Sunday, 30 October 2016

Exclusive Blog Extra: Snowflake Embellishments by Brenda Brown

Craft Stamper readers will have seen the AMAZING canvas created by the super talented Brenda Brown in our brand new December issue! As promised, we are sharing a full step by step tutorial on how to create the snowflakes used to embellish that amazing canvas :)
We also have an extra project to share, showcasing the snowflakes pefectly....

Aren't those snowflakes just gorgeous?

So.... how to create them? Here is Brenda to explain...

Materials used
Layered Snowflake and Stacked Snowflake dies.
DecoArt Media White Gesso
DecoArt Medium Transparent Crackle Glaze
DecoArt Medium Gloss or Ultra Matte Varnish
DecoArt White Antiquing Cream
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint: Quinacridone Magenta; Paynes Grey; Titan Buff; Titanium White
White card
Paint brushes
Water mister

Step by Step… Mixed Media Snowflakes
1 Die cut snowflakes from card and seal with gesso. Emboss using the embossing folder that accompanies the Layered Snowflake die.  

2 Work on each snowflake one at a time, spritz with water and dab on chosen colour of paint, add a second colour whilst still wet and heat dry. 

3 Turn your snowflake over, you will see the colours seeping underneath the edges and being soaked up by the non-sealed card.  

4 Continue to add layers of water and colours (and mix colours to create various combinations), until you are happy with the results.  

5 Add more interest to some by rubbing white paint over it using your finger and keeping very little paint on it.  

6 You could also try adding transparent Crackle Glaze or gloss varnish, then white or black antiquing cream and finish with gems given a quick coat of gesso.

To finish the project: Seal the snowflakes with a coat of ultra matte or gloss varnish, stack some of them together and perhaps adhere some glitter. Add them to your Fragile Winter mixed media canvas or make yourself a winter wall hanging like the one pictured above.

Thanks Brenda! We love the snowflakes ...

Check out the December issue of Craft Stamper Magazine to see the full tutorial for Brenda's Fragile Winter canvas! This issue will hit the shops on Friday, November 2nd. 


  1. Brenda's work is always impressive and this creation is no exception! Anne x

  2. Gorgeous snowflakes Brenda, great technique too!

  3. A stunner and can't wait for my copy to arrive.
    Fliss xx

  4. so beautiful - can't wait for mine to arrive so I can look again!! Hugs rachel x

  5. Such beautiful snowflakes from Brenda. She always produces such stunning work. Wonderful piece xx

  6. Thank you for your lovely comments. Hope you enjoy the techniques xxx


  8. Wow, that is amazing, thank you for sharing your techniques Brenda! Deb xo