Circle Punch Snowman for CASology 380 Guest Designer

by Joanne James15. December 2020 14:00

Today I'm sharing a card for the new challenge over at CASology where I have been invited by the lovely Melissa to be the guest designer, following my 'stag' card being chosen as a winner for challenge 378 - if you missed it, you can see that card here

Today's cue card is a festive one and perfect for some last-minute card making for the Christmas season:

 

 I decided to create a cute snowman using negative space for my card today - take a look:

 

 Here's the low-down on today's card:

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman - Apologies if you now have THAT song stuck in your head, but that was exactly what I decided to do today, on my card at least! Whilst I used my Snowman Builder Punch for the hat and arms, it wouldn't work for the body but this was easily remedied by using some (retired) circle punches (3/4", 1" and 1 1/4"). I added a felt scarf left over from one of last year's accessory kits for a little added texture, a simple sentiment from the 'Snowman Season' stamp set and my falling snow was courtesy of my much-loved retired Softly Falling embossing folder - it's still a favourite of mine:

 

This was the stamping on the inside of my card:

 

Design Defined - One of the things I love about the CASology challenge is that they encourage us to consider what makes our card 'clean and simple'. In addition to the basic guidelines, the design team offer some great tips in terms of their cards. Often when I play along I do the same, and if you check out my previous CASology-related blog posts, you will see lots of similar tips in relation to the cards that I created. For today's card, I defined my card design as 'Use negative space to create a focal point' which is a great way to add interest to a CAS design. 

An Unconventional Take - I actually made a second card using the same design, that was as a result of seeing this week's Inspired By inspiration photo:

I loved the holly against the bright pink for an unconventional take on Christmas colour, so decided I would use this idea to create a second version of the above card. My holly is small and I swapped out my scarf colour for more green, but this card is very much about the pink:

 

So what do you think? I actually still prefer the original one myself, however it was fun to change out the colour for an alternative effect. Here are both cards together for comparison:

 

Which one do you prefer? Do leave me a comment below - I would love to hear your thoughts.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. Thank you to the team at CASology for having me as their Guest Designer this week - do check out the team designs and I'm sure they would love you to play along with this challenge too.

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (8) -

sandie
sandieUnited Kingdom
12/15/2020 4:21:30 PM #

Welcome Joanne as our GD we are so pleased you joined us and with this super example of how to make CAS fun! I love how you built up the Snowman, the added texture of the base and who couldn't resist a pink scarf!!

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Jacquie Southas
Jacquie SouthasUnited States
12/15/2020 6:14:16 PM #

What a bonus to see the second card, Joanne. White on white will always win my heart. I love the top hat and scarf details! It's great having you guest design with us at CASology for the final challenge of the year!

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Nancy Elrick
Nancy ElrickCanada
12/16/2020 4:01:15 AM #

Great card!!  I’m so happy you were able to join us as a guest designer!

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YoonYoung Kim
YoonYoung KimKorea
12/16/2020 12:13:51 PM #

Wow!! The embossed background and the snowman are a perfect match. Welcome for joining CC&S DT and Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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Deborah Wheeler
Deborah WheelerUnited Kingdom
12/16/2020 8:00:53 PM #

Fab snowman - his scarf is so cute! think I'm with you and like the white card best

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Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
12/16/2020 8:22:10 PM #

What a cutie - and it's ab fab in hot pink! And I did miss your reindeer card and win at CASology, so a belated congratulations for that one too!

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danni reid
danni reidUnited States
12/17/2020 12:25:41 AM #

Both cards are so fun and fabulously CAS, don't know if I could pick because they both look so fun and cheerful!  Thank you for inspiring us this week @ IB!

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Joyce
JoyceUnited States
12/20/2020 2:08:14 AM #

I really love both versions of your card.  Wonderful use of color and texture.  Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer at CASology.

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