Saturday means it’s time for another 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown challenge! This week we have a fun theme that I guess is kind of a cross between a technique challenge and an embellishment challenge – punch art. You can join in by making a Christmas or winter card using punches to create your focal point, and linking it to the 52{C}CT website by 1:00 pm Eastern time Friday, May 2. Check out the challenge site for all the details.

I saw a darling snowman card in the gallery a couple years ago and have wanted to give it a try.  I thought the perspective of looking down at the snowman was a fun alternative to looking at him at something nearer to eye level.  This challenge was just the nudge I needed to go ahead and try it.  I confess that I fudged a little on the “punch” aspect with regard to the circles for the snowman – my punches were either too large or too small, so I used my Nestabilities dies to cut them.  The edges of them are very lightly sponged with blue ink to add some visual dimension (so very lightly that it doesn’t really show in the photo.  Ooops.).  The top part of the hat (the crown?) was made with a square punch, and the brim is just a narrow scrap of cardstock that I cut to fit.  I also cut the arms and nose from scraps of cardstock.  I used my 1/4″ circle punch for the eyes and buttons, and the circles for the mouth were done with my old “anywhere punch” from setting eyelets.  I chose the ribbon to decorate the hat by color coordinating it with the snowman’s “carrot” nose, and that’s also how I chose the color for the card base.   I used my shimmer paint on the snow for the ground.  I didn’t have a whole lot of room for a sentiment, so I chose a short one that will make this a cute “any reason” card to donate to Operation Write Home for one of our heroes to use this coming winter.  (I know I still need to put a light-colored liner inside of it.)  Even though the different parts of the snowman are raised up with dimensional adhesive, I think the card will smoosh flat enough to go through the mail all right.  In real life, the dimension helps prevent the hat from visually blending into the black mat so much.

The layout for my card was taken from this week’s Inkspirational challenge.

So, there you have it.  Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll join us and play along with 52{C}CT this week!

Stamps: Two Scoops for Flopsey (My Favorite Things)
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); 1″ square punch (Creative Memories); 1/4″ circle handheld punch (source unknown); 3/16″ hole punch (Making Memories); Frost White shimmer paint (SU); orange gingham ribbon (Offray)

13 Responses to “52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown – April embellishment/technique challenge”

  1. I really like this! Unusual perspective – but it so works!! As for fudging on the punches – I think dies are just very BIG punches!! Such a fun card!

  2. Terrific Snowman Patricia! Love your card and sentiment. Hugs D

  3. Patricia! This is the coolest snowman card I’ve ever seen. Everything is visually lined up just right. Great card! Glad you finally gave it a try.

  4. I saw this on 52CCT and thought it was such a cool idea, so clever and inventive and how great it came form our sketch! Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational x

  5. Love your cheery snowman gazing up at me! What a brilliant idea! Great use of circle punches, I must try this out

    Louise xx

  6. This is so fun! That shimmer paint gives such a unique look and the snowman is just darling. I like the different dimension/perspective that we are viewing. That comment also lends itself well to the theme. So glad that you joined us at Inkspirational!

  7. I agree – the snowman looks fab from this perspective and I LOVE the shimmer painted snow! Vicky x

  8. HAHAHA love that cute snowman! He made me smile this morning! Love your take on the sketch! Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational this week!

  9. What a festive and cheery snowman card Patricia, I love the shimmer paint snow and the fun sentiment! Thanks so much for joining us at 52 {C}CT and Inkspirational and I look forward to seeing you again soon! Ruth x

  10. This is fabulous, Patricia! LOVE the way you layered the punches for the snowman! Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational! 🙂

  11. Great card Patricia. Love the punch art snowman and great take on the Sketch. Thanks for playing along at Inkspirational this week.


  12. A great example, Patricia. What a beautiful and so effective idea, this gorgeous little snowman!
    Thank you for your nice comments on my last card.

    Rosi x

  13. Just gorgeous – love the perspective too – Jacqueline xx

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