.

So once my Archival Basic Black ink was dry I started coloring.  I did one section at a time and used my aqua painter to move the watercolor pigment around.  Once this was dry I used the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and punched out both Santa’s, and adhered the top sections together with a little Fast Fuse Adhesive.  I colored over my sentiment and created a wood grain look and used my aqua painter to smooth out the color.  Once the sentiment was dry I painted the backside and let it dry.  Once it was done I cut it out using my paper snips.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Photoplymer Stamp Set, Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad, Green Sprigs, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, 7/8” Stripped Ribbon, Quilted Christmas ¼” Ribbon, Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Arteza Real Brush Pens, Watercoloring, Snow Globe, Home Décor, Christmas Décor, Easy & Quick Christmas Gift, Handmade Christmas, Handmade Christmas Gift, Shadowbox, Stampin’ Up!, #rickadkins, #rckinsmonstudio

Now it was time to assemble everything.  I took a wood circle that I picked up at the dollar store and my Paper-Piercing Tool and drilled a small hole in the center of the circle.  This took a couple times to get it to the right size, since I knew I would be putting one of the Green Sprigs there. At this point I hot glued the wood circle to the inside lid of the globe, this allowed for just a little more height for my elements to stand on.   I then added a little hot glue to the end of my Green Sprig and placed it in the hole and held it into place until the glue dried.  Next I added a little hot glue to where all four feet of my adhered together Santa would be standing and placed the feet in the melted glue.  Letting this dry I placed the sentiment on the wood circle.  Once all my melted glue was dry I added a little bit of the ¼” Quilted Christmas Ribbon around the base of the wood circle to dress it up a little since I knew that the snow I was about to put in would move and it would be seen.  This added a clean look to the inside.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Photoplymer Stamp Set, Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad, Green Sprigs, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, 7/8” Stripped Ribbon, Quilted Christmas ¼” Ribbon, Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Arteza Real Brush Pens, Watercoloring, Snow Globe, Home Décor, Christmas Décor, Easy & Quick Christmas Gift, Handmade Christmas, Handmade Christmas Gift, Shadowbox, Stampin’ Up!, #rickadkins, #rckinsmonstudio

Next I took a tissue and placed on the inside of the globe and ran it around to reduce in static that maybe on the inside since the globe was plastic.  I did not want the snow of sequins (which I ended up not taking out) in to stick to the plastic.  For extra measure I ran my embossing buddy around the inside of the globe just for that little extra help.  I then poured in my snow (from the dollar store) and then inserted my Santa piece.  I then put on the lid and screwed it shut.  I then took the 7/8” Striped Ribbon and attached it to the base of the globe using my hot glue gun.  I created a bow with the wired ribbon and attached it in the same manner to finish off today’s project.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Photoplymer Stamp Set, Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad, Green Sprigs, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, 7/8” Stripped Ribbon, Quilted Christmas ¼” Ribbon, Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Arteza Real Brush Pens, Watercoloring, Snow Globe, Home Décor, Christmas Décor, Easy & Quick Christmas Gift, Handmade Christmas, Handmade Christmas Gift, Shadowbox, Stampin’ Up!, #rickadkins, #rckinsmonstudio

If you would like any of the items from the Holiday Catalog there’s still time to get your hands on those last minute things over in my online store.  You can place your order there 24/7.  Thanks for dropping by today and I will be sharing my final project tomorrow night live on my Facebook Page.  I hope that you have a safe and happy Christmas if you are traveling stay safe.

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