A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Snowman in the Meadow

Welcome to the May challenge of CAS Christmas!  I'm hosting this month and I've chosen "snowman" as my theme.

It seems strange to be thinking of making a snowman when I'm busy getting my garden planted!

I used a really old stamp that I've had since I very first started making cards.  It's made by a local company in my part of Canada - Old Island Stamp Co.  I've bought quite a few of their stamps over the years as I like to support local companies.

I stamped it on a very white watercolour paper from Crafters Companion and watercoloured with Gansai Tambi paints.

I used a new sentiment stamp that seems to suit the image perfectly in size and font.

I bordered the panel with a scrap of red cs and decided to pull out a very old border punch to add some interest and get my panel better proportioned for the A2 card base.

With a Stardust gel pen, I added some sparkle to the snowflakes that are part of the snowflake stamp.  I used a Quickie glue pen and white glitter on the hat's brim and pom pom and on the mittens' cuffs.  Here's a close-up to show you the Stardust shimmer on the snowflakes and the glitter on the hat and mittens.

Please head over to CAS Christmas and check out the other inspiration from our Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer, Barb of Barb's Studio Creations.  You have until May 24th to link up a card.  Please keep it clean and simple, and feature a snowman.

Stamps - Old Island Stamp Co. snowman, PrintWorks sentiment
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - Crafters Companion watercolour paper, red and white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, white glitter, old snowflake border punch, Stardust gel pen


  1. Such a cute snowman, Susan! Beautiful watercoloring and I love your sentiment...I think that song will be in my head for the rest of the day :)
    Thank you again for inviting me to be GD for May...it's been great working with you!

  2. Nothing weird about a snowman card and gardening. 😉
    Adorable card, Susan. Way to use old supplies. Beautiful watercolouring as usual and that sentiment is awesome! xx

  3. Your snowman is one of the cutest ever, Susan!! I love this sentiment with it too. Great design with the added dimension and sparkle from your glitter. And I love way you've framed your image with the snowflake punch border. So adorable!! xx

  4. The sentiment is such a perfect match that I thought it was part of the stamp! This is adorable! Love the sparkle and that pretty border! Great challenge!

  5. Love the red/white colors Susan - and your pretty coloring of Frosty - the red frame is lovely with the snowflake edge!

  6. It's a fun theme and there will be a lot of cute cards for this one. This simple snowman is darling. Love the snowflake/scallop border with him.

  7. An adorable snowman image and loving the attention to detail with the little bit of bling. The sentiment font is wonderful too x

  8. What a cute, CUTE little snowman in his Santa cap Susan and the sentiment is just perfect...LOVE the font too! I will definitely have to start digging through my vast snowman stamp collection so I can play along this month!! :0)

  9. He's is one CUTIE :D
    Just the right amount for colour, he's AWESOME in the MEADOW!!

  10. Such a sweet snowman and beautifully colored and framed. I Love the sentiment too. TFS Susan. It is so fun gardening again. Hugs...

  11. This is such a cute snowman card, Susan! I love this doodling style snowman image and the sentiment is perfect. I thought the image and the sentiment are from the same stamp set at first. Your watercoloring makes him look even more adorable. The snowflake border punch and the Stardust shimmer & white glitter are a nice finishing touch! Hideko xx

  12. I love that sentiment, Susan and it is just perfect with that cute snowman stamp! Both are very playful looking. That border fits nicely too. It's always fun to revisit old stamps and supplies. Have a good weekend! Nance xx


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