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!

handmade Christmas card with snowman
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?

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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 ~~

Funny Birthday Cards!

Many people enjoy receiving a birthday card that makes them laugh! Especially birthday people who have celebrated many, many birthdays!

No matter what kind of a birthday card you choose to give, it is extra nice to present a real card! They can look at it later, display it, and remember their celebration. Plus, they will appreciate your thoughtfulness!

Here are two funny birthdays cards I created that will result in a smile, maybe even a chuckle or two!

Scratch off birthday card, funny cards, funny words, cards for baby boomers, designed by HorseMark Cards

I used the stamp set from ‘Inky Antics‘ to create this funny birthday card. When you scratch off the circles, the words ‘liver spots’, “wrinkles”, and “adult diapers” are revealed. There are many other words included in this set, and you can even create you own!

There are many embossing folders on the craft market. I chose one that looks like a quilt to create this next card. I used the top portion of an “Art Impressions” stamp of an old woman and tucked her in bed. My customer really liked this card!

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If you know someone who will be celebrating a birthday, I would love to create a funny card for them! Each card is only $3.50US and you will have it in a couple of days!
Contact me at horsemarkcards@gmail.com for special requests or more information.

Enjoy your creative day, and don’t forget to share a smile!

~~Vickie~~

What Can You Do with a Graduation Gown?

(I thought I would share this idea I posted a few years ago, since graduation time is here again! )

This is the time of year for graduations and celebrations! Many graduates will be bringing home their grad caps, tassels, and graduation gowns after their commencement ceremonies. Chances are, they will not be taking them when they move to college or start their new careers. These once treasured items will be left at home.

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When my eldest son graduated from high school in 2007, he kept his graduation gown and cap. (Of course, since we had to purchase them!) His cap was put in a drawer, along with his tassel. His graduation gown was hung in his closet.

When he went away to college, I was organizing his closet a bit to make room for some of my clothes that I didn’t wear often. (His room has the largest closet in our home.) As I was hanging some of my ‘dressy’…

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