By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
Peg’s Crafting Corner
It seems like all of us are already busy preparing for the holidays and they haven’t officially arrived yet. Now is the time to start creating those cards so they can be mailed out on time. This telescoping snowman makes a cute addition to your holiday choices.
Begin by cutting a piece of card stock (12 x 12 Super Value Pack) that measures 4 ¼” x 11”. Measure down 1” from the top and 1 ¼” from each side and make a mark. Place into your paper trimmer and make a cut beginning at the 1” mark and down to 6 ½”. Repeat this step on the other side.
Place the card stock on your scoring board and score from the side up to the cut line at 1”, 2” and 6 ½”. Score in between the cut lines at the 5 ½” mark.
Fold the card on the score lines. The easiest way is to begin by folding the scores on each side and then lay the card flat down and it will naturally want to fold the rest of the lines.
Trim 4 pieces of patterned paper(North Pole by Doodlebug) that measure ¾” x 4” for the bottom front of the card base, 1 ½” x 4 ¼” for the base’s center and two strips that measure 1” x 4 ¼” for each side of the card. Attach them using a tape runner.
Now it’s time to make the snowman. Start by cutting a 2”, 2 ½” and 3” circle from white card stock. You can use a die set (Spellbinders Large Standard Circles) or a circle cutter.
Add a sparkle to the snowman by squeezing a little Icicle Stickles (or you can use glitter and glue) on each of the circles and move around using your finger or paint brush.
Once the sparkle has dried, assemble the snowman by overlapping the bottom of the 2 ½” circle over the top of the 3” circle and then punch a hole in the bottom of the 2 ½” circle and through the top of the 3” circle with a hole punch or Crop-A-Dile. Add a brad to hold them together. Repeat this step with the bottom of the 2” circle and the top of the 2 ½” circle. Fasten it using a white brad. Add a brad to the upper center part of the largest circle and one to the center of the 2 ½” circle to create the buttons, too.
Hand draw a face onto the smallest circle and then add dots of Black Diamond Stickles to make the face stand out. Allow the Stickles to dry completely.
While the face is drying, you can work on creating the snowman’s hat. First, cut a 1 ¼” square and a ½” x 2” piece from black card stock. Glue the strip over the bottom part of the square for the brim of the hat. Mark 3 dots onto the brim in as shown in the picture and cut 2 pieces of green card stock for the holly leaves. You can also use stickers, cut them from patterned paper or use a die to create the leaves. Punch 3 holes where you made the marks and place 3 red brads in each hole to represent the holly berries.
Glue the hat to the top of the snowman’s head. Take a piece of orange card stock and cut out a small triangle. Round the back edges of the triangle to create the carrot for his nose and glue it on.
Punch 2 twigs (Branch Punch by Martha Stewart) from the copper card stock (8 ½” x 11” Super Value) and dip the bag of them into glue and adhere them to the snowman. Attach the snowman to the card base using a tape runner. Remember to keep the adhesive in line with the center upright of the base.
Punch out the holiday message(Alphabet Punch by Martha Stewart) and attach it to the front of the card using a Quickie Glue Pen by Sakura.
Tie a piece of ribbon with a small lose knot on the right side and allow some of the ribbon to hang down on the right. Do not tie a loop around the snowman’s neck because it will interfere with it folding down. Trim the left part of the ribbon even with the left side of the snowman’s neck and attach it with glue making sure to cover the white brad.
He is now finished and ready to bring joy into someone’s holiday season. They are so cute you’ll want to make one to keep and use as a decoration around your house, too. There’s nothing more fun than having a card that interacts with you so have some fun with this telescoping snowman!