Monday, 27 February 2017

Snowman and Mistletoe

Hi there.    I made this card to enter the Rudolph Days Challenge which is run by Mo over at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo and it runs from the 25th to the end of each month and gives us all an opportunity to get some Christmas cards made throughout the year.  I decided to put together this Penny Black stamp and stencil as they both feature Mistletoe.

For this card I used:

Penny Black Snowman from Jolly Friends Stamp Set.  (difficult to find over here).
Penny Black Stencil - Alluring (it doesn't seem to be available over here).
Snippets of White and Silver Mirri Card. 
8" x 8" White Base Card cut in half horizontally.
Simon Says Stitched Oval Die. 
XCut Corner Punch.
Versafine Smokey Gray Ink.
Cosmic Shimmer Multi-Tex Powder - mixed with water to make a paste (I am trying this for the first time).
Adirondack Inks - Lettuce, Bottle, Espresso, Sunshine Yellow and Stonewashed.
Distress Inks - Festive Berries and Mowed Lawn.
Cosmic Shimmer White Glue. 
Gold Mica Powder.
Britannia Die Cut Sentiment. 

I started with a snippet of white card the approximate size I needed and mixed a small amount of the Multi-Tex with water to make a fairly stiff paste.  This particular product is new to me and I wasn't sure how easy it would be to use.  It does say you can mix in some glue to make the finished result more flexible (1 part Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue to 8 parts powder) but I decided to use it just mixed with water.  I applied it through the stencil which I anchored with some repositionable tape.  I also masked an area of the stencil which I didn't want covered with the paste.  I removed the stencil and let it dry for about an hour as the layer was reasonably thin.  I laid the stencil back over and inked through it with the Sunshine Yellow, Lettuce and Bottle inks on the leaves.   I then added some of the Bottle with a little Espresso to the stems.  I found this quite easy to apply and I was pleased with the finished result.  I finished the background by adding the Stonewashed ink with one of my Clarity brushes which leaves a nice smooth finish and the colour tends to be paler when applied with a brush. 

I found another snippet of white card and die cut it with the stitched oval die and then stamped the snowman on to it using the Smokey Gray ink.  I then coloured it using a waterbrush with the Festive Berries mixed with a little of the yellow to give more of an orange colour, and also with the Stonewashed ink on the scarf, then Mowed Lawn on the Mistletoe as this is a brighter green to stand out better against the scarf.  I also used the Stonewashed on the sky with a little of the green mixed in to look a little like trees in the background.

Before putting the card together I applied the White PVA to the Mistletoe berries on the background and those the snowman is holding, and also around the snowman.  When dry I added little black micron pen dots to the berries, and looking at them again decided to add a bit of gold mica powder mixed with water over them as they looked a little too white.   I also applied a little to the snowman's hat and scarf and on the end of the Mistletoe leaves.   Finally I die cut the sentiment from another snippet of silver mirri card.

Thank you for visiting today and I'll see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

February Rudolph Days Challenge - Anything Goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 269/270 where we use our snippets of paper and card etc.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Penny Black and More Challenge - Use Your Favourite Stamp (I adore this cute snowman and I'm sure he will be making an appearance many times more.
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Try Something New (the Cosmic Shimmer Multi-Tex was a new to me item).


  1. My favorite little snowman, Pat, and I love your added mistletoe! The pearliness is lovely! Thanks for sharing your work with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  2. What a lovely choice of colours Pat, the soft subtle greens really work so well and although subtle still draw the eye to the stencil work and fun snowman.

    Many thanks for joining us again at Penny Black and More challenge


  3. A delightful snowman & he looks wonderful with the mistletoe spray!


  4. A lovely card - such a cute snowman and I love the mistletoe background. Thank you for joining us at the Rudolph Day challenge.
    Kath x

  5. Beautiful card Pat. Love the snowman. Great idea with the pearly mistletoe. Makes you want to give him a kiss! ;) Have you changed your header on your blog Pat. Just noticed. Looks great.
    Have a great week, Flo xx

  6. Aaw, what an adorable little snowman Pat (I'd want to give him a kiss!) Love the dimension you added to the berries of the Mistletoe! Have a great week my friend! Luv n’ Hugs. Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

  7. This really is a very beautiful card Pat and the colours are lovely. I think your little snowman is very cute and the mistletoe background is genius. Barbxx

  8. Adorable snowman and I love the mistletoe behind him. Have a great day xx

  9. WOW Pat , love the way you made the leaves swirl around the oval frame...simply fabulous
    Thank you so much for joining us at the Rudolph Days Challenge!
    Rudolph Days Challenge DT
    Dr Sonia

  10. So, so sweet Pat - I just love that little snowman :) Fascinating to read how you did the mistletoe background - it's beautifu!


    Di xx

  11. Aww . . . love the cute snowman. Great Rudolph Day card.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  12. Aww your snowman is just lovely Pat, beautifully designed and coloured card, love the mistletoe embellishing around the frame, Kate x

  13. A beautiful card Pat, I love the soft colours, and the mistletoe background is so pretty. A really cute snowman as well.
    Jean x

  14. Love your snowy snowman and with the fabulous mistletoe.

  15. Really beautiful card, love the image and the gorgeous subtle background.

    Kath x

  16. oh, that snowman is adorable and i love how you created the background of trees behind him! and i love the background which sounds like it was a lot of fun! thank you so much for playing along with the Rudolph Days Challenge!

    DT Rudolph Days Challenge

  17. Your new header looks fabulous...

    I like this adorable snowman and your pretty finished card. I have not stencilled myself, but yours looks wonderful. The berries really stand out!

    Thanks for taking part in the Feb. Rudolph Days Challenge.

  18. Oh I DO love the way you've used this fab stencil. (the product is a new one to me so thanks for explaining the process you used). Great texture, and the coloring on the mistletoe leaves is just perfection with the shading. Brilliant idea to layer this cute snowy over the mistletoe stenciling. Love the techniques you've got going on this sweet pretty card! (how cool that Snowie is holding mistletoe to match the stencil!) TFS & Hugs

  19. Sue a beautiful card Pat, I love the snowman and h looks great against the background of mistletoe.

    Sue xx

  20. Hi Pat, a fantastic card, love the soft pastel look to all the colours. Happy Rudolph Day, have a wonderful week... Megan

  21. Lovely Christmas card, Pat! I've never heard about Multi-Tex powder. The stenciling with it looks awesome! And I love the cute snowman! Beautiful coloring on all the elements on your card!

  22. Such a sweet fun snowman and mistletoe card, Pat. I love all your textures and your soft colors. TFS my friend. Hugs...

  23. such a precious card Pat...lovely soft colours and wonderful textures.
    xx Karen

  24. Oh, that is such an adorable little snowman, Pat!!!! Lovely soft colours and I love the tall skinny size of the card!!!! Really pretty and so cute!!!
    Have a great day!!!

  25. What an adorable snippets Christmas card, Pat! I love the tall layout and who can resist that snowman smile?!! Sorry I've been MIA. I've had a great time catching up!! Enjoy the weekend! Hugs, Darnell

  26. Desperately playing catch up here as have been away visiting family for a few days. I love the soft hues on your very lovely card. Hugs Mrs A.

  27. A lovely soft coloured Christmas card Pat, I love the mistletoe background.
    Janice x

  28. Hi Pat, just stopped by to thank you for your kind words at my blog about the loss of our sweet fur baby. We are heartbroken but time will heal. Take care xx

  29. lovelybChrustmas card Pat and such a cute image...just catching up on blogs since my eye infection



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