Snowman Shelf Sitter

by Dina Kowal

This snowman shaped card sits on the edge of a shelf.


  • Sturdy cardstock (Neenah Classic Crest 110# used here)
  • Printable template
  • Shape dies in the following approximate sizes:
  • circles (1 7/8" and 3 3/4")
    oval (2 1/4" x 3")
    rectangle (2" x 2 1/2")
    heart (2 3/4" x 3")
  • Die cutting machine
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Markers or other coloring medium of choice (Touch Twin Markers used here)
  • Glue or other adhesive
  • Foam tape


  1. Step 1

    Cut cardstock base to 4" x 11".

    Score at 2 3/4", 5 1/2", and 8 1/4". Fold card base in half, then fold both the front and back panels toward the back on the score lines. Use a bone folder or other tool to flatten the creases.

  2. Step 2

    Measure and mark in from each side with a pencil:

    - 1/2" in along the top and bottom edge and center score line

    - 1" in on the other two score lines

  3. Connect the dots and cut away the excess from both sides with scissors as shown.

    Save one of the scraps to cut the arms and nose!

  4. Step 3

    Cut out the pieces of the snowman from the printable template and/or using dies.

  5. Step 4

    Fold the card base in half. Position the 3 3/4" circle to cover the bottom half of the front panel, and adhere. Do not glue above the score line. Trim the bottom along the straight edge of the card base.

  6. Step 5

    Determine the position of the oval and head, so that the head does not go past the top edge of the card base. Mark the position of the bottom of the oval with a pencil.

  7. Bend the card to adhere first the oval to the larger circle and then the small circle to the oval, so that nothing is glued to the upper part of the card base.

  8. Step 6

    To cut the arms, fold the scrap piece from the card edge in half. Cut along the angled edge beginning at the fold, about 1/4" from the side.

  9. Stop about 1" from the open end of the scrap, and cut out to the side to create a fork. Inside that angle, cut out a small wedge to form a hand.

    Again, save the longer cut-away portion for the snowman’s nose.

  10. Step 7

    Color the arms on both sides using markers or another medium. If using markers, color a base color for the wood, then use a slightly darker color to draw lines with varied pressure to create the look of wood grain.

  11. Step 8

    Shade and assemble the scarf.

  12. Glue the scarf to the card front, making sure to not exceed a width of 4 1/4" for the total card.

  13. Step 9

    Cut a thin triangle about 1 1/2" long from the cardstock left from the arms for a carrot nose. Color it orange. Attach it to the face.

  14. Draw eyes on the snowman’s face. Add a smile if you like.

  15. Step 10

    Create a rectangular package for the snowman to hold. Add a die cut bow or tie ribbon to decorate the package.

    Align the package with the bottom of the card front and attach with foam tape.

  16. Step 11

    Center the arms along the back of the oval piece (center point up), and adhere across the oval.

  17. Fold the arms around the oval to the front. When displayed, the thumbs can tuck in behind the package with elbows out. For mailing, fold the arms over one another.

  18. Step 12

    To create the legs, lightly draw a slightly curved line from the dip in the heart toward the opposite straight side. Shade to the outside of the line using a marker or other coloring medium. This gives the appearance that the legs are crossed.

  19. Step 13

    The shoes are cut from a die cut oval. Cut the oval first, then fold it in half to have a guideline for the middle. Turn the oval die 90 degrees, and center the long side of the die along the fold line. Cut, then repeat to create 2 shoes. The desired shape is indicated on the printable template.

  20. Attach one shoe to the top of the heart, centered at the bottom of the forward leg. Glue or foam tape may be used as adhesive.

    Attach the other shoe to the back side of the heart, centered at the bottom of the leg that appears to be covered up.

  21. Step 14

    Attach the legs to the bottom portion of the inside of the card. Be sure the shoes do not extend past the bottom edge of the card. The top of the heart will extend past the fold line. This will allow the card front to rest against it and stand. Do not glue above the score line.

  22. Use a craft knife to trim away the card base around the legs and shoes.

  23. Step 15

    Complete the card, and display it on the edge of a shelf or mantel.

    The card front sits like an easel card, with the bottom of the base against the back of the upraised knees.

  24. The card folds flat to fit in a standard A2 envelope.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Snowman Shelf Sitter. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Dina, that was a fantastic tutorial. I love the dangling feet.
Teorose  |  Wed Dec 10, 2014 at 4:24 AM
Absolutely ADORABLE!
~amy~  |  Wed Dec 10, 2014 at 5:11 AM
SUPER CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Dina for a SUPER TUTORIAL TOO! :D
Becky Green  |  Wed Dec 10, 2014 at 5:16 AM
Dina, this is just too, too cute. How I love a snowman!!!
Benzi  |  Wed Dec 10, 2014 at 8:07 AM
How adorable! If I didn't already have my Christmas cards done, I would be doing these. So, maybe I should start on these for next year!
Kristy Tyra  |  Wed Dec 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM
Absolutely adorable, and a wonderful tutorial. Thank you so much. I have two of these in the works ALREADY!
Prissequito  |  Wed Dec 10, 2014 at 9:07 AM
You make it look so easy! I will give it a try later, and hope it turns out half as cute!
muscrat  |  Wed Dec 10, 2014 at 9:08 AM
love this. Thank you for sharing.
Wendy Billings  |  Wed Dec 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Dina, Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. My newsletter was at the top of my emails this morning. The timing could not have been more perfect. My sister collects snowmen, and she called last night with the news that she got the new job she wanted. I added a gift tag to the present with the sentiment. I don't have any of the dies suggested, so just traced your template onto my card stock. Super easy. THANK YOU and GOD BLESS
Sherry Kovell  |  Wed Dec 10, 2014 at 1:25 PM
This is the cutest card ever. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. You made it very easy to make and my friend is going to love this snowman.
Margaret Halldorson  |  Wed Dec 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM
Gotta love a snowman! This one is beyond adorable! Your tutorials are always so well done. Thank you! I am going to try making some today to use as gift card holders. I may try a top hat for the guys' cards. Although they are so cute without one. Hmmm, decisions, decisions!
Donna  |  Thu Dec 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM
I made two. Put a top hat on the one and the other I put a ladies hat. So they are now Mr. & Mrs. Snow man. LOL
Margaret Halldorson  |  Thu Dec 11, 2014 at 1:14 PM
I'm working on a second! Thought a friend would love to get this! I kept the first one for me!
muscrat  |  Thu Dec 11, 2014 at 5:19 PM
This is the cutest! I had to try it! I made one for my Secret Santa at work and she loved it! It was so cute! The instructions were easy even for me! Loved this one! Perfect for this time of year!
Gillian Walker  |  Fri Dec 12, 2014 at 6:54 PM
My sister received her card in today's mail. She said it is in a place of honor on her mantle and that it has found a "forever home". Thanks again for the great tutorial
Sherry Kovell  |  Fri Dec 12, 2014 at 8:33 PM
Dina, I made a miniature version to use as gift tags for my grandkids presents. Since I didn't have the dies anyhow, and just used your template, I had my printer set to 5X7 paper. Had to play quite a bit to get the card back the right size, but am pleased with the results. I hope to make a medium sized one for my sister's Christmas eve birthday since she collects snowmen and was thrilled with the original one I sent her for her new job. THANK YOU
Sherry Kovell  |  Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Would love to make this card. Where would I be able to purchase this particular cardstock?
Juanita  |  Fri Dec 26, 2014 at 1:44 PM
Oh, Dina! This is absolutely darling, and I absolutely love snowmen (like Brenda)! Thank you! You continue to amaze! Hugs!
CherylQuilts  |  Fri Dec 26, 2014 at 6:55 PM
Gracias, me gusto mucho
Milvia Ruiz  |  Sat Feb 21, 2015 at 6:49 PM
I love this little shelf-sitter snowman. Since most of the USA is covered with snow and more expected, this is a good card for me to try today.
Thanks for the tutorial.
Edie  |  Wed Feb 25, 2015 at 4:08 AM

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