I'm Amy, a stay-at-home mom by day and a crafter by night. After a day of chasing my kids around the house, I escape to my craft room for a few hours of creating while they sleep. Thanks for joining me in my little corner of the crafting world!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Two Snuggly Snow Friends

Happy Monday!  We finally had a cold snap where I live, so I was inspired to make another snowman card.  This time I have two snowy friends wrapped in a hug.  I think this is such a sweet image!  It is a large one and I think it's perfect for a one-layer card.  This card is my submission for this week's "Let it Snow" challenge at ABC Challenges (you can see the challenge HERE).  One-layer cards are fantastic for mailing (no bulk! no extra postage!) and they can be completed quickly (if you're not constantly getting interrupted by kids or a husband...). 

Here's my card:

I started with Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb. card stock.  This is a heavyweight card stock that holds up well to multiple layers and also to watercoloring.  I stamped my image in Memento Tuxedo Black, then grabbed my favorite watercoloring crayons.  I prefer to dip my brush in water and then pick up the color from my crayons rather than coloring directly on the paper.  This method allows me to control the amount of color I put down, layer the colors, and also use different sized brushes so I don't get stray marks outside the lines (hopefully).

To add depth, I inked up the white space around the image and the card edges with Memento New Sprout using the "direct to paper" method.  I used a dew drop pad because it works really well for getting the ink into small spaces.  Rather than put a sentiment on the front, I can add a sentiment inside for a holiday or leave it blank to make a nice note card.  Since I colored this one in red and green, I will add a Christmas sentiment inside before mailing it.  I could easily use other colors and create a winter-themed friendship, birthday or love card.  This stamp is quite versatile!

This is a large cling-mount stamp, and since I recently purchased a Fiskars Stamp Press I thought I would give it a try on this card.  I have to say that I love the press!  It allows me to line up my stamp exactly where I want it on the page and helps me put down an even layer of ink with a large stamp.  It also works well for using several small stamps at once to make a scene.  I hadn't bought one sooner because I kept thinking it was unnecessary, but after reading several reviews and watching videos online I decided to give it a try (thank you, 50% off coupon at Michaels).  This tool was definitely worth the money! 

It's beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Christmas around my neck of the woods!  I hope you, too, are enjoying the blessings of this Advent season amid the hustle and bustle of holiday planning.

Thanks for stopping by!

Products Used:
Paper: Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb. (Neenah)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento New Sprout (Tsukineko)
Stamp: Jumbo Snowfall Pair (Stampendous)
Tools and Accessories: Watercolor Crayons (Staedtler); Stamp Press (Fiskars); watercolor brushes and water


  1. Those snowmen are so sweet! Your watercolouring is lovely and I may have to buy one of those stamp press thingies. Lovely card! Thankyou for joining us at ABC Challenges this week.

  2. Ahhh! This cute image definitely carries your one-layer card Amy!

  3. Very cute card, the snowmen look so sweet.

    Thank you for joining us at ABC Challenges. Hugs Xx Rosie

  4. Aw, Amy, what adorable little love muffins these guys are! I love it and I love that you even found an olive stamp! I just drew mine. And I wrote the sentiment. I'm telling you, this getting older thing isn't all bad! I never would have done either of those things a couple of years ago. Let that be a lesson to you, my young friend!

  5. That is a great one-layer card and I just adore those snowmen and the colors you used! Thanks so much for sharing with us this week at 'ABC' Challenges!

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  7. I love one layer cards especially for mailing like you mentioned. I have a few kids that interrupt me too...LOL Beautifully done, love that snowmen image! Thank you for joining us at ABC Challenges this week!

    Ooops....sorry for the double post!

  8. Very cute snowmen! The watercoloring is so pretty, thanks for sharing with us at ABC Challenge Blog this week

  9. These are a darling snow couple! Great coloring!

  10. How cute.... love those snuggly snow people. ;)

    Thank you for participating in ABC Challenges this week!


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