Thursday, November 3, 2011


Christmas Snowman

Here is the second, and probably the most complicated, card from the September Make and Take. I’ve been seeing a lot of these center step cards in the online galleries and wanted to share this style of card with my Make and Take ladies. There were lots of steps to go through to complete this card, but I really love the end result! So did my guests!

Stamps: Snow Much Fun, Christmas Greeting, Serene Snowflakes
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy
DSP: Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Series Paper
Ink: Black Stazon, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Versamark
Merkers: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Dazzling Details, Pewter Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Sponge, Whisper White Craft Re-Inker, Aqua Painter, Northern Flurries Die, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Silver Brad, White Gel Pen

The card base is Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut at 4 ¼” x 11”. I used THIS TEMPLATE created by Connie Babbert for my cut and score lines. After you get your cardstock scored and cut properly fold on the score lines so that you have the center panel in front, and the side panels folded back. It’s a little tricky at first, but not too difficult to get the hang of.

For the two side panels I cut two pieces of the glittery polka-dot DSP ¾” x 4 ¼”. The edges were sponged with Night of Navy ink. These were adhered to two pieces of Night of Navy cardstock cut at 7/8” x 4 ¼”. Then the panels were adhered to the sides of the card that get folded back.

For the greeting panel I cut out a piece of Night of Navy cardstock ¾” x 4”. The snowflake from Serene Snowflakes was stamped onto the cardstock in Night of Navy ink to create a subtle background pattern. The greeting from Christmas Greeting was stamped onto the cardstock in Versamark, covered with Pewter Embossing Powder, the excess powder was tapped off, then the greeting was heated with the Heat Tool. This cardstock was adhered to a 7/8” x 4 1/8” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and was then adhered to the bottom of the card front.

For the snowman panel I started by cutting out a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock 2” x 4 ¼”. The snowflake image from Serene Snowflakes was stamped in Sahara Sand ink to create a background pattern. The snowman from Snow Much Fun was stamped in Black Stazon ink. Next I put a couple of drops of Whisper White craft ink into a plastic packaging that was heading for the trash can, you just need something to contain your ink while you work with it. I picked up the ink with the Aqua Painter and painted in the snowman and painted the snow on the ground. It dries a little bit lighter than what you have applied it on. After the white was completely colored in I heated it with the Heat Tool to get the ink to dry faster. Don’t worry if you cover up part of the buttons, eyes, mouth, or nose. We’ll be coloring those in later with markers.

After the snowman is completely dry I colored in the boots, hat, buttons, eyes, and mouth with a Basic Black marker. The birds and band on the hat were colored in with a Cherry Cobbler marker. Pumpkin Pie was used for the nose, and the scarf was colored in with the Night of Navy marker. The White Gel Pen was used to color the dots on the scarf. This panel was sponged around the edges with Night of Navy ink and was adhered to a 2 1/8” x 4 3/8” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock before being adhered to the card front center panel.

A snowflake was cut from a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using the Big Shot and the Northern Flurries strip die. The Paper Piercer and Mat Pack were used to pierce a hole through the center of the snowflake and the image panel. A silver brad was added to hold the snowflake onto the card. Dazzling Details was applied to the hills of snow that the snowman is standing on, the sides of the snowman body and face, and dots were added around the snowflake to give the card some sparkle. The card was set aside to dry.

Somewhat time consuming, but loads of fun to create! I hope you will give the center step card fold a try! It’s so much fun figuring out what to add to each of the panels!

Thanks for stopping by!