Thursday, May 17, 2018

Smiley Snowman

 
Hi everyone.  Today is the reminder post for the CAS Christmas May Challenge - Snowman, hosted by Susan.


I just love this smiling snowman from Penny Black.  You can't help but smile looking at him! :)  I pulled a background out of my stash that hadn't worked out.  I had heat embossed a snowflake background stamp with iridescent glitter embossing powder.  Then added a light wash of gray.  Awful! :)  Turns out I used regular card stock, so had to be careful not to add too much water.  I sprayed with blue and purple watercolour sprays a couple of times to get lots of depth of colour.  They go quite dull on regular card stock, so then sprayed with a shimmer mist.  Still not happy. :)  Brushed on a coat of Heavy Gloss Gel.   Now I was happy.  Cut the background in half and made two cards exactly the same; one for my stash and one to donate.  Snowman was heat embossed in silver, fussy-cut and watercolour with the same sprays used for the background.  I used a metallic silver pen to add stripes to his hat and scarf.

Here's the close-up ...

I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the reminder cards from our wonderful Guest Designer Barb and the CAS Christmas Designers.  Come join us!!
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Stamps:  Snowy (Penny Black); Snowflake Background (Hero Arts); Say It's Christmas (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper for Snowman (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Blue and Purple Watercolour Sprays made from Concentrate (Dick Blick); Light Pink Zig
Accessories & Tools:  Iridescent embossing powder (SU!), Shimmer Spray (Imagine), Silver embossing powder, heat tool, paint brush, silver metallic pen

Challenges:
CAS Christmas May Challenge - Snowman

25 comments:

Barb Ghig said...

Great idea to stamp him in silver, Loll! I also love how you jazzed him up with those rosy cheeks and by adding stripes to his hat and scarf :) Beautiful background, too!
Thank you again for having me along as your GD this month...It was an honor to win your first challenge, and I've really enjoyed myself ♥

nancy littrell said...

Such a cute silver heat embossed snowman, Loll. Love your silver stripes on his hat and scarf. Gorgeous snowflake background too. So cool the way your photo background matches:-) TFS my friend. Hugs

Izzy Scrap said...

I totally agree, this snowman is so cute with its smiling face and I love the pink blush on its cheeks ! And you can be happy with your background, and it's hard to believe that you struggle with it but finally it's stunning ! Thanks for sharing and for inspiring. x

Nancy Stislow said...

I really enjoyed reading your process on this Loll and did smile too. I can't get over that you did that on regular cardstock. Mine pills as soon as it sees a spray bottle. Excellent results with your perseverance and love the final look of that background. That snowman is adorable and the striping you added to his hat and scarf is wonderful.

Liz said...

Fabulous card, Loll, the snowman is so cute and I love how you've embossed him with silver. xx

Patti said...

I agree this snowman is sweet but you made him adorable!! : )

Bonnie said...

Sounds like it took a bit of work, but that background is gorgeous and well worth the effort, Loll! Love, love, love this snowman with his striped scarf and hat!

Jo Manna said...

That blue is FABULOUS. Using silver was so very smart and compliments that blue in a sensational way. That touch of pink make the whole snowman a cool guy against the gorgeous blue. Beautiful design too Loll, loving everything about these cards. xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

Yes, this snowman makes anybody smile, Loll! He's so happy and cute! I love that you added the stripes to his hat and scarf. The background is so beautiful! I'm sure each layer of the watercolour spray, shimmer mist, and heavy gloss gel contributes to the depth of colour. It's well worth your time and effort, isn't it? Hideko xx

Cheryl Robertson said...

Love your card! I have Snowy and want to use him again this year. You gave mea great idea!

Christine Alexander said...

so worth persevere Loll, this guy with his beautiful background is amazing. thanks for reminding us not to give up on some of our backgrounds :)

Julie B said...

I love this snowman stamp, he's so cheery. The background looks fab too. :)

Cathy said...

Gorgeous card Loll, the background looks perfect! Love this sweet snowman, Cathy x

Linda said...

I love this little snowman, and he looks fab in his fancy hat and scarf. Great looking background too .... glad you stuck with it xx

Viv's Visuals said...

I bet I am not the only one who sees that sentiment sings the line from the song!
He looks a really happy little chappie and I LOVE him!

Jeanne said...

Thank goodness you are persistent(where I probably wouldn't be), Loll! Otherwise this adorable snowman card might not have been able to make people smile the way it does. The background looks lovely! The snowman is just adorable. Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs!

Sue said...

Adorable card, Loll. I like the smiley snowman and beautiful background matching his scarf.

Marcia HIll said...

Your smiling snowman is absolutely ADORABLE Loll and he totally makes me smile too! And while your background may have taken some time and effort to get the look you wanted, it was totally worth the effort...SOOOO pretty and a perfect backdrop for old smiley face!! LOVE it!! :0)

Trina P. said...

Great perseverende because it resulted in a terrific card, Loll! This snowman makes me smile too. No surprise, love the colour! And love that backdrop too! xx

Mac Mable said...

Great that you kept going with that glorious background. What cute and adorable snowman and loving the stripes on his hat and scarf. Your card brought a wonderful smile to my face x

stampingbowd said...

Gorgeous card! The background is stunning and your snowman is a cutie!

BożenA said...

I love your colors. The beautiful blue looks perfectly in the background and on the snowman's scarf. Beautiful!
BożenAxx

Anita in France said...

Isn't he adorable against his fabulous, rich, shimmery and snowy background, Loll ... all the 'revisiting' was so worth it! Hugs, Anita :)

Bobby said...

He does have a tendency to make you smile doesn't he? He is adorable in his striped scarf and hat, Loll, and the background turned out perfectly.

Quillish said...

So true.. the snowman makes me smile and loved the design of this card too!