Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Snowman Blessings

Simon Says Stamp Flickr group has launched another challenge. This time, the challenge was to use embossing - whether it be embossing powders, folders or paste. I don't own any embossing paste, but I do have a small variety of embossing folders and some fun embossing powders.

I couldn't decide whether to use an embossing folder or embossing powders, so I decided to use both!

I started by cutting a piece of latte layering paper to measure 4 by 5 1/4". I put it inside a Swiss Dot embossing folder and ran it through my Bigshot. While I had my Bigshot out, I also die-cut a scalloped circle out of navy cardstock and a smaller plain circle out of this white Doodlebug Sprinkles vellum.

I grabbed the Winter Friends stamp set and stamped the adorable snowman in brown hybrid ink. I colored him in with my Copics, keeping the coloring very simple. This stamp set does have coordinating dies, but I don't own them, so I cut carefully around the snowman - leaving a small white border.

I found a scrap 1" wide piece of patterned paper in my stash, and decided to use it as my sentiment panel. After wiping it down with my embossing powder bag, I grabbed the Christmas Blessings sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Peace on Earth stamp set. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink, then coated it with white embossing powder. After melting the powder with my heat-gun, I trimmed the sentiment panel and cut it at an angle.

I created a standard A2 card base (4 1/4 by 5 1/2") out of Dark Chocolate cardstock. I adhered the latte panel straight to the cardstock, then layered the scalloped circle, the vellum circle and the sentiment to the card front with foam squares. I added the snowman, also on foam squares.

It felt like the card was missing something, so I pulled out my Bigshot and die-cut a small snowflake using Maryanne Snowflake die out of Sea Glass cardstock. I adhered it to the scalloped circle corner and added a small white enamel dot in the center.

Simon Says Stamp (with Clearly Besotted) Winter Friends stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Peace on Earth stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Maryanne Snowflake die
Tsukineko Versamark inkpad
My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink in Chocolate Brown
Inkadinkado Magic Embossing Powder Bag
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Simon Says Stamp Heavyweight Cardstock in Dark Chocolate and Sea Glass
Avery Elle Heavy Cardstock in Sapphire
Hero Arts Layering Paper in Latte
Provocraft Cuttlebug A2 Swiss Dot Embossing Folder
Doodlebug Lily White 12x12 Sprinkles Vellum
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares
Tombow Craft Dot Adhesive Runner (pink)
My Mind's Eye Essentials Black & White enamel dots


  1. So darling, Elle! The sentiment is so lovely! And, you are right, the diecut snowflake finishes off your card so beautifully. (Sorry, I am SO far behind! I'm going to try and catch up now. You look like you've been creating lots of wonderful goodies!)

    1. Thank you, Kylie! I was really happy with the snowflake, too. It gave the card that little extra intricate touch it needed. :D

      And don't be sorry about not having time to comment. I know this has been a really busy season for everyone - myself included!