Freebie Project! Snow Day by Vicki Saum

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Original Design by Vicki Saum

Friendly cardinals make friends with this snowman while snowflakes adorn the sky. This ornament is a sure-to-make gift for family and friends. Never painted before? Vicki shows how easy it is! You can put this snowman design on a different surface or the surface Vicki recommends. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vicki at



DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints:

  • Bleached Sand
  • Burnt Orange
  • Charcoal Grey
  • Deep Midnight Blue
  • Driftwood
  • Grey Storm
  • Lamp Black
  • Traditional Burnt Umber
  • Tuscan Red
  • Yellow Ochre

Dynasty Black Gold Brushes:

  • Assorted sizes of flats, angles, and liners (Note: Use brush size to accommodate area size being painted.)
  • Mezzaluna brush for dry brushing

Miscellaneous Supplies:

  • Water basin (to rinse brushes in)
  • Paper towels
  • Palette paper for acrylics or Styrofoam plates (to squeeze paint on)
  • DecoArt Americana Multi-Purpose Sealer
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Tracing paper and pencil
  • Graphite paper (to transfer pattern to surface)
  • Old Toothbrush
  • Palette knife
  • DecoArt Americana Matte Sealer/Finish Spray
  • 6” of black and white baker’s twine


Refer to photo for details when needed.


  1. Seal all sides with a coat of Multi-Purpose Sealer. Allow to dry well.
  2. Lightly sand with the grain and wipe free of any dust.
  3. Using tracing paper and pencil, trace pattern.
  4. Base coat the front, back, and sides with Grey Storm. Allow to dry completely.
  5. Place graphite between traced pattern and surface. (Note: Be sure you have the graphite side down before tracing.)
  6. Trace pattern onto surface.


  1. Paint ground Bleached Sand.


  1. Paint body Bleached Sand.  
  2. Where the body and the drift meet, shade Driftwood for shadow to be cast onto the snowman.
  3. Using Driftwood, shade along the left side, under the hat, along the left side, under the scarf, where the stick/arm inserts into the body, and under the coal buttons.


  1. To dry brush—dip brush into paint and remove 90% of it onto a paper towel leaving a hint of color on the brush. Dry brush a little Tuscan Red for cheeks.


  1. The mouth are five small “X’s” using Lamp Black and a small liner brush.
  2. The eyes are two larger “X’s” using Lamp Black and a small liner brush.


  1. Paint Burnt Orange using liner brush.


  1. Paint brim and crown Lamp Black but not the band.
  2. Leave the hatband Grey Storm and add Lamp Black checks.
  3. Using Driftwood, highlight along the top of the brim and the top of the hat.


  1. Base coat Deep Midnight Blue.
  2. Highlight along the top and under the fold with Driftwood.
  3. Using liner brush, add Deep Midnight Blue fringe with a touch of Bleached Sand.
  4. Randomly add little Bleached Sand snowflakes.


  1. Paint Traditional Burnt Umber.


  1. Paint each button Charcoal Grey.


  1. Base coat each bird Tuscan Red.
  2. Shade and add the triangle shape and the eye with Lamp Black.
  3. Using a small amount of Burnt Orange, highlight the top of the wing and feathers.
  4. Beaks are Yellow Ochre with shading of Traditional Burnt Umber on beak next to body.
  5. Traditional Burnt Umber is used for the legs on the bird standing in the snow.
  6. Add some Driftwood shading on snow under the standing cardinal to cast a shadow.


  1. Using the liner brush, add Bleached Sand snowflakes with a dot in the center of each snowflake. Dots may be made with the tip of a small brush handle or with a stylus.
  2. (Note: You may want to practice on a piece of paper first to be sure you do this step correctly.) To add tiny specks of snow, splatter with Bleached Sand by dipping an old toothbrush into a little paint (a thinner paint works better) then run a palette knife across the brush toward you to create a splattered effect.


  1. When project piece is dry, spray with a coat of matte sealer.
  2. Tie on twine for hanging.

(may need to enlarge or reduce pattern to fit your ornament, depending on your printer)

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