Creating Cards with a Layered Snowman!

 

(You can see the original post of Handmade Cards with Layering Stamps, which was published in 2012)

I love snowmen! Growing up in central California, the winters did not include snow that I could make an actual snowman.

I also created a Winter Wedding Card using this snowman stamp.

When I create a handmade card, I like to add a bit of layering with papers and embellishments. (I don’t add too many layers as the ‘bulk’ would require extra postage if the card is mailed.) I have learned that layering images of stamps is a perfect way to add dimension and some fun to cards.

I stamped this little snowman from Imaginisce on the paper I will use for my card. I think he is adorable; they have such cute stamps. I decided to color his ‘carrot’ nose, and outline his body with a glittery pen – including the buttons, eyes, nose, and smile!

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Stamp the hat and scarf on special paper
Handmade snowman Christmas card
Put a bit of glue on hat and scarf of snowman

The hat and scarf on this little guy are perfect to ‘highlight’ with layered paper. I used light blue sparkly paper for the background of this card, so I decided to use the same paper to make the hat and scarf. Stamp another image of the hat and scarf on a scrap of the blue paper. (Here’s another way to use your scraps of papers!) Carefully cut the hat and scarf out, leaving the black edges visible.

I put a few tiny dots of white glue on the snowman’s hat and scarf area on the stamp, then carefully placed the cutouts of the sparkly hat and scarf over the glue. (Tweezers really help!) Make sure you position them so they line up with the original snowman stamp on your card paper. Don’t press them down too much, the glue will dry and they will be slightly elevated.

Handmade Christmas card with snowman
Attach embossed paper to base, add strips of adhesive to oval die-cut

I cut a piece of cardstock slightly smaller than the card, then embossed it with my Cuttlebug tiny dots folder. It looks like small snowflakes. (I also have a ‘snowflakes’ embossing folder, but I think the snowflakes were a bit big for this little snowman.)

Strips of ‘Miracle Tape’ on the back of the oval die-cut of sparkly blue paper secure it to the card. I ‘popped’ the scalloped snowman over the blue paper. I punched a few snowflakes from scraps of photo paper I had – it has a glossy look that I like for snowflakes! A tiny, shiny sticker in the middle of the snowflakes make them sparkle! The stamped greeting ‘Winter Wishes’ is set over the sparkly blue paper and completes the front of this fun card! I also like to use the sticker greetings.

Handmade Christmas card with snowman
I used a ‘Season’s Greetings’ sticker on this card.

This little snowman is one of my favorites, and I have made several cards that feature him. These cards can be used for a thank you, a simple note card, or for Christmas and holiday cards. Today, many people wait until after Christmas has passed and send out New Year’s Cards instead of Christmas cards. What a great little snowman to receive to bring a smile to the beginning of a New Year!

Christmas Snowman handmade card
Snowman Winter Wishes Card

Thank you for visiting my blog. This is such a fun technique that I learned and I hope you will try it too!

I would love to hear from you! It is always fun to create and share ideas!

~~Vickie

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November Pumpkins!

November has arrived! This month is filled with pumpkins, family gatherings, turkeys, beautiful leaves, pumpkin pies, and so much more!

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Many of you know how much I love scarecrows! I just had to share this one with you!

My pumpkin collection continues to grow. Three tiny crocheted pumpkins were given to me by someone very special. Aren’t they cute?

Ceramic, pumpkins, fall decorations, pumpkin collections

I’ve had these two ceramic pumpkins for a few years. The fallen horse figurine represents our last name- Horsefall! My husband brought it home from one of his business trips. The horse has fallen because he laughed too much! Typical for our family!

Ceramic pumpkins, collections, horse figurine

It’s time to take down the Halloween decorations, create some holiday cards, and move forward toward the end of 2017! Wow! Time passes quickly!

Remember to get your holiday cards early! I would love to create them for you!
Contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com for special requests or information.

Wishing everyone a wonderful November!

Thank you for visiting!

—Vickie

Rocking Horse Baby Card!

It is always exciting to be able to create a special card for a new mom to be! Baby cards are my favorite type of cards to design!

Baby girl card, rocking horse, pink card, hearts

I love rocking horses! The little puffy, silk rocking horses at the bottom of this card were cut from a string of ribbon. They fit perfectly on this card, once I cut each individual rocking horse. I decided to go all out with pink; I guess I’m a bit old school on this color for girls!

I would love to create a card for you! Only $3.50 a card and you will have it in a jiffy. Contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com for special requests or more information.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit! Enjoy your creative day!

~ Vickie ~~

Happy Fall!

Whether you call it Fall or Autumn, this season brings cooler weather and pumpkins! The Fall colors are some of my favorites.

I also love this cute scarecrow and wanted to share him with you today! He is so versatile as he can say Hello, Happy Birthday, Thank You, or any other greeting!

Scarecrow card created by HorseMark Cards, notecard, thank you cards, custom cards,

I would love to design a scarecrow card for you! Contact me to get your card!

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by for a visit!

~~ Vickie ~~

Paper Trip to Paris!

The opportunity to visit Paris has not crossed my path. Yet. I have been fortunate to have visited other places — Japan, Singapore, England and Australia, to name a few. I hope to travel to more places in the future, but for now I will stay near my zip code.

I have visited the sale aisles of several craft stores in my area though! On one such visit, I came across a selection of craft paper books that normally sell for $20 that were on special for only $5. Well, every crafty person knows you can’t pass on a deal like that! Especially when they have several selections of themed craft paper books!

These papers were purchased a few years ago and I have used many of them. Today I would like to share some handcrafted cards I designed using the Paris collection of “My Favorite Things.”

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Several papers in this collection have larger images on them that can be used for scrapbook pages. Since I need smaller images on my cards, I cut out portions of these images. I also use them as backgrounds on my cards.

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funny birthday card of an old woman in bed created by HorseMark Cards, embossed quilt, funny birthday cards

Paris themed funny birthday card

Custom card created with Paris theme, funny message

It feels good to use older papers that have been in my paper stash. When I see new papers I always want to get them, but then remember that I already have so many. A true case of ‘too many papers, not enough time to use them!’

Since these papers are probably out of stock, I will only be able to create one or two of these. If you know someone who loves all things ‘Paris’, I would like to create a card for them! Contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com for more information.

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Enjoy your creative day and thank you for stopping by my little creative corner of the blogging world!

~~~ Vickie