I started with a simple canvas that I purchased from the dollar store. Guess what it cost me? Ha, ha! I painted it with Gesso so that it would be a solid white and if I wanted to add paint over it, it would be a good foundation for it. I later decided not to paint it.
I then chose my image to put in the back ground. I chose winter trees from the Holiday Cakes cartridge. I wanted a simple design that I could repeat in different values of green.
The snowmen were embellished with buttons and pearls. I added teenie, tiny little pearls all over the picture to mimic snow. I just found these at CTMH. Wow, are they tiny and a really good price! The flower and brown roofs were sent through the Sizzix using different Cuttle bug folders. All of the edges of the house were distressed with walnut ink. I added stickles to the words to give them sheen, without added bulk and to soften the colors. I added one of the papers along the outer edges to cover the staples, then fancy ribbon over that to make the edges look nice.
Cartridges used: Winter Woodland, Holiday Cakes Pop-Up Neighborhood
Machines used: Expression, Gypsy, Sizzix
Other: Cuttlebug folders, pattern paper, card stock, ultra podge, buttons, stickles, slick, gesso, canvas, bling, pearls, metal embellishment, lace, glitter