by Janet Katz
How could I resist combining a snowglobe with a gingerbread house? The Cottage Globe dies married with the Cabin Snowglobe Pop Up Easel dies helped me create this sweet scene. I started with the cottage and cut it from 4 different colors of cardstocks: red, white glitter, honey-brown to represent gingerbread, and two from yellow. I trimmed the door off the honey-brown one. I cut another cottage from red paper and snipped off the door to use. I loved the idea of having a window in the door and was thrilled to see that I could put the red door upside down onto the cottage die and cut a window out of the door (yes, tweezers and reading glasses were critical for this).
I went over the door with a clear glitter pen. I used the window inlays from my two yellow cottages and inset them into the honey-brown cottage and the red door. Before I added the frosted roof, I used a white gel pen to doodle on the cottage, making it look like icing. Once the cottage was complete, the rest was easier. I die cut the fence and the tree from the same honey-brown cardstock and used my white gel pen to add snow. I cut two snow mounds from the snow die that came with the Cottage Globe die, one from white cardstock, the other from glitter cardstock.
I cut the two base pieces of the card from red and white cardstock. I cut the globe from pale blue cardstock and used a medium blue ink to just barely edge it with ink. I even glued down a few pieces of snowflake-shaped glitter to add to the snowy feel. Now I wanted to add candy to the scene. Some shaker bits and tiny tree ornaments I picked up at the craft store really fit the bill. I played with the arrangement before I glued things down.
I could have created the candy with paper and markers too. I glued down tiny peppermints onto the tree and I snipped the little hanger loops off the mini lollipops. Next I assembled everything onto the blue circle, starting with the tree, then adding the white snow, then the fence. Then I had to carefully glue down the lollipops. Next I used foam adhesive to adhere the glitter snow mound. I used liquid glue on the bottom of the cottage and foam adhesive on the top to get the dimension correct so it would sit level.
I next adhered the globe onto the white card base. I had die cut the snowglobe base from dark brown cardstock and the trim from a brushed gold cardstock. I glued these together and then only used liquid glue to adhere the base to the bottom of the glitter snow mound. I could have also put foam adhesive behind the base to attach it to the white cardstock, but it wasn't necessary. Finally I put everything down onto the red easel, attaching the white base to a narrow, pre-scored flap so the card can stand up. I liked my card as it was but I could easily add a sentiment to the base. This card would also make a great tree ornament as it is not too big. What can you imagine creating with it?