Snowflakes by Fiona Paltridge

Hello everyone! Well it’s taking a bit for me to get back into the swing of things after the new year but here I am with a quick little step by step tutorial on how I created the background for this wintry layout.

It’s our summer at the moment so it felt really weird making a winter layout in January but I just love this collection “Northern Lights” from 7 Dots Studio that I just had to give it a go.

So I started by adding some coordinating colours to a plastic bag. You could use an actual paint sheet like a craft mat, I just couldn’t find mine! then I used my brayer to smoosh the paint together (yes smoosh is the technical term here).


Once the paint was nicely smooshed, I pressed my triangle Gel Press shape onto it and picked up some of the colours and then transferred that onto my background piece creating a snowflake like pattern.


Next up I cut up my clear stamp. yes I did that! I know it seems like the most sacrilegious thing to do but ….. it worked really well!! I needed strips of the pattern so the only real way to achieve this was to cut the stamp into strips. Do it! You’ll feel alive!
I stamped a strip pattern through the centre of the snowflake like design to create the details of the snowflake. I could start to see it all coming together now. phew …. this was an experiment so … it could have gone very wrong, but it worked out ok in the end.


Lastly, to make them look more snowflakey, I drew some white details over the stamping with my paint pen and gave the whole page some paint flicks in green, turquoise and white. Now I was ready to build the rest of my page.


I used some sticker elements, chipboard pieces and some die cut elements, I dressed the page up to look all wintry and beautiful. The hardest step was finding photos to suit. We don’t have snow where I live, we have beaches and sun, especially this time of year, so my pictures were not suitable. Then I found some photos of my beautiful girl and they were perfect! Here are some more details.

I hope you enjoyed my little step by step tutorial. it’s always fun to experiment and try something new. Looking forward to catching up with you all again very soon.

7 Dots Studio supplies:
Northern Lights – Nordic Winter Chipboard
Northern Lights – Die-cut Elements 6×12
Northern Lights – Element Stickers 6×12
Northern Lights – Word Stickers 6×12
Northern lights – Clear Stamps
Northern Lights – Frosted