Friday 26 September 2014

...Introducing Frosty in the Pines

Evening ladies! Did you like our Little Deer? hope so. We have his friend Frosty here today. Frosty is quite a substantial snowman and I have him here on a standard US size card (4.25 x 5.5 inches) so you can see he is a guy to fill a card.

I was definitely on a cute bent while I was drawing these, but  I wanted to make frosty a slightly more Vintage gentleman and I think it works terrifically well, he really suits the softer more pared down rustic treatment, I'm beginning to see why so many folks like cute stamps!

Design Team Previews

 Ok, before I spill the beans on this card, here are the DT ladies previewing with me today:

As we mentioned yesterday we will also be posting the entire teams creations on our Inspiration blog one click right here will bring you everything previewed today!

Vintage Cute

If you are interested in creating a look like this, here are the details for this card. I'm calling it 'Vintage Cute', it probably exists elsewhere, but I just figured it out so I'll claim it till you tell me otherwise.

I stamped Frosty with memento Rich Cocoa ink, but I stamped him first on a piece of scrap paper and used the second impression on my piece of patterned paper. The paper is a Melissa Frances, think it's called Attic treasures and it already had a nice creamy tone to it.

I coloured Frosty with a mixture of distress markers from Tim Holtz and a few copics - I love the tones of the distress markers, but I did find that  the colour changed slightly in the actual marker as I used it. I'm ok with that as I don't like stuff to be too perfect. I have no idea if this happens as standard with these markers, I'm pretty new to these.

Once I had finished with Frosty I coloured around him with a couple of copics, I used pale colours as close to clear as I could, milky White 51 and then warm grey 1. I love that this created a sort of aura around Frosty, he's got that readybrek glow...  it helps to highlight his pale body.

I made some subtle hills in the background using a copic marker and apiece of scrap card. I cut the scarp card in a gentle hill shape and made upward strokes over it, moving straight up and allowing the pen mark to taper. the colour was so pale that it blended well into the background, this took moments.

I stamped a few tress in the BG. I practiced first on a piece of white paper. I used the Distress markers to ink up the pines. This is such a neat technique, you add the colour directly where you want it and then just huff on the stamp before using it to create your impression. I loved the effect. This was my trial tree. There are 3 sizes of tree in the set and I love the rustic style, I used the two smaller one son this card - there are also a few little log cabin silhouettes, cannot wait to get those inky!

I made a little sign for the sentiment, just a couple of wee scraps of kraft card. I sliced the edge a little with a craft knife and rounded the corners, before sponging with brown inks and then a little cream for a snowy top. The sentiment 'Believe' comes in the Frosty set. Thought this was a nice alternative to the sharper styling from yesterday.

Our last day of previews is tomorrow, can't believe it's Friday eve already! We will be back at 7pm tomorrow with more inspiration before the release on Sunday! Hope it's tickling so far!


  1. I love your rustic "Vintage Cute" snowman card! The sign with the sentiment is super cute too!

  2. Claire this is a cute country look! I love how you gave us the techniques you used to create this card... Great job!

  3. Love the soft colors - wonderful card!!!

  4. Claire,
    So very very cute!!

  5. Oh I do like this warm vintage snowman - he's so jolly! Great card!

  6. Oh Claire! You gave Frosty such a vintage feel, and the background with the snowy hills .. brilliant!!

  7. Vintage cute is Awesome! Love the card : D

  8. This card just oozes rustic charm Claire!! LOVE the script background and your darling little sign post!! Too, too cute and clever!

  9. Lovely rustic/vintage snowman card!

  10. Love the rustic vintage look you achieved and the helpful tips to create it! Those trees are so fun! And I love your rustic wood sign with the sentiment! :)


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