Free Pattern – Winter Fairy

by Susan Myers on January 25, 2013

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

Note: The finished project is currently for sale in my Etsy shop

For this project I used:

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

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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.  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.

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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.

winter fairy free pattern metal embossing tutorial

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!

Winter Fairy free pattern metal embossing tutorial

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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1 Joy Anne June 23, 2013 at 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

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2 Susan Myers June 23, 2013 at 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!!

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3 Laura / The Shed / Pet Scribbles / Socks for Sandy January 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm

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!

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4 Paula January 25, 2013 at 11:01 am

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

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5 Johnnie January 25, 2013 at 10:50 am

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

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6 Nicole/Beadwright January 25, 2013 at 9:26 am

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

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