Thursday, December 10, 2009

Snowy hills gift BOX (with P.O.D. frosty)

I've been singing "Frosty the Snowman" like crazy!

Here's why...

Purple Onion Design Frosty gift box (mel stampz)
....There must have been some magic in that old top hat they found!...

It's a 4 1/2 inch square gift box (pizza box style opening)

1...Purple Onion Design Stamps (used for this) to build this frosty the snowman scene
3...Cheap tricks: false blanket stitch
4...rolling hills template

The Tree, Top Hat, & Snowman from Celebitties doodles:

4 Seasons Definition set
(for the acrylic textured paper)

-2- this frosty the snowman scene
Purple Onion Design Frosty gift box (mel stampz) - CLOSE

  • Purple Onion Designs stamps (linked above)
  • White 100 lb paper (for the gift box)
  • Book paper & Patterned paper (Basic Grey)
  • Angel's Landing Button Bugs Swirl
  • Black & White Pigment ink
  • Clear & White embossing powder
  • Silver & Sakura Souffle gel pens
  • Sakura Quickie glue pen & clear glitter
  • Double-sided tape & Tombow Monomulti
  • Paper & piercer needle
  • Thread (white for snow knots silver for snow swirls)

Step 1) Randomly stamp & emboss the trees from Celebitties--in white.

Step 2) Colour some of the tree trunks in with silver & some with white souffle pen.

Step 3) Print the hill templates (if you like) or draw your own curvy hills & cut them out.

Step 4) Make patterned hills: Trace hills A & C templates onto book paper or patterned paper. Cut 'em out.

Step 5) Texturize the hills:

A) Paint the hills with white acrylic paint.

B) Press the P.O.D. winter definition stamp into the wet paint & let dry.

C) Stamp over the hills with Antique Ledger background stamp and emboss with white embossing powder.

D) Emboss the middle hill (hill B) with the P.O.D. Late 1800's Script background stamp and more white embossing powder.

(please note: stamping acrylic paint makes such delightful texture but you'll want to clean acrylic paint off of your stamp right away, since the paint sets up quickly. I like a soft tooth brush & dish soap for cleaning.) :o)

Step 6) Pierce snow swirls. I used the swirl from Angel's Landing Button Bugs digital set (as a paper piecing template for the silver stitched snow swirls)

Step 7) Stitch the snow swirls.

Step 8) Make the snowman:

A) Stamp the snowman (from P.O.D. Celebitties) in black pigment ink.
B) Emboss it in clear embossing powder.
C) Cut it out & Colour with Copic markers (Frost blue B00.)
D) Cover the snowman in Sakura quickie glue pen & add clear glitter.

Step 9) Make Paper pieces: emboss the scarf & the teensy ear muff--from the snowman.

Stamp the hat in black pigment ink & emboss in clear (the hat is also from Celebitties.) Paper piece the hat band & add glitter.

Step 10) Assemble the hills & snowman on the box and add the hat:

Purple Onion Design Frosty gift box (mel stampz) - CLOSE


false blanket stitch

As an afterthought, I really wanted the black sewing along the side of the
mat to be in a blanket stitch, but I haven't a clue how to do that as an after thought and it takes too long (even for kooky moi, LOL) So.... I just stitched normal stitches and then...

...added the tricky bits with a very fine black permanent marker:

It makes neat squares that you can colour with Copics, if ya want.


(some curvy Rolling hills)

free Template Downloads:

Rolling Hills PNG
Rolling Hills PDF

Hope you have the best day!



Kim Etherington said...

Beautiful Holiday Card. Love the trees and the stitched swirly's on the bottom snow hill. Beautiful!!

Snoopy said...

Gorgeous card! You really went all out and it shows. Hope you're feeling better.

Snoopy :D

Anonymous said...

Thank you for freebies. Link on your post was added to Lori's freebie list

kksb said...

Well Mel!!
You done did it again. All your snow cards are simply incredible.
I think incredible is the word that comes rushing up to my frontal lobe first, each time I see a new project of yours. I would REALLY love to see pictures of your work space and even more than that your storage system. I really hope you love what you do cause Boy Howdy you sure are good at what you do(creating and tutorials). IMHO you have a gift and I am delighted you choose to share it with others.

WickedPixie said...

Mel, I just love the beautiful works of art that you make in card form!! You are so talented!! :-)Traci

Mari said...

You rock!
Love the look of those hills! I still need to go get a book that I can damage - none of *MY* precious books are candidates! lol
You're just amazing. And I second the motion that you show us your space! :)

Meda said...

I love your winter scenes, Mel, and this one is no exception. I think I like it better without the snowman.
As for the blanket stitch, I have known that forever and it is sooo easy! Again, so sorry you are too far away from me.

Dawn said...

another totally adorable creation!! love the faux blanket stitch tip...why didn't I think of that the other day!!
love it!!!

you feeling better sweety? hope so!

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

I saw this on the POD blog and just have to say.. It is so exquisite! Just a gorgeous gift box... oh my.. I always love your details.. and tutorials!

Unknown said...

Love this project and thank you so much for the "how to". It's beautiful and I'm definitely going to try this, if not this year, next year.

Leslie Hanna said...

A-MAZ-ING, as always! Such detail! Such skill! But your math? 2/8? Seriously?! heh heh

Elaine A said...

Mel -

Another fantastic project from you. I don't know how you keep coming up with these ideas, but don't stop! I love this, you really have captured the look of snowy hills and blowing snow - Wonderful!

Elaine Allen

Holly Young said...

love all of the texture! Just exquisite details you add to everything you do!

Chelsea said...

I love that snowman and his hat! So whimsical and FUN!!!

Allison Rankin said...

I just love that color in the BG always, you are a tour de force!