Winter Wonderland by Pebbles
It’s Nat here, back with the last of my festive card projects for 2015. If you’re still madly crafting away on handmade cards for this Christmas or simply making the most of the festive spirit to do some Christmas crafting for next year then I have some fun card projects I made using the very cute Winter Wonderland collection by Pebbles.
It proved to be very popular in the store and of the items I used in this blog post, only the ephemera and snowflakes are still in stock here. The other items I’ve used are the 6×6 paper pad, the accent stickers, and the snowman stamp.
The collection combines two themes: a princess Frozen-inspired design (great for not only Christmas, but birthday cards) and a general wintry theme filled with snowmen, winter friends and snowflakes and glitter galore!
So on with the wintry parade…
The ephemera pack is chock full of die-cuts (many glittery ones) that are just perfect for creating wintry scenes on cards. And you know how much I love those!
I absolutely love the illustrations of the fox, reindeer, penguins and snowmen in the ephemera pack. So even if you don’t have the coordinating paper to go with them, they are so easy to use with other festive papers, and I would absolutely recommend getting the Workshop paper from Basic Grey Juniper Berry or the 007 paper from Studio Calico Seven Paper Felix collection to create your wintry skies. Then all you need is some white glitter paper to create some snowy slopes and you are good to go!
It’s difficult to make out in the photo, but just under the fox and the trees I added some Picket Fence Distress Stickles – the glitter is a very different texture and makes it look like a fresh scattering of snow is under them.
Next to winter scenes my next favourite look is a snow globe or in this case a snow jar!
I also tried to take a break from using just black or grey ink to stamp greetings. There’s a lot of purple in this collection and I used an ink that picks out the purple tones in the scarves some of the snowmen are sporting.
Another lovely item in this collection is the pack of huuge glittery snowflakes. There are 3 designs and they are all roughly the same size and all beautifully glittered. Although I have used this one on a card I think they would look beautiful scattered on the Christmas table or threaded together to create a garland for a window.
For this card I simply used some foam squares to make the snowflake really stand out and added one of the accent stickers to the centre.
I had a strip of this lovely striped paper left over that I did NOT want to put in the bin (just love that striped paper I wish I had a few sheets of it!) – I knew I wanted it to stand out more on the card so I thought, oh perhaps I can make it look a bit like tinsel or something, so off I went snipping a fringe and it really makes the pine green greeting stand out more.
This fun guy is one of the penguins in the sticker sheet. Pebbles always includes journaling card designs in their 12×12 papers and they scale down the same designs for their 6×6 pads. The little tree tag is one of those scaled down journaling cards and I simply used a mini tag die to cut it out of the paper.
Another top tip for sentiments is to look to your patterned papers for greetings you can cut out – the Happy Holidays is cut from a 6×6 paper from Pinkfresh Studio’s Christmas Wishes line.
With all that glitter going on and the busy patterns in the background the green and white striped paper looked a little flat. So I took my trusty Glossy Accents in hand and carefully drew thin lines down the green stripes.
This card features the little snowman stamp from the collection – and yep, another opportunity to create a snow globe look!
In order to get a white snowman on the snowflake background I stamped him first on white cardstock and trimmed around him but chopped off his arms (sorry Mr Snowman!), then after colouring him in when it came time to position him on the background I stamped him again on the snowflake paper before adding the strip of glitter paper. Once I’d assembled the rest of the card, I used 3D foam to attach him and restore his arms. I added some more Stickles to the pompoms on his scarf and to the little holly berries.
Finally this little number came together when I was trying to work out what I would do with all those mitten stickers… well put them on a washing line of course!
They make for a very Cozy Christmas!
And on that note, I hope you all enjoy a lovely Christmas and a crafty 2016!