Thursday, October 4, 2012

Snowman Kisses

Snowman Kisses completed
Well, if it seems that I have been posting a lot of projects that are for Christmas and craft fairs, you are right. I am trying to stay ahead of the game before I have to make some shower invitations, and wedding favors for friends.  So, I hope you don't mind another holiday project that I thought was a lot of fun to make, and one that I know my grandchildren will really like too.
To help you make your own, I will try to include as many pictures and instructions as I think you will need.  I got help from so many different demonstrators who have also made these, and once again I have just changed things around a bit so I could use the stamp sets and colors I had in mind.  But special thanks to Heidi Boos who has a lot of great ideas on her blog as well and inspired me the most when I made my Snowman Kisses.
Side view.  Snowman Kisses punched out with Modern Label punch.
First, I cut Bashful Blue cardstock to measure 5" x 3" and scored at 2 1/4" and 2 3/4".  I then round the corners using the 3/16" corner punch.  Here you are looking at the back view.  Next, it is important to place your ribbon on before going any further.  I added two small pieces of sticky strip on each side to keep the ribbon in place.  Then I punched a circle using the 1" circle punch.  Just line this up where you want the bottom of your snowman to be.  This is where you will see the tic-tacs (kisses).
Inside view
After the ribon is in place, secure your tic tacs.  I used Sticky Strip to get a good hold.
Now you can tie it together, and add your front piece which measures 1 14/16" x 2 14/16".  I rounded these corners also, and punched my circle, lining it up with the bottom circle.  Now you can make your snowman.  I have seen several using a large stamped snowman, but since I didn't have that I made one using more 1" circles, and to make the hat I punched Basic Black cardstock with the 1" Square punch and Word Window punch, and trimmed them both down to get the look I wanted.  I used a black marker for the eyes and coal, and a sliver of Pumpkin Pie cardstock fo the carrot nose.
The saying I tied with Linen Thread to my Real Red ribbon goes as follows:
He's cute, cuddly, and full of good wishes.
He wants to give you these snowman kisses!
Now, some people prefer to have the saying on the inside of the holder, but I liked it on the outside, and it punched out nicely with the Extra-Large Oval Punch.  I thought it was nice that people could read it without opening it up.  Again, you can decorate and make your snowman anyway you want, but this worked for me.  In addition, I stamped some small snowflakes on my Real Red cardstock.  I thought it needed a bit of dressing up.  Have fun making your own, and I hope my instructions help, but if you need any more clarification just leave me a comment, or send me an e-mail and I will be happy to be of more assistance.
The following were used:
Cardstock:  Bashful Blue #105120, Whisper White #100730, Real Red #102482, Basic Black #121045
Ribbon: Real Red 1/4" Stitched #126875, Linen Thread #104199
Punches:  Modern Label #119849, 3/16" Corner #119871, 1" Circle #119868, Extra-Large Oval #119859, 1 " Square #124094, Word Window #119857
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip #104294, Snail #104332
Tools:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool #122334


1 comment:

Patti said...

Cute, fun idea Eileen.