I made this card especially for a cardmaking friend who lives over the other side of Australia to me and has been a wonderful support to our family since our loved one was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness in Feb 2012. C is so kind and caring & we chat ALOT on the phone. Having ongoing support has been just so wonderful when others 'move on' once the crisis is over not realising that you still need to know that people care and that your loved one has ongoing medical issues to deal with & how isolating being a Carer can be. I feel so very blessed to have C in my life.
The main image is by Stampendous - Snow Bears on Ice - which I have had forever and as far as I know, is retired - and was stamped using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink onto Ranger Distress watercolour cardstock and coloured with a variety of mediums: Tombow pens, Ranger Distress Markers and Faber-Castell watercolour pencils. I used a tiny round 5/0 paintbrush to dot JoSonja white acrylic paint on the scarves. I coloured around the image with Kaisercraft blue chalk.
I went over the red hats using a Wink of Stella red glitter pen and added Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue underneath the skates. I also added Stampendous Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with fine Crystalina glitter to the cuff and pom-pom on the hat using Tombow Mono Aqua glue.
It is a bit hard to see the sparkle as the weather was very dreary on the day I took the photo. An hour later, the card was in the post so I didn't have much choice!
The snowflakes are by My Favorite Things from their Snowflakes Trio Die-namics set. I glued down just the centres and bent the snowflake arms (is that what they are called??) up a little to give them some dimension against the white cardstock, then added red rhinestones to the centres.
The sentiment is from Elzybells (who are no longer in business) and I added a green rhinestone to each end.
The white cardstock base was originally a square pre-folded card and was diecut using a Lifestyle Nesting Circle die but I moved the die up a little so that I still had a small fold at the top. I dry-embossed the circle cardstock base using my Big Shot and Cart-Us Snowflakes embossing folder, then all I had to do was layer the main image panel on. All the circle/scalloped circle diecuts are from the Lifestyle Nesting Circle/Scalloped Circles sets.
I really should make more circle cards - they are a fun change from the regular square or rectangular cards.
Lastly, I used my Bow Easy to tie a double-bow out of my Doodlebug Ladybug twine and glued it on using Glossy Accents. I put some weight on it whilst it dried to hold it firmly. I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.