Monday, December 8, 2014

Time for Snowmen!

At a cardmaking event that I attended earlier this year, one of the attendees brought a sample of a telescoping Mr. Snowman card that she had made at a card class she attended in her home town over 150 miles south of us.  We were all oohing and aahing over her very cute card, so our hostess held another card buffet making class with her version of Mr. Snowman for the participants to make.  Unfortunately, I missed this class due to traveling, but one of my cardmaking buddies made a picture of her completed card for me to see.  

I decided to try my hand at my version of Mr. Telescoping Snowman. The first sample I saw was done in pink, and the second in blue.  I decided to do my first attempt at the card in blue, as this color always makes me think of snow and cold when making Christmas cards.  My second version is done with purple as it makes me think snow and cold as well.  (Don't your hands turn those colors when cold?)  I decided my little hat and its brim would be embossed with an Argyle embossing folder, though it doesn't show up very well in the picture.  I also scalloped all my snowman's body parts, and I made a Christmas verse to fit inside his body balls.  

First I stamped around the verses with snowflakes, using the stamp-off technique.  Next, I completely finished the entire snowman's head with hat attached.  My third step was to attached the completed head to the white only of middle body ball and followed by adhering the blue scallop behind the middle ball, which embedded the brad's pointy ends in between the layers.  In step four, I inserted the bottom brad through the completed middle body ball and the white only of bottom body ball in the same manner as the head to the middle.  The last step was to adhere the bottom blue scallop ball to the back of white bottom ball.  When completed, all snowman circles will twist to stack on top of each other and telescope out to open.

Below are the completed blue and purple versions.  Next, I think I am going to make a pink girl version with a hat made using the Stampin' Up Large Tab punch that has retired.  It will be a cloche-style hat aka flapper hat.  She should be really cute!


Mr. Snowman in blue - Telescoped Open

Mr. Snowman in blue - Closed

Mr. Snowman in purple - Telescoped Open

Mr. Snowman in purple - Closed

Recipe:  SU carstock:  Marine Mist, Whisper White, Basic Black, Perfect Plum.  SU stamps: Snow Day (snowflakes), Stylin' Snowfolk (nose), Holiday Invitations (holly-2014 Holiday).  Stampin' Up Ink: Marine Mist, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive.  Spellbinders dies: Circles LG, Scallop Circles LG.  Stampin' Up punches: Decorative Label (hat), Word Window (brim).  Stampin' Up Embossing Folder: Argyle.  Stampin' Up 1/8" Silver ribbon (2014-15 Annual).  Other: rhinestone.  Circle sizes: 4-1/8"/ 3-1/8"/ 2-3/8".

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