How to Save a (Snowman’s) Life ;)

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The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Christmas!Drop on by to join in the fun and be in with the chance of winning a super prize.Don’t forget to take a look at some fabulous inspiration by the talented DT while you’re there.

Isn’t Sammy – Thank You by Crafty Sentiments just the most adorable snowman you’ve ever seen?!Here’s a little story to go with him.It may explain my post title too,in case you were wondering…

I had so much fun trying to colour this frosty chap in ever so carefully with Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers.Even getting a nice furry effect on the squirrel and some lovely shading on Sammy himself.Well,once finished I stuck him onto the card I’d already prepped and added the sentiment.Then I spotted a blob of red Copic ink  to the right of his eye.Oh no!I’m such a mucky pup 😦 I always seem to get this all over my hands and it’s the worst colour to remove.I pulled out the Blender in the vain hope it would magically disappear.Um,no…instead I was left with a pink smudge.Next course of action was to try and cover it with white gel pen,another good rescue remedy.Nope!Still showed through even after a second coat.Because I use Collall All Purpose it was going to be difficult to take the image off with out damage to the red card underneath as it was almost dry.And,of course,as luck would have it I didn’t have enough left to cut another mat.So I laid it down,walked away and quietly thought about it for a few days.I suddenly remembered I had some gesso…probably thick enough to cover all the mess and add texture into the bargain!Now what if I added some mica powder for some snowy glisten?Perfect!How to add the shading back in without risking damaging my pens?Pearlescent watercolour paint – but not too wet…

Considering how much I messed this up I think I did a pretty good salvage job :

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So now you know how to save a snowman’s life!

And I have another Christmas card ready for 2015!! 😀

Supplies :

Image : Sammy – Thank You by Crafty Sentiments

Sentiment : Personal Impressions Lindsay Mason Block Christmas Words

Mediums : Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers,Jet Black Archival Ink,Gesso,Mica Powder,Pearlescent Water Colour Palette,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen

Paper & Card : DP Dovecraft Christmas Fancy 6 x 6 Pack,Kars Christmas Collection Cardstock,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank

Tools :  X-Cut Guillotine,Nestabilities Labels 1,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors

To Embellish : Dovecraft Christmas Fancy Sticky Ribbon and Brad

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Crafty Boots : Merry Christmas

Digi Sketch Challenge : Sketch and/or Christmas (theme only)

Get Creative Challenges : Christmas

Incy Wincy Designs : Snowy Days

The Crazy Challenge : Christmas

Come and Get It : Merry Christmas

A Gem of a Challenge : Anything Christmas

Di’s Digis Designs : Christmas!

Brown Sugar : Winter

Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge : Winter

Crafty Catz : Snowmen

Pattie’s Creations : Christmas Cards

C.R.A.F.T. : Christmas

Delightful Challenges : Twinkle Twinkle (add something sparkly)

Little Miss Muffet Challenges : Anything Goes

Moving along with the Times : Christmas Climate (Definitely cold!)

Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ : Snow People

Crafting By Designs : Christmas

Divas by Design : Feeling Festive

Inky Impressions : Snow

Simon Says Stamp : Christmas Holidays

Whimsy Inspiration : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bunny
    Dec 09, 2014 @ 13:52:19

    This is very cute. I love the colors you used. Thanks for joining us at Come And Get It challenge. Bunny DT


  2. Dionne
    Dec 09, 2014 @ 14:57:59

    Sweet card, lovely colouring and great layout. Thank you for taking part in the Crafty Boots Christmas Challenge.

    Wishing a happy Christmas to you and your family.



  3. babygirl97240
    Dec 09, 2014 @ 21:27:50

    très belle carte! bises


  4. Virginia Lu
    Dec 09, 2014 @ 23:44:14

    AWESOME job on the coloring! I love the use of dies and elements! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Christmas/Holidays” Challenge!


  5. Gail Lass
    Dec 10, 2014 @ 04:00:48

    Wow, the colors on this snowman are outstanding. I love the bright and cheery colors! Such a cute cute image and a beautiful card! Hugs, Gail


  6. Isobel hunter
    Dec 10, 2014 @ 05:42:56

    Great card thanks for joining us at Get Creative Challenges good luck x


  7. Brenda
    Dec 10, 2014 @ 05:43:22

    Your coloring is gorgeous! I loved your story, so relate to it :). You took advantage of a creative opportunity, love your card! Thanks for sharing with us at CRAFT Challenge!


  8. Jane savage
    Dec 10, 2014 @ 16:53:18

    A snowman definitely worth saving! Gorgeous design with superb coloring! Love it!
    Thank you for joining us at Delightful Challenges. Jane xxx


  9. didosdesigns
    Dec 10, 2014 @ 17:20:46

    Ah this is super, Thanks for playing on MAWTT this week, Hazel (Didos)xx


  10. barb
    Dec 10, 2014 @ 18:58:57

    This is so darling with a wonderful design and colors, just darling. Thank you for sharing with us at the Incy Wincy challenge. Barb


  11. Helen
    Dec 11, 2014 @ 01:28:50

    Fab card and a great rescue job too!

    Thanks for joining us at the CRAFT challenge.

    Helen x


  12. michele
    Dec 11, 2014 @ 16:02:16

    Fabulous card 🙂 Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity hugs x


  13. Nick
    Dec 11, 2014 @ 18:44:19

    wow, this is gorgeous. Love love love the glitter on the snowman, it looks like real snow. Thank you so much for playing along with our Snowman Challenge at Crafty Catz. Good luck and hope to see you back soon!


  14. Lisa D.
    Dec 12, 2014 @ 00:08:21

    Wow Lisa, this is simply stunning but then all your work is. I agree that Sammy really is adorable. I love the way you’ve coloured him and the texture you added to the squirrel looks awesome.

    Thanks for joining us this fortnight over at Pattie’s Creations Challenges. I hope you will consider coming back and playing with us again soon. Good luck in the draw.

    Lisa D., PC DT


  15. Sandi DeFalco
    Dec 15, 2014 @ 00:13:57

    Thanks for playing in our “CHRISTMAS CARDS” Challenge #105!
    Sandi ♥
    DT Coordinator for Pattie’s Creations Challenge!
    and Pattie’s shop
    Home of Pattieboop and Allie!


  16. Cvetelina
    Dec 15, 2014 @ 08:05:14

    Sweet card! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenges.


  17. Deborah
    Dec 15, 2014 @ 15:41:33

    Very cute card. I like the design of the card and how you colored your image. Beautiful for Christmas.
    Deborah – crafty sentiments teamie


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