I LOVE snowmen stamps (and snow women stamps, too!). Today's snow person seems to be of the snowman variety, and I think he's just cute as can be!
Stampin' Up! has had several stamp sets that have allowed us to create and decorate our very own snowmen so that each one is different – as are real-life snowmen. It's a good thing that I have these stamps to use because I don't get much opportunity to build the real thing in the Hawaii rainforest! I do occasionally see snow on the top of the mountains here on Hawaii's Big Island. But that's as close as I get!
This year's snowman builder stamp set is called Snow Day, with its big stamp including all three big snowballs that have been piled up to make this cute guy. I've seen him stamped in many colors on both light and dark paper, and he always looks different – and fun! For my card today, I used the colors that are in this week's Create with Connie and Mary Winter Collection Color Challenge – Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Smoky Slate. I really wanted to see what the snowman looked like stamped on the Pool Party, thinking that I might change to one of the other colors of cardstock if I didn't like it. But once I stamped AND embossed the image, I was hooked on the Pool Party.
To make the image show up nicely on the Pool Party cardstock, I first stamped it using Whisper White Craft Ink. Then I embossed it using a mixture of White and Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. The Iridescent Ice makes the snow sparkle a bit just like real snow does on a sunny day! For his face, arms and buttons, I used Jet Black StazOn Ink and stamped directly onto the embossing image. (I'm still debating about whether to include a "carrot" nose – I really do like the colors the way they are!).
There is a stamp that looks like a scart in the stamp set. But I thought I'd try a little piece of the Smoky Slate 3/4" Chevron Ribbon. By little I mean that I snipped a narrow strip along the length of the ribbon. Then I tied a knot to make it look like a scarf, and stamped the hat image using Smoky Slate Classic Ink on some Whisper White Cardstock.
To create the sense of the snowman standing out on a hill, I cut the Pool Party cardstock in a wavy shape from the left and right edges of the Pool Party up to the edges of the stamped image. I then traced the lines onto some Coastal Cabana Card Stock and cut that before placing it up against the cut edge of the Pool Party layer, with some of the Coastal Cabana hiding behind the stamped image. Then I used a Blender Pen with some Whisper White Craft Ink to draw along the cut lines and embossed that with the White/Iridescent Ice blend.
For the layers I found that the little strip of Whisper White Cardstock around the stamped image really set the Pool Party/Coastal Cabana layer off from the Smoky Slate Layer. And of course I really liked the idea of stamping the Snowflake from the stamp set all along the edges of the Smoky Slate cardstock layer. I embossed those snowflakes with the White/Iridescent Ice blend, too!
For the last little bit of stamping, I stamped a few snowflakes on the Pool Party layer. But rather than making them as bright as the rest of the card I simply stamped them with the Whisper White Craft Ink and embossed them with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder. They still show up, but are as muted as a falling snowflake usually is!
These three layers are all mounted on a base of Coastal Cabana Cardstock, cut into a 4-1/4" x 11" piece that's folded to make a 4-1/4" wide by 5-1/2" high card, folded at the top.
I had so much fun with this challenge (and, yes, it was a color challenge! Maybe I'm getting more used to them?). You are invited to participate in this challenge, too! It's not just limited to those who have purchased the subscription to the Create with Connie and Mary Winter Collection. But now that I've seen all the projects in the collection, I can tell you that you should definitely think about purchasing it! You'll have lots and lots of ideas to take you right through all the holidays from now until the end of the year! You'll definitely have fun with it!