Welcome to day 2 of snowflake week. Here is a link to yesterday's post, My Snowflake Secrets in case you missed it.
Now on to today's post, picture snowflakes!
I am not exactly sure where I got the idea to put pictures in my snowflakes, but I am quite certain it was not an original idea of mine. I remember trying to do this as early as freshman year, so I think it is likely that someone on my dorm room floor sparked the idea. Whatever or whoever it was that gave me the idea, however, I have now developed 2 methods.
Something I really like about my forest snowflake is that the tree aspect of it is not really obvious and the subtlety adds another dimension; it could be just a snowflake, but it could also be a snowflake with trees in it.
My next method is in some ways a little less artistic in my opinion, but it allows for much more literal pictures. The first snowflake I ever did this way was a nativity scene. I have replicated the same scene many times since at the request of various friends; it makes a great gift when framed. I begin by cutting out a snowflake, but I leave a large amount of paper in the center of the snowflake.
Next, I unfold the snowflake and iron it.
After folding the snowflake in half once again, I generally sketch out my design. I will sketch out all the things I want to be symmetrical (in the nativity snowflake that means the manger, stable, and star). I then cut out along my lines with an X-acto knife before opening the snowflake again to draw in the parts of the picture (in the nativity, Mary and Joseph).
So there your have it, pictures in your snowflakes!