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11/02/2014

Christmas Card Club - Snowmen

Good afternoon, and Happy first Sunday in November to all of you lovely readers. I hope everyone remembered to set the clocks back an hour here in the USA. It's very pretty - but much colder & quite windy - in Upstate South Carolina today, . Yesterday morning we even had SNOW! Now I slept through it, so it's only hearsay on my part. DH assured me that he saw it on the house roofs as he was walking, & Bro #1 (who lives down the street), said he saw it laying in the yard. I'm just as happy to have been asleep while it happened.

Today our bi-monthly Christmas Card Challenge theme of Snowman was selected by our Miss Lorraine.

I've been playing with some background techniques while I've been MIA around here...just generally being slothful. Had seen this pretty card done by Maxine, and had been wanting to try making a gesso'd tissue paper background. Now my results look nothing like Maxine's, but it was fun. (and will be trying again to achieve such a pretty look as Maxine did). So here goes with the Christmas Club Snowmen card:


- Stampendous Snowman Friends (P235) using Memento Grey Flannel, colored with copics and WoS. Die cut with S/B Card Creator Detailed Scallops, sponged edges with DI Broken China and Salty Ocean. Diamond stickles for snow. Brushable glue on fur & pompoms, applied Sparkle n Sprinkle Twinkling Clouds.

- Die-Namics Snowflakes from some snippets of glitter paper.

-  S/B Enchanted Labels 28 (5x7 size) cut side fold shaped card base - though you can't see much of the details.

- PBlack Creative die Red and Greens (holly) cut from snippet of white c/s, colored with Copics & gel pen.

Now for the background mat: Gesso over Mixed Media c.s (#98 Canson), let dry. Gesso another coat, and crumpled snippets of blue tissue paper (saved from package wrappings from online orders). Tore these pieces and placed around the wet gesso, let that dry. Gesso'd over the top of the tissue, dry, then used Dylusions sprays in Bubble Gum, Teal and After Midnight. Some of these sprays were mixed with the White Linen, some just diluted with water. None were used full strength. Lindy's starburst sprayed over the partially dried Dylusions layer. This was done over a TCW stencil, but it's not showing very well. Maxine's stenciling showed up much prettier than this one did, but I still liked the result achieved. When testing papers for matting for these snowboys, tried the look of the tissue experiment, decided I liked it. Oh yes, forgot to say, that after drying, the edges of the tissue & paper were trimmed, as the tissue looks very raggedy when applied. I didn't try to keep a straight edge to the work in progress. It's easy to trim once the layers have dried.


Lower right corner showing texture

Top left, texture and card die detail


I hope you'll have time to take a look at my team members - list is posted on the sidebar. It's such fun to see each members' interpretation of the week's challenge. I'll be back later with some pictures of the fall in our neighborhood.

Since there's a few snippets on this card, and since I've not visited the Snippets Playground for a while, I'm off over the pond to see my little friend Parsnip, who guards the gates of the Playground for the Snippeteeers & week 149. Ya'll c'mon if you have time.

Also will submit this card over at The Mixed Media Card Challenge where the theme is Christmas for challenge #5.

Thanks for stopping to visit. I will try to do better about more frequent posting. Dunno why I've gotten so lazy of late...just don't seem in the mood to accomplish very much..but as they say: It is what it is! Ya'll come back when you can. Big Hugs.

45 comments:

Lisa said...

This is so gorgeous, Mary!! The background is so beautiful!! I love the adorable snowmen and their smiling faces!! What a fabulous card!! We had strong wind and rain and hail and snow all in one day on Halloween. Yuck. It's sunny today, but chilly. Definite fall weather. Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sarah said...

What a jolly trio Mary!! Just how snowmen (or should I say snow people just to be PC!!) should be!! Quite an appropriate theme as well by the sound of it. Stay warm xx

Sue said...

Really gorgeous card Mary so much to look at and I love that background you made!!! lots of huggles Sue xxx

Liz said...

I love this cute card.....those snowmen look SO cheeky! xx

Carol said...

Love this Mary from the gorgeous chubby snowmen to that fabulous tissue background (something else to go on my list of things to try!). The lace mat is perfect. Carol x

Far North said...

What wonderful background texture and dimension to set off your darling snowmen! Thanks for playing in the Mixed Media Card Challenge!

Jean Straw said...

I love these jolly snowmen Mary,and the lovely lacey mat. Your background looks great too and sounds like it was fun to make.
Jean x

Redanne said...

Wow Mary, you did an amazing job on the background, it looks fabulous to me! I do love those snowmen too, your card is really beautiful, I love it! Hugs, Anne xx

dutchess said...

Hi Mary....a really great effect with the background...its such fun trying new stuff....i love your snowmen images....and that lovely die cut!....super xxxxx

Rita said...

What a great card Mary. Love it. Hugs Rita xxx

Hazel said...

Mary. A great jolly snowmen card, I love it. Hazel x

Patricia said...

Brilliant card, loving the look of that background.
Great image so beautifully coloured.
It was a Beautiful sunny day here but very cold. Certainly won't complain for this time of year in these parts.
Have a great week

Patricia xx

Sue said...

I love the image. Can't believe christmas is fast approaching.

Hope you have a good week. Sue

Veerle said...

Stunning background Mary and I love these snowmen they're adorable. Hugs Veerle xxx

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Oh Mary, I just love these jolly little snow people! The border is just dreamy, and I must look for that loopy SB die you used. Great job with the technique.

Patti J said...

Mary, this is gorgeous! You are trying so many great techniques - I love them! And these snowmen are darling :) Great job!!!

jimlynn said...

That tissue paper background is beautiful - and looks just perfect on this pretty card! Love the little snowmen too.
Lynn

Carol L said...

That's a gorgeous background and some really cute snowmen as well! Fun card!

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is beautiful Mary I like all the detail and colours
Kevin xx

Karen Petitt said...

Any chance of a tutorial for the background Mary?
From what I can of the background it is stunning! I love your super cute snowmen and your use of colour is fabulous! A stunning creation and another card for 'our' boxes!
As for the snow well you can keep that I'm too achy as it is right now lol, and the idea of that cold really does not put me in a festive mood! Karen x

Pat said...

Those snowmen are so cute and are sitting on the prettiest mat. The colours of the snowmen are echoed beautifully in that background and the tissue paper gives it great dimension. The snowflakes are lovely and the PB Holly die is pretty too with those oh so realistic berries which have such a shine. I'm sorry you are feeling a bit unmotivated at the moment. In truth I have been feeling a bit like that too. Don't know if it's the changing of the seasons and the darker evenings but I must get myself in to gear as have quite a few cards to make this week for various birthdays and such like. Hopefully once I get going the mojo will return. x

Mrs A. said...

What a happy little bunch of Snowmen they are .So cute in their hats and scarves. We are set for some artic weather in the coming week. The temperature has already fallen by about 10 degrees.
Hugs Mrs A.

Gail said...

Really like the background,and the snowmen are so jolly!

scrappymo! said...

Wow! You always make such fabulous backgrounds!

A marvelous one here today.

The snowman are so fun and cute too. Another all around great card!!!

Maxine D said...

What a gorgeous card Mary - and I am glad I inspired you - isn't the online card making community wonderful :-).
I love your results, and the multicoloured blue background is stunning.
Blessings
Maxine

Christine Harrop said...

Your background is fabulous Mary! I really should try to be more adventurous. Your snowmen are so cute. A great card for the CCC. Hope you are both well. Hugs Christine xx

mamapez5 said...

I love the jolly snowmen looking so happy, and that pretty die cut rectangle. The tissue background is something I did a class on years ago but I haven´t made any for ages. Perhaps you and Maxine are starting a new trend. Kate x

Shona Erlenborn said...

What a stunning background, so much gorgeous texture. Love the added snowflakes to accompany these cute little snow boys. Fabulous card Mary!

Gibmiss said...

Hi Mary
Fabulous card... Love the cute snowmen
Hugs Sylvie xx

Brenda said...

Wow, this is a cool looking card Momma Mary! I love those cute snowman and the way you have colored them. But it is that cool technique you used for the background that has my interest peaked. I think that looks amazing and gives this card such a neat look. Of course I love the mat you used on the snowman. You have the prettiest ones too! Hugs, Brenda

Benzi said...

First of all, I love snowmen and these are such cuties. Wow, you made a beautifully textured background. I really like it. Your card is just a beauty.

Snow???? Oh no, so early. We've had so much wind. Hubby and I almost froze to death Halloween night. The temps dipped and the wind was rough. We sat outside for the trick or treaters as we always do.

Loll Thompson said...

Wow ... love the texture and depth from your layered tissue background. Gorgeous colours with your sprays. Will have to give this a try! :)

Those snowmen are adorable Mary. This card just makes me smile :) Loll xx

Pippa said...

Lovely cheerful little chaps, Mary.

Planetsusie said...

The background is wonderful Mary - it looks really striking. As for those jolly little snowguys - they really are cute! Love your card.

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Bonnie said...

Cute snowmen! Love their festive colors and pretty holly! Nice frame too. Did you get any snow down there?

Charlene said...

What a darling card!! Thanks for sharing at MMCC!

cuilliesocks said...

hello Mary, oh I love your jolly snowmen, and your background technique is fab, super embellishments too, hugs Kate x

Di said...

Oooer, how clever that background is Mary! A perfect foil to the lovely image too :)

Hugs

Di xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Sorry Mary I almost missed your beautiful card. I've been so busy with DT work and family that I have just revisited our members list and there was your fab card. Love the background and those three cute snowmen are delightful. Thanks for joining in with my challenge this time round and I hope you have a lovely day.
Lorraine

rachel said...

a super card Mary - love the image and a great die too - lovely card. Big hugs to you Rachel x

crafty-stamper said...

We also put our clocks back one hour last week and it has been very cold here last couple of days-love the cute snowmenand great background-we didn't get one flake of snow at all here where we are last winter fingers crossed for this one lol
Carol x

Faith A said...

Love the Snowmen and what you have done with the tissue paper, in fact I am going to bookmark this page so that I may have a try from your instructions, even though it is not usually my thing, however you make it sound so good, I will try! LOL.

Sanna Lippert said...

Hello there Mary! what a cute Christmas card this one is!! that background looks delicious - I bet you had a lot of fun making it!!! greetings, Sanna

Zoe Tant said...

Fab card Mary and with such a cute trio of snowmen. Zx

Pumpy said...

Three happy chappies, love the card.