Monday, December 4

Oh, Baby, it's Icy Outside!



Hello Monday, my friends! Winter is on its way here where I live, and this week's challenge is inspired by this icy inspiration mood board. We are also showcasing Paper Artsy products this week!


I put this together for the design team, and just love the tiny snowman my sons photographed on top of a mountain while hiking. Then there is this really cool microscopic view of snowflakes, and the ones across the bottom are taken around my house during different winter storms. I hope you will also be inspired by these, and create something with us!

We have a special guest for the month of December - Valerie Jael at Bastelmania!  One of the things I love about her website is not only the wonderful art she shares, but the gorgeous photos she takes on her adventures. Welcome, welcome Valerie!

I decided to cover a kraft Moleskine journal I had and turn it into a place to keep track of all my Christmas lists.




Time to get inky and painty!


I started out by painting my die cuts, and began with the trees.


I mixed a tiny bit of Midnight with the Matte Glaze and painted the snowy hills.


This is often the way I begin my first paint layer - squirt out a few blobs of color and then start to work it with the brush or my fingers. 


...and as you can see it ended up nice and streaky.


Then, I had the brilliant idea to lay down the Frozen Fractal masks, sprinkle on some Infusions and spritz with water. I envisioned lifting them and seeing a lovely snowflake design below.


Nope! Epic FAIL! I think there might be two tiny spots where bits of the snowflake show up. Instead this just added another blue and textural layer. 


So, I ended up laying the masks down and using a sponge and dabbing paint over them to get the design. 


I layered up my scene on the notebook and used tape and collage medium to hold it all. After I added a final layer of collage medium, I sprinkled it all with glitter.
I just love the joyful feeling these snowmen exude!


I added a few falling snowflakes, because what would make a snowman more joyous than that?


Front cover...


back cover...


Opened so you can see both...


Ok, now it's your turn to be inspired by our Icy Photo. I can't wait to see how you interpret it!
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Let's head on over and see how the awesome design team has interpreted the Icy Photo.













11 comments:

  1. super cute notebook Maura! The background and snowmen are adorable!! I love the whole design of this ❄️💙

    thanks so much for creating such an awesome icy inspiration board! I didn't realise your son took the photo of the little snowman, he is the cutest snowman ever!! :-)

    Luv
    Lols x x x

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  2. I love notebooks and have always admired Andrea's too! This one is absolutely adorable, Maura! I love those sweet snowmen and your background turned out amazing!

    Cathie ♥

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  3. Gorgeous project, love the colours. I used the fresco paints, too, they are great. And thanks for the shout out! Hugs, Valerie

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  4. Oh my, what a surprise of how you start to paint your bakground. I have never done that this way :-) I am not so brave, need to go out from my comfort zone, I guess. I love the deep blue background and the snow layers. The snowman is cool. Hugs! Marzena

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  5. Awwww! Thanks for the nod to my notebook nerdiness! YOU are indeed a notebook master yourself because this is a stunner! It made me happy to look at it and I love how you made the effort to decorate both sides. I thought the way you used two snowmen in different ways was genius. You did SO GOOD on this and I will consider you my notebook inspiration any time!

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  6. Oh my goodness, Maura! What a fabulous painted piece! I love the snowman's arms in the air... looking very happy and celebratory : ) The color combo is fab and touch of sparkle is the perfect finishing touch!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    SImon Says Stamp!

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  7. stunnng project Maura, so much texture and detail and those happy snowmen are adorable...enjoy your weekend hugs kath xxx

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  8. Love your fabulous holiday creation, Maura. The colors and the texture you made on this cover are stunning. Love your great design. :)

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  9. What a wonderful icy card you have created - beautiful! It's definitely cold outside here today too ...lol 😁. Have a great day! J 😊

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  10. Fabulous cover, Maura! Love the dark rich greenish blue color and the snowmen are lovely! Hugs, Sandra

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