Saturday, 9 July 2011

Let it snow!

I'm joining some old friends this month as Guest Designer with Shady Tree Studio's Christmas in July event. Nancy, owner of STS, used to design stamps for CHF and some of her DT are old buddies from my days on the CHF team. Thanks for inviting me along this month, Nancy!

In the run up to this year's release, we've been making some projects with stamps from the 2010 Christmas release. The Just Believe set has a lovely naive feel which is perfect for pairing with kraft!

This clean and simple, one layer design would be suitable for mass mailing as it's totally flat so there's no risk of having to pay extra postage. Quick and easy to make too with no need for any specialist tools - you could whip up a batch sitting in front of the TV!

I simply stamped the snowman, added the border by hand with a fineline marker and stamped the sentiment. Slightly wobbly framing goes with the homespun charm of the image so no need to worry about trying to draw perfectly straight lines!

Colored pencils (Prismacolor or equivlent) work beautifully on kraft cardstock as it tends to have a bit of "tooth" to it so you get good coverage of white for your snowman. I added a tiny bit of shading down the back of his body and head with a brown pencil. The snowflake is stamped repeatedly around the outside and a few white gel pen dots fill in the flurry.

Stamps:
Just Believe stamp set by Shady Tree Studio

Paper:
kraft (mine is a chopped up file folder!)

Ink:
Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Espresso)
Pigment ink by Clearsnap (Frost White)

Other:
Drawing pen by Zig
Prismacolor pencils
Inkssentials gel pen by Ranger
Corner Chomper by We R Memory Keepers


Thanks for stopping by! The DT girls have been posting projects all week on the Shady Tree Studio blog if you fancy a bit more Christmas in July!

12 comments:

Net said...

That's really nice Joanne. Perfect for C cards ;))

tracy said...

Ooo i love your C card :)

Janice said...

Lovely card, the Kraft paper is perfect for this. I think you made a tag with this stamp, or one from this set and I kept it because I really liked it and the way you made the tag.

Jennifer Scull said...

absolutely adore your Christmas card! gives me such a cozy feeling with the prim snowman on kraft paper! :)

Effie said...

I like that primitive snowman .

Rachelxx said...

Love that snowman image - lovely card!

Jenny said...

What a magical card, I love the coloured snowman on the Kraft :)
Jenny x

Debgem said...

This feels so Christmassy!! Love the tall snowman and the hand drawn frame is just right!

Debgem said...

This feels so Christmassy!! Love the tall snowman and the hand drawn frame is just right!

Nancy said...

I love everything about this, Joanne! So thrilled to have you joining us :) !!!

Caroline said...

Its lovely Joanne - love the homespun charm...x

Gez said...

Great snowman very folk artsy. My kinda card. Brill..xx