Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Winter Snowflakes - DecoArt Media Winter Wonderland Challenge

Hi everyone!  Welcome to the DecoArt Media Winter Wonderland Challenge.  The theme for this challenge is Winter, full of blue and purple hues, perhaps even some snow!  The Mixed Media Design Team are creating fabulous inspiration pieces that will be featured daily throughout the month on the DecoArt Blog.  So, get ready for some fantastic project ideas starting December 28th.

The challenge will open for entries on December 28th and close on January 29th. The winner of this challenge will be chosen by the DecoArt Media Design Team on February 1st and announced here and on Facebook February 2nd. The winner will receive a DecoArt Media prize package valued over $120, so you will certainly want to submit a piece or two! Don't forget to share with your friends so everyone can join in the fun!  We can’t wait to see where all your creative ideas take you! 

This time of the year, I love how clean and clear the air seems, the crispness and slight chill in the air.  I love looking at the stars at night, and that is what inspired me to make this mixed media canvas.  "All is Calm, All is Bright" comes to mind.

I began with a 6"x8" canvas panel, and spread DecoArt Media Crackle Paste White through a snowflake stencil.  Let dry thoroughly.

Add DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in the colors listed in the supplies used, mixing and blending until you like the results.  Edge the canvas with the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber, and also add to some of the snowflakes for depth.

Stamp script stamp randomly with black archival ink.  Mist canvas with DecoArt Media Turquoise Shimmer Mister and blend.  Using a brush, leave droplets of DecoArt Media White Shimmer Mister over background to look like snow falling.  Die cut two reindeer from tan and brown card stock.  Adhere to bottom of canvas, offsetting colors for shading.

Paint white card stock with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Violet and stamp script stamp over paper with black archival ink.  Make three snowflake rosettes and adhere to top left corner  of canvas, adding filigree jewelry pieces to each center.  

Holiday greens were die cut with two colors of green card stock and wax paper and adhered beneath the rosettes.

Apply DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream Titanium White to some of the snowflakes for highlights, and DecoArt Media Metallic Lustre Silver Spark for extra shine!

Finally, I decided to add silver metal alphabet stickers to spell "All is Bright", which brings it all together for me.

DecoArt Supplies Used:

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Violet
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Primary Cyan
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cerulean Blue
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Translucent White
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Silver
DecoArt Media Crackle Paste White
DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream Titanium White
DecoArt Media Metallic Lustre Silver Spark
DecoArt Media Shimmer Mister White
DecoArt Media Shimmer Mister Turquoise

Other Supplies Used:

6"x8" canvas board
Sin City Stamps Art Journaling with Terri Sproul (script)
TCW 164s mini Flurries stencil
Jet Black Archival Ink
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Holiday Greens die
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Mini Snowflake Rosettes
Metal alphabet stickers (Paper Studio)
Silver filigree jewelry embellishments
Wax Paper

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope I have inspired you to make something and submit it to our challenge this month.  We really want to see what you create!!!!  All the details for the DecoArt Media Winter Wonderland Challenge are here for you to play along.



  1. So pretty, Barbara!!! Love it!!!
    Hope you have a Happy New Year!!!
    The Leaf Studio

  2. Beautiful canvas Barbara, love all the beautiful textures and elements you used along with Deco Art Media goodness.

  3. Just STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS Barbara. MAGICALLY LOVELY. I wouldn't mind being that deer for about an hour! What a wonderful inspiration. Thanks bunches. j.

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    1. Beautiful. You really portray the feeling of a still winter night in the woods. I love your use of the Decoart colors. Thank you for the tutorial.