Where has the week gone?  I can’t believe that it’s already Friday.  Between appointments, school committee meetings and of course my Stampin’ Up!-related work, this week has passed in a blur.

Today’s card was a collaborative effort between Soph and I, and was based on a similar card we saw in the Paper Crafts Holiday Cards magazine created by Heidi Van Laar (pg. 70).  She had created a snowman card out of layered circles, and I thought is was so cute that I had initially decided to re-create it exactly.  Then Soph thought it would be really cute with a hat instead – and then we started working on the hat together…and it just evolved from there!  I have to tell you that I had so much fun working WITH Soph – because we’ve always lived so far apart, it rarely happens.  Anyways, here’s how we made the card:

  1. Fold a 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ piece of textured Whisper White CS in half.  Lay a Coluzzle circle cutting system on top of it, and make sure that the fold of the CS is slightly outside of the circle.  Cut out the largest circle on the Coluzzle (it’s about a 4 3/8″ diameter circle).
  2. Cut out a 3 3/8″ circle out of textured Whisper White CS. Cut a 2 3/8″ circle out of textured Whisper White CS.
  3. Sponge the outer edge of each of the circles lightly with Basic Gray Classic ink and a wedge of a stamping sponge.
  4. Layer and stick the circles one on top of the other with a double layer of Stampin’ Dimensionals. Note that the circles are not centered on top of one another. 
  5. Punch out a star out of Pumpkin Pie CS using the large star punch.  Cut off one arm of the punched star – as you cut it, rather than cutting it straight across, cut it so that it is slightly curved.  Sponge the outer edges with some Pumpkin Pie Classic ink.
  6. Stick the nose to the face with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 
  7. Create the face using black rhinestones.
  8. Punch two snowflakes out of Chocolate Chip CS using the snowflake punch.  Use these two snowflakes to create the arms (you cut off everything except what you need).
  9. Stick the arms to the snowman, by putting a little glue on the end, sliding the end underneath the top circle and sticking them down.
  10. Take a 5″ piece of Real Red Polka Dot ribbon and tie it in a single knot.  Fray the edges by pulling out some of the threads.
  11. Stick it to the snowman with mini glue dots.
  12. Punch a wide oval (2″ x 1 3/8″) and two smaller ovals (1 3/4″ x 7/8″) out of Basic Black CS, and one of the smaller ovals out of Real Red CS using the Stampin’ Up! oval punches.
  13. Sponge the edges of each of the ovals with Q-tip and a little bit of Whisper White Craft ink.  Dot some Signo White Gel pen on the edges to create dimension.
  14. Stick the ovals, one on top of the other with Stampin’ Dimensionals, so that they are offset.  Cut the very edge of the Real Red oval and stick it just underneath the middle oval with 2-way glue – it creates the illusion of the band of the hat.
  15. Hand cut a couple of holly leaves out of textured Old Olive CS. Color them with a Certainly Celery and Old Olive Stampin’ Write marker.
  16. Punch out two 1/4″ circles out of Real Red CS.  Add shadows to them with Real Red and Bravo Burgundy Stampin’ Write markers.  Add some highlights with a Signo White gel pen.
  17. Stick the holly leaves to the hat with 2-way glue.
  18. Stick the hat to the snowman with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  You’re done!

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Ink: Basic Gray Classic ink; Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Real Red and Bravo Burgundy Stampin’ Write Markers
Paper: Whisper White textured CS, Old Olive CS, Real Red CS, Basic Black CS, Pumpkin Pie CS, Chocolate Chip CS
Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals, mini glue dots, 3/4″ Real Red Polka Dot ribbon (available in Stampin’ Up!’s clearance rack), wide oval punch, large oval punch, circle cutting system, snowflake punch, paper snips, Signo White Gel pen, black rhinestones, star punch