Tuesday 10 December 2013

Christmas Magic

To delight in the magic of Christmas brings a warm feeling to the heart! Who remembers planning for Santa to come and watching the snowman we'd made earlier in the day, waiting to spy the slightest motion under the night sky? I remember finding buttons for the eyes and mouth from my mother's button box,  a carrot sneaked out of the fridge for the nose and rummaging around in closets, searching for just the right scarf for him or her to wear. Wasn't the hat the trickiest part to plan? It seems to me that I always wanted a top hat, but settled for a knitted toque! 

I bought this cheerful snowman stamp set last year and finally used it this year. What I liked about it, is that there are so many arrangements you can make, because the pieces are all separate. You can decide your own placement. (stick arms, candy cane, hat, bird, sign.) There are other pieces in the set that I didn't use.

This card is for a special friend and her family. They have had many challenges in the last few years. I was specifically thinking of her darling little son when I made this card. I hope it makes him smile when he sees it. 

To make the background scene, I masked the snowman and the snow. Sponging took care of the shading. I wasn't too happy with how my Inktense pencils worked on the paper, but that can be remedied with more practice on my part! 
I wanted the whole design to look uncluttered, childlike and simple. I hope seeing this card brings back the warmest childhood memories like it did for me. :)

Stamps: AI "Mouthfuls Snowman", Amy R stamps "Big Christmas Wishes"
Inks: Versafine black, TH tumbled glass.
Other: holiday ribbon, Inktense pencils, black Sharpie, SU markers, Laurentian grey marker, Glossy Accents, Aleene's tacky glue, pop dots, snow pen, white gell pen, mini snowflake stickers, Stamp Art cloud stencil.
Techniques: masking, sponging, fussy cutting, paper piecing, watercolour. 

I'm going to enter this card into the #124 "Merry and Bright" challenge at Art Impressions stamps, http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.ca/2013/12/challenge-124-merry-and-bright-new-ai.html

Simon Says, "Make Your Own Background",

CHNC challenge #154, "For Someone Special".


  1. What a sweet card! I love what you've done with his scarf and top hat. It suits the snowman perfectly! Thanks for joining us at Art Impressions. Happy Holidays! Renee

    1. Thanks Renee for your kind words. Happy Holidays to you too!

  2. Thanks for entering your lovely card for CHNC challenge 154 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for December - I'd love to see it there too. And you could also enter The Glory of Christmas 22 x

    1. Hello, Hazel. Thanks so much for your comment. I took your advice and entered it into the challenges you mentioned. Merry Christmas to you!

  3. Thanks for adding for the Glory of Christmas 22 hope to see you again soon. x

  4. This is a delightful card & your cute snowman is sure to bring a big smile to your friend. She will love the card, but even more, your thoughtfulness in making especially for her family. I thought your Inktense pencils looked great! TFS

  5. Thanks for entering this lovely card for my CHNC challenge extra for December - hope to see you again soon. x