I had the idea for this card several days ago and had been itching to get on with making it. I knew it would not be a quick process to create. In fact, part way through the creation I decided that this would not be a card that I’d ever send out – I’m going to keep it as a decoration of sorts. A piece of artwork, I guess. Though it is a card. Actually that was a good decision, because the scene ended up adding a bit too much bulk and now the card doesn’t close quite properly… Whoops?
My starting point was the animals for my scene. I took stamps from both Paper Smooches’ Chubby Chums Pals and Chilly Chums (I considered Chubby Chums too but ended up not using any of them), and used masking to add accessories to them all. I stamped them onto a snippet of white and then took the sheet to work with me to colour and then fussy cut during my break. I kept the colouring fairly simple, aiming to give them all the look of being lit from ahead. I did that partly because I hadn’t yet decided who would go where, so directional shadowing could have complicated matters.
The next part of the process was to cut the hills for the background. I took a piece of glitter cardstock and free-handed the slopes using my craft knife. I had to cut two pieces to reach across the full card base (which is a pre-made base) and made sure to match up the slopes where they would meet in the middle. I also took a snippet of pearlised blue card to slip in behind as a little icy area on one end.
Next I worked on the other elements for my scene. The blue vellum clouds came from my box of previously die cut snippets, as did one of the white glitter clouds, and the rest I cut fresh from the same glitter cardstock. They are cut with Lawn Fawn’s Simple Puffy Clouds. The trees, cut with the Impression Obsession Evergreens die, were cut from snippets of some different shades of green. Also, whilst digging through my die cut snippets box I spotted the little umbrella and decided that my bear had to be holding an umbrella. I did cut a new shade for the umbrella from some Christmas themed paper.
With all my elements prepared I got started on gluing together. I used Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue on the back of my hills and the ice sheet and glued them into place. I then attached the clouds, also with Tombow, making sure to hide the adhesive on the vellum clouds behind the white clouds (or in one case behind trees.) I then used my liquid glue to attach the trees in place. I tried to keep the smaller trees towards the back, as well as having the brighter colours further forwards. Next I adhered all the animals into place. The final touch was the umbrella – I used my glue pen for the handle as it’s so tiny, and again my Tombow for the shade of the umbrella.
I then went back in and added a sentiment – I took one of the sentiments from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages and stamped it in black.
With the scene done the card was kinda-sorta done. But of course cards are normally decorated on the front! So I decided I had to add something on the front of the card. I took two of the sentiments from Chilly Chums and stamped them in the corner, almost as an invitation to come inside. I heat embossed them in white, along with some swirls which come from The Cat’s Pajamas Polar Holiday. And then the card was actually finally done!
I’m really pleased with how this turned out! I love the little scene and it was such fun to make. It’s a fairly simplistic but very cute scene. I’m happy with how the elements came together. I just wish that the bulk hadn’t caused the card to not fold properly – I think it would have been better using a lightweight glitter paper rather than the thick glitter card stock. But it looks good, and that’s the main thing!
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