Winter Fairy Pattern and fun project!

It seemed time to come up with a new free pattern to give to all my favorite readers.  And that would be you!  With the cold weather all around, I thought a Winter Fairy might be appropriate.

winter fairy free pattern metal embossing tutorial

I used the pattern to create this metal embossed Winter Fairy out of a couple disposable aluminum cookie sheets, similar to how I made the Enchanted Fish, and the Sleeping Mermaid.

You can use the pattern to create an embossed metal piece, or create something of your own.  Some ideas for use would be:

Faux Stained Glass
Drawing in pen and ink
Batik with Crayons
Painting on Mirrors
Decorative Painting
Fabric Painting

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For this project I used:

2 disposable aluminum cookie sheets (you can find the smooth bottom ones at most party supply stores)
knitting needle and paintbrush (for embossing tools)
black spray paint primer
acrylic metallic paints
stick-on gem stones

Winter Fairy pattern

winter fairy free pattern embossed metal tutorial

Cut off the sides of one of the cookie sheets and then prepare the edges as I did in step one of the Sleeping Mermaid tutorial.

Lay a towel down on your workspace, lay the metal sheet down on top of the towel and lay the pattern on top.  Use the knitting needle to trace the pattern onto the metal.  You do not need to press hard.

winter fairy free pattern embossed metal tutorial

Once the pattern has been transferred, use the end of your paintbrush and the knitting needle to rub indentations into the metal.  The towel underneath give you some play, but be careful not to push too hard.

winter fairy free pattern metal embossing tutorial

There is no right or wrong way to do this.  Create your own masterpiece!

winter fairy free pattern metal embossing tutorial

Here, I have completed the base.  I chose to make the wings in 3D, so I am using a separate cookie sheet to create them.

winter fairy free pattern metal embossing tutorialwinter fairy free pattern metal embossing tutorial

Trace the wings and an extra snowflake onto the second cookie sheet.  Emboss them.  Once they are embossed to your satisfaction, cut them out along the edges of the pieces.

Spray all pieces with the black spray paint primer and allow to dry.  Once dry, glue the wings and snowflake in place.

winter fairy free pattern metal embossing tutorial

Paint with acrylic metallic paints – in this case I used lots of blues, purples and silver.  Once all the color is where you would like it, touch up the lines with black metallic paint.  Then finish with sparkly gems!

If you decide to download my free Winter Fairy pattern , I would love to see what you make from it!

For a great video on this embossing technique, look here!

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  • Michelle Colebourn January 21, 2018, 3:53 pm

    Thank you. Lovely! Could you tell me which type of glue you use please?

    • Susan Myers January 22, 2018, 3:28 pm

      Hi Michelle,

      I used E6000 glue.

      Would love to see what you make!


  • Mother of 3 January 16, 2017, 7:02 am

    That is so beautiful! I would have never thought to use a disposable baking pan for art! What a fun idea; one I can’t wait to try with my boys.

  • Marie January 11, 2017, 7:15 pm

    Using disposable cookie sheets is genius! I think your embossed artwork came out beautifully. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us at Merry Monday this week.

  • margaret stewart March 7, 2016, 9:56 am

    I am soooo thrilled to find this site!!!! I have been wanting to put u a tin ceiling tiles but to expensive… I have a way to do it and also make it very colorful and inexpensive. Thank you for sharing your techniques and ideas. Shopping today for trays. Cant wait to get started. The ceiling s in my shabby chic spare bedroom. Will send pics

  • Pam Shipman December 7, 2015, 7:14 am

    I love all your projects. You are truly a talented artist. I wish I could be as creative as you, and I want to thank you for sharing your creations with those of us who want to be creative also.

    • Susan Myers December 10, 2015, 9:48 am

      Hi Pam!

      Thank you so much for your kind words! You totally made my day!


  • Julie October 5, 2015, 5:51 pm

    Such a good idea to use the disposable foil sheet, the craft metal sheets are just so expensive. I love your design too, the whole thing is just lovely.

  • Carolyn April 28, 2015, 8:56 pm

    Love these!!! I am having a hard time finding the cookie sheets, so I have oven liner pans. Hoping these work. What size do you make your pictures & do you just enlarge the pattern at the copy store to make it work. I would like mine at least as large as the oven liner pans. On your faux tile patterns, are they the size they print on the printer? Thanks for your help. Carolyn

  • Joy Anne June 23, 2013, 2:15 pm

    Suzy, you are so CRAZY talented! I happened to come across your site last night, and have not left since! You have wonderful ideas and such excellent instructions. The Winter Fairy Pattern is especially pretty. I noticed you said you would be coming out with a fairy for each season. As it is almost the end of June, I was wondering if a spring and summer fairy had been created. I would love to do all 4 seasonal fairies in one large picture!! Thank you, Joy Anne

    • Susan Myers June 23, 2013, 8:55 pm

      Hi Joy! Thank you so much for your kind words! You totally made my day! Yes, I said I was going to do Fairies for all four seasons, and I still plan on it. I have been slammed with other projects and even started another website this past month, so I have gotten terribly behind. I am currently designing my latest quilt pattern and then I am back onto the fairies. So please keep an eye out. All my fairy patterns will be free of charge.

      Thanks so much for stopping by the Sitcom!!

  • This is so beautiful, and I still can’t get over this started as a cookie sheet! 🙂 I definitely want to try this – added it to my really long list of projects I plan on doing at some point…you know: when I find some free time. Hah! Thanks for sharing the free pattern!

  • Paula January 25, 2013, 11:01 am

    oh wow she is gorgeous, love the snowflakes to, it’s awesome!!!

  • Johnnie January 25, 2013, 10:50 am

    I love it, Suzy! The wings are my favorite. xoxo

  • Nicole/Beadwright January 25, 2013, 9:26 am

    This is very cleaver. I have enjoyed your blog and thank you for sharing so many great ideas.

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