Thursday, December 22, 2016

Snowman Gumball Machine 
and Santa Baby Layout 
By Sue Smyth

For Christmas this year I decided to decorate a gumball machine,
but when I went to buy one, I could not find what I wanted.
So a good friend gave me hers, only catch was, the glass ball
was cracked. 

Since it broken I decided to make  it an non working gumball machine,
and turn it into a snowman snow globe.

I have added lots of glittered foam balls to the top and coming
out of the gum slot, as if the snowman is sending
snowballs down the chute.

I also wanted to use the skeletal feather as a kind of branch
with lots of snow on it, see how below.

I have added some gorgeous red berries and natural 
mini pine cones for lots of dimension.

Inside the glass ball is a snowman sitting in the North Pole
I have used the spade picket fence to encirle it all
and made my own north pole from an old plastic candy cane.

I have added pearls around the metal plate and lots of 
white fibres.

I typed out the 'snowballs' and printed it out,
then carefully adhered to the resin piece.

I have used some old ornaments here too, the snowflake and the trees
are just from Kmart, they match perfectly with 
the translucent look of the machine.

The pale blue and white, contrasts beautifully with vibrant 
reds, so I chose this perky snowman for the centre 
of the acrylic snowflake.

A crown of snowballs, after I embossed the ID circle frame
I have adhered it to the top and filled in with an 
assortment of glittered foam balls, and clear beads.

I have altered the sides, see below, with layers of 
gesso, metallic paints and pearl paint. Using 
chipboard and punched out snowflakes for texture.

Here I have used my Faux snow piled up on the bottom as 
snow does. I have published the recipe many times but if you missed it
here it is again.

1 teaspoon of Diamond Dust or coarse glitter
1 teaspoon of gesso
3 drops of Dimensional magic 
stir together until well mixed and apply as needed.

This is the plain machine, I have started with a coat of gesso.

And applied gesso to the glass with a sea sponge.

Then I have applied texture paste to the top and base
which I have used to adhere ID stars and some 
punched out snowflakes.

Around the bottom I have added some Art Stones. 

I repeated the look for the base, you will notice 
I did not put a lot of paint in the groves of the base
I wanted the blue to show through.

To make the base inside the globe, I have cut
a circle from cardboard, and applied gel medium.
Then add wads of tissue to make faux snow mounds.

When the top is dry paint it again with white gesso.

Then spray with a blue glimmer style mist.

Rub over some metallic silver paint, and also pearl paint
for a neat sheen.

Now I add my faux snow mix, in little drifts along the bottom.
This will set quite hard and be very durable.

To alter the fence I have painted both sides with white gesso.
then I have stippled lots of gesso over the top of the fence only.
Do this several times until you are happy, add in a sprinkle of 
mini art stones too for more texture.

Altered skeletal feathers 
Paint the feathers with white gesso.
Trim off the outer edges.
Then ink with a turquoise ink.

Now add lost of lumpy gesso to the edges.
Dry with heat gun and allow to blister.
Do this until you are happy with the snowy look.
Then bend and ruffle the branches.

Santa Baby Layout  

Next is a layout using the same colours and ideas.
This is a photo of my precious first born son, one that took 
a lot of heartbreak and loss to achieve.
He was born on 20th December 1997, so Christmas is 
a special time of year for many reasons(a daughter born on 
13th December too). 
I had to wait a whole year to get this cheeky toddler shot,
little did I know that precious son number 2 was well 
on the way when I took this photo.

The Imaginarium layered ornament is just perfect here
The base is painted with a metallic red paint, and
the top is embossed with aged gold emboss powder 
for a luxurious look.

Small alpha simply painted with pearl paint
make my title.

Here I have used the same skeletal feathers as above,
add in berries, flowers and some white holly leaves and
you have a winter floral cluster to die for.

I have used a stencil and gesso to give texture to my 
base cardstock, later I added pearl liquid pearls for dimension.
I have just followed the design of the stencil.

Some glittered stars just finish off the left hand side.
Paint the stars with gesso and then add a thin layer
of dimensional magic and white glitter and your done.
The dimensional magic allows the glitter to sink in and therefore
you have less glitter shed.

So once I have added the stencil with gesso, and sprayed with 
a glue glimmer style mist, I made a slurry 
of gesso, and flicked it over the background.

I have used a flick brush to get perfect splats.

Happy Crafting 
and a 
Merry Christmas 
to all 


  1. Great Christmas ideas - love that snow globe!!

  2. I always look at your projects in awe Sue are such an inspiration.
    hugz xx Merry Christmas x

  3. I think I have died and gone to Heaven Above! Your gumball machine is absolutely magical! I love every little detail on it! It makes me think of days gone by and playing in the snow as a child! Thank you for the memories!'Your layout is also quite fantabuliscious too! Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!