Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Through the frosty window

Hi Brenda here and my turn to share a project with you today. I have been using some Tim Holtz dies and a canvas to create my frosty window and who do you think is inside?

Well lets start at the beginning.

I die cut Tim's window die out of greyboard and gave it a couple of coats of picket fence distress paint .....

... and when it was dry I added crackle glaze, another coat of paint and watched the fine crackles appear.

I cut a frsme from white card to go over the back of the canvas ......

.... and tore strips of tissue paper, scrumpled them up and using a wet glue a adhered them to the back and sides as shown.

I made a background for the shadowbox part of the canvas .....

... and created a 3D mount from a very small canvas which is to be used inside it.

Look you can see someone peeking out, I bet you have guessed who it is? Do you like the frosty windows, this is such a cool technique. I adhered some plastic packaging to the back of the window and then smeared a little matte multi medium in the corners of the four panes of 'glass' and when dry I painted rock candy crackle paint over them. Don't you think it gives a great effect?

I painted the frame I made black after I had glued it on and then added some grunge paste through a brick mask to create the walls.

When it was dry I used some decoart paints to create the brick colours and when that was dry I again used the matte medium to glue on some distress  rock candy dry glitter to give the walls a frosty look.

The window is closed and we still can't see who it is peeking out!!

The greenery was made using coredinations papers in different greens, run through the festive greenery strip die then sanded down and inked with walnut stain.

I also used some left over 'frosty' berries from last years decorations in with the holly and greenery.

And here he is sat peeking out, it's good old Santa Claus just waiting for the 24th so he can load up the sleigh and be off delivering all his presents. Not long to go now.

Have fun with all your preparations and don't forget Santa needs to know you have been good.

hugs {brenda} x0x


  1. A gorgeous idea and your brick work is amazing! Hugs x

  2. Fab idea love all of it especially how you have done the brickwork. You are such an inspiration to people. xx

  3. What a clever idea Brenda. The frame looks fantastic with it's crackled paint and frosted windows, and opening it up the joy continues. Jenny x

  4. Your window looks gorgeous Brenda


  5. What a delightful and fun project Brenda! I can just see how much fun you had creating it! Love all the little details, the frosty panes, the frosty look of the bricks, the whole idea of the frame and the beautiful textures and crackle, both on the frame and the little window pane itself. A great piece and I can well imagine the grand children really enjoying it too!

  6. Fantastic! You did such a great job on the wood, but then the frosty panes are even more amazing. Wonderful project.

  7. A brilliant canvas Brenda, love that window die and the way you have done the brickwork - it looks so realistic. Love this piece! Hugs, Anne x

  8. Fantastic use of the window die, Brenda. Love those up/recycled(?) berries too!

  9. Completely brilliant, Brenda - fabulous texture for the brickwork, lovely weathered wood window frame, and I love the frosted window panes! Father Christmas looks just perfect inside - it's altogether enchanting!
    Alison xx

  10. WOW!
    Completely blown me away, such a stunning creation. So nostalgic.

  11. Wow! What a make!!!!! The frosted window panes look real! I am thinking that Santa would rather be inside than flying through all that frosty air. I am really studying this - I have a feeling that the hardest part will be finding the right size of canvases. Wonderfully creative and well done I love the texture of the house. Bravo!!

  12. STUNNING! What an incredible window and the brickwork is amazing! Love all the texture and this is just such great fun! Fabulous project, Brenda! Hugs!

  13. This is a really gorgeous mini canvas, and a brilliant creation!! x

  14. So many details in such a small piece! It's wonderful, Brenda!