It has been snowing all year in New Hampshire, LOL. Looks like it is not supposed to let up until tomorrow night. New snow is so pretty I just love the look of snow on the pines and covering the yards. It sparkles in the sun and makes everything look so clean.
Well, considering that I was planning on making a card for the SSCC (Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge) today, I decided to also do the Delightful Inspiration challenge using their cute "Stitched Snowman".
Wanting to make this cute digi stamp out of felt was a dilemma to me. The felt, of course, would not run through the printer, nor did I have any type of transfer sheets. I came up with a new to me, but certainly not new to the crafting world, way to do it.
First I printed the image and cut out just the snowman. Using the Aleen's No Sew Fabric glue, I adhered the image onto the felt and cut it out.
This worked out pretty well, until....I became wounded in action!
As you can see, I was lucky enough to notice the "huge" hole in my finger before it discolored the felt, LOL
I did not need to worry about the back of the image since this is the side that will be adhered to the card front panel. This was a good thing since the back ended up looking like this!
When I was through with the edges, I cut and colored the nose/carrot, hat and heart out of a 2nd stamp I printed.
Lastly, I sewed the buttons onto the snowman and hat.
Here I attached the carrot using the Aleen's fabric glue. I then realized I had the nose on wrong and tried to remove it. WOW, I can tell you that this glue does indeed dry fast and holds really well, LOL.
To adhere the snowman to the top panel of the card, I used the Aleen's tacky glue and for the hat, I used 2 demensionals on top of one another. I made sure to bend the edges down slightly to give it more of a natural look.
To make the arms, I took the remains of the 2nd snowman and placed it on top of the adhered one.
Using a paper piercer, I added holes to guide where I was to sew the arms. After attaching the heart, I sewed the arms going through each hole 3 times to make them thick as a branch would be.
I sewed some lace for the snow in a zig-zag stitch to match the stamp.
To finish off the card, I used faux stitching for the snow flakes, Happy New Year and underline.
I adhered the front panel, onto white linen card stock finally completing the card.
I did add some glitter snowflakes using my Sakura gel pens, as well as using them for the underline.
I am surprised how long it took me to make this snowman. I am not a sewer, I really don't like it, though I know how...on fabric anyway, LOL.
Looks like I need to learn how to use my mini Janome sewing machine that I purchased a while ago.
Perhaps that will be my new tool for 2010!