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PENNY HANUSZAK, CONSULTANT, Independent Stamping Up Demonstrator, http://pennyhanuszak.stampinup.net


Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Gretchen Barron recently held a unique and fun contest on her site, challenging stampers to sellect a project from the new Idea Book and Catalogue and to make it their own.  I was very excited about this challenge, and thought wow, I can do that!  And I have, only I was too late to enter into Gretchen's contest because I was out of town duringher time frame. 

The project that inspired me is on page 21 of the catalogue and is made with the Snow Much Fun Set. I loved this set from the moment I laid eyes on it and when I saw the sample in the new Idea Book and Catalogue, I just knew I had to recreate it and make it mine!

Okay so here's my version and the changes that I made to this card's design and set up.
I liked the warm homespun color combo in the sample card and decided to go for the same look.  My card started with a base of Confetti Cream (102835) cardstock and the image and sentiment were stamped on this too.  I chose Soft Suede (115318) for the first layer of the card and embossed it with the Framed Tulips Embossing folder......... I know it's a stretch but on this card the tulips look like little Christmas lights.  Okay so I have a big imagination......try squinting.  I'm sure you'll see what I mean. 

For my next layer and the one behind the sentiment I used Real Red (102482) cardstock.  I liked the look of the ribbon on the original card so decided to do the same and used 5/8" Real Red Grosgrain.  I also liked the way the Bigz Die Square scallop from the Scallop Squares Duo (120903) looked so retained that element but I wanted to change up the image by adding the cute little snowball and bird. All images were stamped in Chocolate Chip and colored with markers.  I used a Crumb Cake marker to create a shadow effect around the image.  Once I finished colouring this image I stamped a second one, repeated the coloring then cut it out and mounted it on dimensionals over the original snowman.  When I was cutting around the second image, I omitted the boots, arms, ends of the scarf and tassel on the hat, they show through from the original image and by piecing in this way you get a lot of dimension.  I used one of the sentiment stamps from the Snow Fun set and punched it out with the Modern Label (119849) punch and then mounted it on a strip of Real Red cardstock which was about an 1/8" wider.  I hand cut the points on each side of the sentiment and then mounted the label with dimensionals onto the ribbon.  Finally, I adhered Dazzling Diamonds with 2-way glue pen to the hat brim, snowballs and ground to give a shimmery effect. 

I was so pleased with this little guy and wanted to share how easy this card was to make, that I added him as one of the cards in my Christmas in July SAS workshops on July 10th and 13th.  Lot of ooooohs and awhs here....he was a big hit!  Hope you enjoyed this card as much as I do. I'd love to hear your comments. 


Dale Morin said...

Great job! Love your version!

Patti said...

Penny, this is "snow" adorable. Glad to see you back blogging.