We haven’t had snow, yet, but I can feel it’s coming. I’ve finally had to give in and get out some warmer clothes, and the heavier quilt’s on the bed too. It’s now I start thinking that I’d definitely be happier if we could have the beauty of snow without the cold. I’m not good with cold, for me winter is more likely to be spent papercrafting than outdoors. Last week I created a few different projects using the Snowman Season Stamp Set for the November IDEAS Tutorial PDF. This latest project though is quite different, but just as cute…
I admit I may be slightly addicted to this particular image from the Snowman Season Stamp Set. This time I was experimenting with a more rustic feel and began with a 2″ x 6″ strip of Kraft Paper. Although it’s called Kraft ‘paper’ it’s more like the weight of Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper.
Next I stamped the snowman onto the Kraft Paper using Early Espresso ink. I wanted the image to be dark, but thought a change from black would be nice.
Then I simply set to work colouring using 3 colours from the Watercolor Pencils pack. For the hat I used Early Espresso, with Calypso Coral on his carrot nose. Finally I coloured the snow using the Whisper White pencil, building up the colour in thin layers. Although these pencils are designed for watercolouring I opted to use them dry. To be honest I haven’t explored the effect of water on Kraft Paper, so that’s on my list of jobs for another day.
I could have stamped some snow over the rest of the bookmark but I had a new toy to play with, the Wintry 3D Embossing Folders. This is a set of 2 narrow (3-3/8″ x 6-1/4″) embossing folders designed to fit in the Mini Cut & Emboss Machine. One of the folders has a pine needle design, but today I wanted the snowflake one.
First though I needed to shape the top of the bookmark, and did that using the Delightful Tag Topper Punch. This punch also adds a nice neat circular hole too.
Once that was done I placed just the top part of the bookmark into the embossing folder so the snowman himself wouldn’t be embossed. Then I ran it through my Mini Cut & Emboss Machine.
Finally I cut three 6″ pieces of Crumb Cake twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack. After folding them in half I threaded the loops through the hole at the top of the strip. Then I passed the cut ends through the loops and pulled to secure the twine in place. And just like that my rustic snowman bookmark was complete.
Well I was always pretty sure I’d like my project, this snowman never fails for me. However I am completely in love with this one. The design is actually quite subtle but definitely has a wow factor for me, I’d love to know your thoughts, please leave a comment below and let me know.
If you’re looking for much brighter snowman inspiration see my earlier blog post IDEAS Blog Hop – Punch It Up.