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Let It Snow!

By: Von Pappe II
January 17, 2017

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Let It Snow
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Hi, my name is Claudia and I am a painted paper scrap hoarder! 

Do you hoard scraps of old monoprints too and need some inspiration on what to possibly create with them? Then this might be the perfect project for you!

I love the texture and random patterns the DecoArt media fluid acrylic or DecoArt Americana acrylic paints create when being used on a monoprinting plate and how they mix so beautifully on the pulls!

It's such a different look from the one being created by using a brush!

So on my project today I used old scraps of monoprints alongside some die cutting and happy messing around with DecoArt media products to create this little winter scenery!

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Prussian Blue Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Diarylide Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - White Tinting Base
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Glaze - Clear
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Carbon Black
  • Snow-Tex 4oz - Snow-Tex
  • Glamour Dust 2oz - Glamour Dust Crystal
  • Glamour Dust Glitter (Liquid Glitter Paint) 2oz - Turquoise Sparkle
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Lace
  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 8oz - Americana Decou-Page Matte
  • Monoprints
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Winter Scenery Dies Set
  • Black and White Cardstock
  • Old Dictionary Page
  • Dark Brown Archival Stamping Ink
  • Blending Foam
  • Wood Panel
  • Palette Knife
  • Styrofoam Tray
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Splatter Brush
  • Soft Cloth
  • Water Spray Bottle
  • Sticky Foam Pads


Pick some of your monoprints and die cut the shapes needed. Die cut the backgrounds for the doors and window openings from an old dictionary page to add more interest. Die cut the bases for the houses and mountains from black and white cardstock as shown in the picture. Ink the edges of the coloured pieces (mountains, house fronts, trees) using blending foam and dark brown archival stamping ink. 

Instruction #1 - letitsnow step1
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Pick a yellow or orange media fluid acrylic paint that says „Transparent“ or „Semi-Transparent“ on the bottle's label (see image) to paint the die cut dictionary page pieces. I used Diarylide Yellow as it is such a beautiful vibrant colour! 

Instruction #2 - letitsnow step2
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Paint the roof parts and mountain tops that you die cut from white cardstock with Titan Buff for a warmer white. Ink their edges with the brown stamping ink too after all has dried.

Instruction #3 - letitsnow step3
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Apply clear Crackle Glaze to the mountains using a wide soft brush. Let air dry! Then add a layer of Carbon Black media Antiquing Cream and let that dry too. Afterwards go in with a soft damp cloth and wipe off most of it so that only the black cracks are highlighted.

Instruction #4 - letitsnow step4
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Assemble the layers of the houses and mountains using matte Decou-Page and a fine tip brush. 

Instruction #5 - letitsnow step5
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Mix a bit of Snow-Tex with two to three drops of media Tiran Buff using a palette knife and scrape the mix onto the mountain tops. Let air dry! Then paint a layer of Glamour Dust Ice Crystal to the mountain tops and roofs to add that typical snow sparkle. 

Instruction #6 - letitsnow step6
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Paint the wooden panel with two layers of Lace Chalky Finish Paint and let dry. Then take a palette and a palette knife and mix some white Tinting Base and some drops of Prussian Blue Hue fluid acrylic. Create a second mix of white Tinting Base and Turquoise Sparkle so you have three different tones: plain white, light turquoise and light blue. Scrape all three tones onto the primed wood panel to create the background for the winter scenery. Move the palette knife in horizontal lines only and layer your cloudy winter sky by adding layers of the different tones and letting them dry in between. The more layers the more depth and the more cloudy the look! To finish off the background add some speckles of Turquoise Sparkle and Ice Crystal Glamour Dust using a splatter brush to let it snow. 

Instruction #7 - letitsnow step7
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Instruction #8 - letitsnow step7 detail
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Using sticky foam pads layer the finished mountains, trees and houses onto the dry background. If you want you can add a stamped quote to your scenery too. You're done!

Instruction #9 - letitsnow step8
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I hope this project has inspired you to look at and use your monoprints in different ways and to make most out of your pulls! Thank you so much for stopping by!  

Be sure to visit Von Pappe II  for more projects and to learn more about Claudia.


Claudia this is gorgeous, love the texture on your background and those houses are it!


January 17, 2017

Fabulous project!

Sarah Dunkley

January 17, 2017

ADORABLY SPLENDID Claudia. Here are my favorite parts: 1. The print in the clouds and complementing with print behind the windows. 2. The open door. 3. The fact that 'Let It Snow' is the perfect size not to overwhelm the village. 4. The snow in the perfect places. 5. The stars. 6. The amazing colors. 7. ALL OF IT - TOP TO BOTTOM!!! Just DELIGHTFUL. j.


January 17, 2017

Wow! This is stunning, Claudia. you have created a perfect winter village scene!


January 17, 2017

Love this, you did a great job!! Blessings


January 17, 2017

WOW, I just love this! Fab little scene Claudia.

Lisa H

January 17, 2017

Great use of the monoprints! And what a fabulous effect for this wintery scene!


January 17, 2017

I love the color combinations. The whole piece is wonderful


January 18, 2017

Great tutorial Claudia. Great finish too. Angela xXx


January 18, 2017

Love love love this


January 19, 2017

Aw! Thank you all so very much, ladies! Mwah! Claudia XXX


January 23, 2017

I LOVE this project Claudia, fabulous wintery little scene and colours!!! Thanks so much for the full step-by-steps process, it's great! X


January 24, 2017

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