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Holiday Quickie: Snowman Card

By Marie Gamber, Artistic Guide

Finished card size:  5.5"  x  4.25"

The Holiday Season is upon us and  there is a mip in the air.  Although I live in California, my memories keep going back to the time when I stood at the window watching snowflakes drift down from the sky and silently saying a prayer we were going to have a snow day!   Memories of  my father and I making a snowman  in our front yard are vivid to me even after all these years.  Those memories inspired me to make this Holiday Quickie using a snowman image.  White is one of the easiest colors to use on your images and I will show you how!

Snowman rubber stamp (Inkadinkado)

Pure Luxury White (GKD)

Bright green from my stash
Cryogen for my focal image (Curious Metallic inc)
Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukeneko)

Memento Grey (Tsukeneko)
Memento Cantaloupe (Tsukeneko
Copic Alcohol Ink Markers (.too.Inc)
Small/Large Oval Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

Scissors fine tip
Paper trimmer
Acrylic stamping block
Cuttelbug (Provo Craft)
Snowflakes embossing folder (Provo Craft)
Ribbon (from stash)


  1. The technique used for this card was:  Coloring white objects, flicking inking method, tip to tip inking and on paper blending.
  2. Base card was cut at 4.25 inches  x 11 inches  with the cardstock in the vertical landscape.  Score at 5.5 inches.  The base layer is 4  inches x 5.25 inches.  The top layer is 3.75 inches x 5 inches.  Focal Layer and mat is cut with Small/Large Oval Nestabilities die.
  3.  Stamp snowman on Cryogen cardstock or paper that is Copic compatible.
  4. Identify where the highlights come from.  The snowman is facing toward the right side so I selected that for my highlights. Where the line first hits the snowman is highlighted.  Areas where the line touches the last part of the snowman will be the shaded areas.

  5. White is one of the easiest colors to use.  Most of the image is not colored.  identify the corner areas or areas that will be in the shaded areas.   These are the areas that will be colored.   Using Boo, lay the shading down in the corners or areas shaded. 
  6. Using the side of the Copic brush, flick Booo0 away from the darkest color.   Remember that the majority of the snowman will be left uncolored.  
  7. Starting with G28 lay down the shadow areas of the scarf and hat.  When you use 3 colors, the majority will be the mid tone.  Blend out using your G21 as a mid tone.  Using a flicking method blend your highlight areas with G11.  If the colors do not appear to blend as smooth as you like, bridge the two colors you want to blend by touching the lighter color to the tip of the darker color.  Stroke the brush tip of the lightest color on a clean piece of card stock when finished in order to prevent it from being absorbed into the barrel of the marker  and watering down your color.  
  8. Apply YR16 to the little carrot nose and E47 to the  stick arms.  Gently apply Y0000 to the area the sun will hit first on the snowman and snow on the ground.  C2 was used to karken the darkest shadows of the snowman and the shadow that grounds the snowman.   
  9. The focal image and mat were cut out with Large and Small Oval Nestabilities die.  Emboss the focal image with the die in place by using an A plate, B plate, image (flipped over, rubber mat for cushion and B plate.   Top base layer was embossed with Snowflakes embossing folder.  The positive or the negative side of the embossed card stock can be used.  It will be  a personal preference for the image and look you are creating.   Adhere the layers and ribbon to assemble card.  

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have a wonderful HOLIDAY SEASON.




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5 Responses »

  1. I am still in the early stages of Copic use and your shading tips and techniques are fabulous! The image is colored beautifully and your card is wonderful! TFS!

  2. great snowman--looks like he's shivvering!

  3. Love your snowman. Great job on your tutorial. Love the colors.

  4. Love the card. The instructions are excellent.

  5. Marie,
    What a fabulous snowman and your tutorials are always instructional. The fact that this is a quickie card and yet looks so complex and beautiful is a wonderful thing! 😀 Really love the hues of yellow on the edges.
    Lisa xx