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November 02, 2011

Deer Snow Globe

Easel peace, deer snow globe Christmas card
This card was SO much fun to make. But what made me happy was, the snow globe practically made itself! Read on and you'll see what I mean.

Cartridges used are listed at the bottom. I love the colour combination of blue and brown.

deer snow globe card front
The snow globe is cut at 5" three times (1 on blackout from white CS, 1 from metallic bronze, and a shadow in brown). If you take a closer look, you'll notice that the deer actually appears to be inside the glass snow globe. I tried using clear acetate as a glass overlay but it wouldn't stick to the white felt. The felt was already lightly sparkled and had depth to it.

This is where it gets interesting! My bright idea was to create the look of glass using a piece of acetate cut to size. I had some sparkle glue that I thought would work to adhere the acetate to the felt. This stuff is pretty thick so I ended up spreading it with my fingers, being careful to only put it where the snow would really fly inside the globe. I pressed the acetate globe on top of the sparkly glue, pressed it down well and left it to dry.

When I came back awhile later and picked it up, the acetate layer completely fell off. But to my surprise, the sparkle glue (which was really paint) had flattened so perfectly it had created this beautiful glassy effect, without needing the acetate over top. In any light, this snow globe shines. Love it! If you're wondering why I only used 2 corners, read on. Click on the image to see the glassy look up close.

Finished card size is 5" x 6".
Globe 5, Deer 3, PEACE 1-1/2, peace frame (tag) 3-1/2, corners 1.


deer snow globe easel card front
I won't get into all the details of how to make an easel card as there are tons of examples on Youtube. First, I created my personalized message on the computer, printing it in brown on white CS. I cut the printed page to 4-3/4" x 5-3/4" and inked all edges with bronze. 

PEACE Sentiment
The word "PEACE" was cut from white at size 1-1/2, twice. To one I added a good layer of MS sparkle and popped it with dimensionals to the other one. The frame is a pretty scalloped one that works well with the corners.

Now, notice the brown corners? When the card is fully open and displayed, they are right.

Cartridges Used
Winter Woodland - deer, PEACE and frame. The frame is a tag on pg. 79 cut at 3-1/2.
Sweethearts - corners cut at 1, shadow.
Joys of the Season - snow globe

Sequins and just the right ribbon dress up the snow globe.


  1. Hi Beautiful card. I'm a follower. I am going to have to try this card.. I don't have the Joys of the season cart, but I should be able to figure out how to make a snow globe. Thanks for the directions. Can't wait to see more.

  2. Beautiful card! I love the colors and images and that "snow" turned out perfectly...lovely winter scene!

  3. I, too, love blue and brown. Beautiful card. TFS. Love your new site!


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