Hi, it’s Karen here with a quaint little Christmas Village using a Joggles accordion book as the backdrop and some Joggles Wonky House Stamps. If you love paper dolls, then you will love this wonderful display that is perfect for the mantel or your holiday dining table. Follow along as I explain how to create this breath-taking snowflake background step by step. The best part is that you can set up the village houses differently every time you put this scene up.
Joggles Accordion Book – 7 x 5 inches – 8 pages
Other Supplies: Snowflake Embossing Folder, Embossing Powders: Seafoam White & White Pearl (Stampendous), Chocolate Brown (Stampendous), Baby Blue (Heat It Up), Magic Moon Pearls (Lindy’s Stamp Gang), snowflake buttons, patterned card stock/papers, Brilliance Pigment Ink – Moonlight White & Pearlescent Sky Blue (Tsukineko), paint brush, transparency, Crackle Primer and Paste (BoBunny), white card stock, red permanent pen, Tender Teal Archival Seeds and Round Water Dew Drops (The Robin’s Nest), craft knife.
Use a snowflake embossing folder to add texture to the accordion book pages. Do not emboss the entire surface of the pages but allow some un-embossed space to remain so that rubber stamped images and stencilling can be added.
Next, apply Glossy Accents clear dimensional glaze to a random selection of the embossed swirls and snowflakes. The glaze will act as a resist and prevent the paper from absorbing any color so the images will remain white. Set aside to dry thoroughly.
Use Versamark Ink to stamp snowflakes onto some of the un-embossed sections of the album. Heat emboss using either clear, white, pearl white, or baby blue embossing powder. Hold the Versamark Ink Pad horizontally over the raised snowflake images and gently swipe over them. The ink will adhere to the images that were pressure embossed in Step 1. Apply embossing powder and heat set. TIP: Stamp images over the folds in the accordion book to create a continuous scene
Place the Joggles Endless Swirl Stencil over the remaining flat areas of the accordion album. Use a sponge applicator to apply Ranger Distress Inks (Peacock Feathers & Stormy Sky) through the stencil. (TIP: Place the stencil over the folds in the accordion book to create a continuous scene.)
Use Versamark Ink to stamp a variety of different size snowflakes onto transparency. Apply embossing powder and heat emboss. (clear, white, pearl white, or baby blue embossing powder)
Carefully, fussy cut the snowflakes and set aside.
Apply Gelato to lightly color the remaining space around the snowflakes. Use a wet paint brush to apply the Gelato (Elderberry, Cotton Candy, & Blueberry) to help it sink into the embossed crevasses.
Stamp small snowflakes randomly over the entire accordion book using Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue Ink.
Tip: To create overlapping snowflakes, use a rubber stamping technique called masking. Cover part of a snowflake image with scrap paper and then stamp partially on the scrap paper.
When the scrap paper is removed, the stamped snowflake appears to be behind the other image.
Apply a generous layer of Ranger Texture Paste to a few small areas with a palette knife. Use a stamp with a simple bold design and press it gently into the wet Texture Paste. Doing this will create a textured impression which will remain after it dries. Enhance the impression with Gelato Paints and Perfect Pearl Mists.
Highlight the detailed snowflakes by misting them with Turquoise Perfect Pearls. After they have dried, add a frosty haze by swiping Moonlight White Ink gently over the images. Apply Stardust Stickles Glitter Glue carefully over some flourishes and transparent snowflakes. Next, use Glossy Accents Dimensional Clear Glaze and/or Clear Crackle Glaze to embellish or outline the snowflakes. Set aside to dry.
Stamp Joggles Small Heart Tree onto transparency using Stazon Timber Brown Permanent Ink Pad.
Use a Versamark Pen to color in the tree trunk. Apply brown embossing powder and heat set. Finally, use a red permanent pen to color the hanging hearts. Fussy cut and attach to a piece of sturdy cardstock.
Apply a thin layer of Crackle Primer randomly over small sections of the accordion book. When dry, apply White Crackle Paste over those sections and allow to dry. (Tip: Apply Crackle Paints over dark backgrounds so that the cracks will be more obvious because of the color contrast.)
Use Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp Joggles Wonky Houses onto various scraps of pattern papers. Cut the roofs apart from the houses and mix up the elements to create more variety.
Use a craft knife to cut out the windows and slice two sides of the door so that it hinges open. Next, remove the windows and fussy cut the curtains. Stamp extra windows onto white cardstock, adhere them behind the openings, and reattach coordinating curtains.
Lastly, add the final components to the houses by attaching chimneys, a wreath, holly, berry gems, and lights.
I hope you were inspired to create your own Snowflake Village. The background was incredibly fun to make because I layered so much media and you can’t really do it wrong. Making the houses was a labor of love since I got a bit carried away with adding details but it was well worth it. This is a great project which could be a family activity that could become a nice tradition of displaying each year.
Thanks for visiting & Happy Crafting!