After seeing all the glitter projects in the November issue of Martha Stewart Living, I was inspired to immortalize this little house in glitter.
First, I had to tweak the picture a little bit. I wanted it to look like it was taken on a snowy day. So I went to one of my favorite photo-editing websites, Picnik, and made her look like this...
Much better. Now, I must warn you, the rest of these pictures are horrible. Try as I might, I couldn't get them to turn out the way I wanted, but because I know that my fabulous readers have equally fabulous imaginations, you will all know how utterly fabulous this project really turned out to be. (fabulous.)
I started out by printing 4 copies of the photo. Then I cut them into pieces, because my goal was to give the finished project a 3D effect. So piece #1 is the entire photo. Piece #2 is just the house. Pieces #3 and #4 are the dormers and the lawn, stairs and trees/bushes in front of the house. And piece #5 is just the lawn.
Then I got to have some serious fun. I used a paintbrush and spread Mod Podge (because I like it better than glue for glitter projects) over the snow on each of the pieces and poured glitter over the Mod Podge to create glitter-y snow!
Here's where the pictures really don't do the project justice. I was trying to get a good photo where you can see the 3D effect, and you can kind of tell in these, but not really. What I did at this point was use those puffy adhesive squares that you can buy at any scrapbooking/craft store to layer each piece over the one below until I achieved an adorable 3D glitter-y version of my cute house all dolled up for Christmas.
You can kind of see the 3D effect in this photo better. But anyway, I put the whole project in a pretty white shadowbox frame, and now when I pull it out every year for Christmas, I'll remember our first house with fondness! Wouldn't it be fun to make one for each house we live in? With the rate at which we move, I'll have my own Christmas village in no time. ;-)