Now that Christmas is over it is time to play in the snow! One of Susan’s CountryScapes die sets is the Build A Snowman. I have built the snowman just like Susan shows on the die set envelope, but decided to try building him so he is a little different for this card. Is is fun to play with the dies and use them in different ways – besides, no two snowmen are identical! Here is how the card was created:
- Using the CountryScapes Build A Snowman die set, die cut four of the larger snowman body pieces and two of the middle size. You will use the larger pieces for the bottom and middle of the snowman to make him “fat”. The middle die cut piece will become his head. To make the snowman dimensional, glue two matching pieces together so you now have three snowballs to build your snowman. Attach the pieces together as shown. Die cut the scarf from the same set. Since the neck is larger on this guy, cut off the left side of the scarf and glue down in a little different position so it looks good around his neck. Glue on all the other die cut pieces for the face and the buttons. Since this snowman was larger, I used one of the branches from the CountryScapes Woods 1 die set to create his arms. You can use the smaller branch arms in the snowman set, but I wanted to add a bird house to one arm, so I felt that larger arms would work better.
- Using the CountryScapes Woods 1 die set, die cut the tree and the little bird house. I die cut the tree using the Beige Velvet Adhesive sheet. Once die cut I used markers to color on wood effect lines to the branches. Color the bird house with markers and add a thin string to the top so you can hang it from the snowman’s arm.
- Die cut the CountryScapes Country Fence twice to fit across the card. Sponge on color. I used tan and black to color.
- Use the CountryScapes Woods 2 die set to die cut 6 little birds. You could also use the birds from the CountryScapes Critters 2 die set. Color the birds by sponging on the color just on the top portion of each one. Use a fine line marker to dot the eye.
- Use the CountryScapes Critters 1 die set to die cut two bunnies and one squirrel. Color by sponging on dark brown and black ink. Use a fine line marker to dot the eyes.
- Use Karen Burniston’s Outdoor Edges die set to die cut two edges with the trees and one without trees.
- Using Susan’s Snowstorm and Mounds Stencil, create falling snow on a piece of white card stock for the top of the card. This is a 6×6 inch card, so the stencil had to be moved over to create snow to go all the way across.
- Add one of the Outdoor Edges die cuts, with the trees, about 1/3 of the way down from the top. Cut the trees off the other die cut edge (cut off the trees carefully along the edge because you are going to use this edge on the bottom of the card). Glue the trees that you cut off along the same edge as the other trees to create a forest. Attach the CountryScape Country Fences to fit across the card as shown. You need to cut off one of the post in the middle and attach the rail behind the other die cut fence. Trim edges on the ends as needed.
- Attach one of the Outdoor Edges in front of the fence.
- Attach the tree next, and then the snowman.
- Attach the third snow bank covering the bottom of the tree and the snowman.
- Add the bunnies, squirrel and birds as shown.
- Optional: Add texture paste and glitter for an extra special snowy touch.
Have fun creating your Snowman Fun card using Susan’s CountryScapes dies!
Products from Elizabeth Craft Designs:
CountryScapes Critters 2 (optional)
Markers of choice
Distress Inks, Old Paper and Black Soot