Sunday, September 16, 2012

Patchwork Snowman

Remember last week I did a quilted background for my stocking buddies card?  Well, I had so much fun with the quilting that I decided to use that technique again this week.  Except for this card, which uses Sheena's A Little Bit Festive "Happy Snowman" set, the quilt is the sky.


I started by making the quilted sky.  I chose various shades of blue and used a 3/4 inch punch so that I could get smaller squares for more variation in design.  There's no discernible pattern here, just lots of blue paper arranged somewhat randomly.  I trimmed the quilt layer down and mounted it on a black mat, which then was layered on to a folded A2 card base in a saffron yellow.

Next, I stamped the snowman image in black ink onto white card stock, and colored it with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  I stamped the 'Let it Snow' greeting along the bottom.  Then, I cut out the image and liberally applied fine glitter to the rooftops and the snowman.  I love winter scenes, they are a perfect excuse for glitter.  :-)

I was going to glue this on top of the quilted sky.  But it didn't look right, the image faded away with the busy-ness of the quilt.  Hmmmm, what to do for a rescue?

What the card needed was  a visual separation of sorts.  I dug out some white mulberry paper and did a guided tear along the line of the rooftops and the snowman.  Much better!  I mounted this with dimensionals for a bit of a 3D effect.

Final touches were small black dew drops for the buttons and eyes, and blue dew drops that are supposed to be snowflakes, in the sky.  Here's a closer look.

Hope you enjoyed it!  Have you started your Christmas cards yet?

Marge Dady

7 comments:

Kathy said...

Awesome, love the patchwork, and your coloring and colors are great!! wonderful job...

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Love the beautiful patchwork and colors are perfect

londoner said...

What an interesting idea with the patchwork will have to give it a try. I have made all my Christmas cards plus l am waiting to get the new Sheana Eastern stamps. How do you upload pictures to the CC site?

Aliya said...

Very cute!!! I'm getting motivated to start Christmas cards! Now all I need is time. :)

Cheryl said...

What a totally adorable card!! I LOVE how you used the patchwork!!!

Trena in Naperville said...

Beautiful, as usual Marge! Love the bling.

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

KYCrafter said...

Love the quilted background! Great work!