My DIL took this picture of Miss S. teaching her brothers the fine art of bribery with milk, cookies and carrots for the reindeer. I wanted to capture the soft, magical colors of the photo, while giving a few hints of the sparkling lights in the background.
I chose several of the Bo Bunny Winter Wishes pattern papers that came in the Vintage Winter kit from Swirlydoos: Icicles, with the subtle pink pattern, and the more detailed Frosted and Whimsy.
To begin, I decided where I wanted to put my photo and lightly marked the place with a pencil. This let me know just where to use a stamp to add a bit of background texture.
I cut a 5" square from the Whimsy paper and used one of my favorite punch sets, Martha Stewart's Cherish to create a background frame. The photo was mounted on a piece of brown cardstock, then on a bit of packaging to give it some depth and glued to the punched piece.
I cut a few long pieces of the Frosted sheet, taking advantage of the striped pattern, and arranged them horizontally and vertically behind the photo. When I was satisfied with the arrangement, I glued it all down.
I've had this package of Prima flowers for quite a while and I love how they bring out the colors of the Christmas tree lights. I added a dangle piece from my collection of odds and ends. The clay swirls were made with the IOD Baroque 1 Mould. I've lightly applied a bit of Blush Gilding Wax to give them a hint of color.
To finish, I placed a few Kaisercraft self-adhesive pearls around the edges of my punched frame.