January 16, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Well, not so much today, it is 38 degrees at the moment! But it sure has been cold here and I am happy to know it is going to be above freezing today! We finally got down to the river last Sunday and took a few photos of the ice on the river. It was so amazing to here it crackling and crunching as it floated down stream. We got there just as the sun was setting and the light was just gorgeous!
This week has been a long one, my PT student started Monday, but he is great! Very motivated and wanting to learn despite being in a different setting from his other clinicals. Rehab is quite different from outpatient PT! Speaking of this, I really appreciate all the kind comments made in regards to what I said in my last post about being a PT on rehab! Thank you! I look forward to the next eight weeks that my student is with me, as a wonderful learning opportunity and chance for growth, not only for my student, but for me as well!


Now on to the Frosty tutorial as promised!
The original snowman was actually a wooden snowman nutcracker that I got at Michaels. I removed the wooden nutcracker handle since it didn't really work anyway and then just covered him with the paper. That was the tricky part,figuring out how to cover the rounded surface with paper. I finally decided to just go for it and see what happens, I came up with a rather simple way of covering a rounded object with paper.
Instructions:
Measure the height of the rounded object.
Cut the patterned paper that height.
Wrap it around the object to determine the length you will need to go all the way around.
(I am sure there may be another way to do this, but his worked for me!)
Cut it that length.
Cover the object with adhesive.
Wrap the paper around the object and get it in place.
Then lightly spritz the paper with water and start squishing the paper around the object.
It does wrinkle and crease the paper a little, but it gives it a nice distressed feel. Especially if you add a little distress ink later on.

I did the face, mid section and lower section each separately.
For the hat I started out with the same measuring technique, but then I cut darts in the paper along the bottom edge (the one that touches the hat brim). As I adhered it I allowed these areas to overlap as I went around the hat.
I painted the nose, hat brim, hands, bird and base with acrylic paint. I drew the smile with a marker and used chalk to add the rosy cheeks. I personally love to use YES! paste for my altered objects. It is slow drying, so you can move things around a bit until you get them where you want them, however it is really messy and sticky! But that's half the fun, right?!
I hope this tutorial is helpful! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!
I was going to add the ACOT travel layouts I just did, but this post is plenty long! I will save that one for another day!

Don't forget I am having a give away this weekend and after a little thinking, I have decided that if the winner wants to wait a bit for their prize I will throw in some of the new releases as well! How do you like that?!

Happy weekend!

9 comments:

  1. Juliana... this is the cutest snowman ever!! I love it!! TFS!!
    It was so gret chattin' with you last night too!! :)
    Hugs!
    Janice

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  2. Ooops! I accidentally rejected a comment by lfalduto! I will not let your name get taken out of the hat!

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  3. I've been checking your blog for awhile now - I just love your ideas.

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  4. Just when I think you have created the ultimate project you go and do something even more amazing!! I love this snowman and how you decorated and wrapped the paper around him. There are no words. I just love your style and am amazed by your skills. Thanks for sharing the instructions and can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for next time.
    xoxo, Christine

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  5. OMG, Juliana! I am in LOVE with your snowman! How clever you are to alter a nutcracker. Genius, my friend! And thanks for the tip on getting the paper on.....I'm definitely going to be trying something similar sometime. SO awesome!

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  6. Love this snowman.. amazing job! Lovin the sneaks and adorable snowman as well. Hope you're having a great weekend. :)

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  7. Wow, great, great blog you have here! And this snowman is sooooo cute, LOVE it!

    Thank you for sharing all your inspireing and beautiful work!

    Wish you a great week!

    *hugs*

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Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~Mother Teresa

HUGS!!!
JULIANA