Friday, January 30, 2009

winter diorama


I actually made this diorama to go with my Christmas decor, but I don't think I ever blogged it. I made it more wintery than Christmasy so I could display it until spring. This is likely the only snow I'll get in Georgia this year. It's housed in one of those great Ikea Ribba shadowbox frames I love and keep going on and on about.


The frame's actually pretty big, about 20 inches x 20 inches. I love how having the shadowbox depth allows me to build up the paper shapes with those 3D sticky dots to get some light/shadow play. I'm not happy with the birdie's feet or the berries, but I was too manic and time-poor to have a redo at Christmas, and now I'm just too lazy to unframe it in order to make them smaller.

I found I really love making these paper dioramas, and I plan to do a new one for spring with lots of branchy trees.

20 comments:

  1. I Love it, Larissa!
    And I think there is nothing wrong with the birdie's feet or the branch.

    And, acctually, you made me want to do one too. I never tried to make a diorama... and it sounds fun!

    Kisses from Brazil!

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  2. It's gorgeous! I'd be so proud of myself if I'd have made it! I agree with Thalita Dol, you've made me want to make one too! But where I live it's summer all year round, no winter, so tropical here I come! Thankyou for sharing!
    Aussie cuddles!

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  3. ^Look at you going GLOBAL!^ ;)
    I love the diorama. No redo necessary. Much more fun to move on to the spring version and all those pretty bright colors!

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  4. Love it! Now that my Christmas craftiness is finished, I am in the mood to start another project...I just might have to make a diorama. I can't wait to see what you come up with for Spring!

    (I did know that NieNie was posting again. Truely amazing after all they have been through and are continuing to deal with!)

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  5. That is very cute!!!! My oldest daughter seen it and asked if we could make one! =]

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  6. I love it! I am going to have to have my DL take me to IKEA!

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  7. it's so pretty! I wish I had your kind of talent to make myself some of those for every season

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  8. I love this and have to try one for myself one of these days. I like the birds little curled feet and I think the branch is nicely proportioned to the bird. The colors are great, love it!

    Oh and I got my charger for my camera back yesterday! New posts coming soon :).

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  9. I love it. It reminds me of 4 pictures that my mom has. They have a central figure in each of the four seasons. Again I love this diorama and it would be a good way for me get rid of some of my scrapbooking paper scraps.

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  10. You're so smart to make a winter decoration that you can keep up longer. It's too cute for just one month out of the whole winter!

    -Sarah from Create Studio
    www.createstudio.blogspot.com

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  11. visually the sizes are just fine. if they were smaller i would be asking--is that a poopie? :) love it!!! the legs....and the berries.

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  12. this diorama is pretty lovely, really. i love this kind of thing!

    -nana

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  13. This is great! I just came across your blog and am scrolling through looking at all your cool ideas! These would make great Xmas cards...have you thought about submitting them to a gift card publisher?

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  14. everybody, thanks so much! your comments always make my day.

    Heather, that is very flattering, thanks for thinking it is card worhty material. As far as submitting it to anyone, that really is just not where my life is right now, timewise. Right now I'm just trying to enjoy the creativity and also keep on top of the raising and the schooling and the cleaning and the jazzercise. ha! :-)

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  15. Do you have any suggestions on where to go for a diorama how-to? I'd love to try something like that but am not quite sure where to start.
    Thanks!

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  16. sweet asylum,
    I did a free 3D owl tutorial that uses the same techniques that I use for dioramas. You can check that out just for some ideas or actually build it to give you a feel for the steps. Then go from there.
    Free 3D owl:
    http://www.skiptomylou.org/2010/06/20/3d-paper-owl-from-mmmcrafts/

    Also I have a step by step pattern in my shop called Frog In The Woods, and it will also give you a great start with the techniques.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/50620653/frog-in-the-woods-8x10-3d-paper-cut?ref=em

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  17. oops, sweet alyssum. Not asylum. Slightly different! sorry!

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