Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Snowman in a Jar

When I spotted that the current Challenge#64 over at Christmas Kickstart was 'Show Us Your Snowfolk - out came my NBUS basket - with a Woodware stamp set fairly quivering in excitement to at last be coming out to play. And this is the card I ended up making:

I used:

- A6 white card blank, side opening

- covered almost all the front of the card with paper from the LOTV 'Frosty Christmas' paper pad, die cut using the largest die from the Heffy Doodles 'A6 Stitched Rectangles' set of dies

- to be fair, I had already worked out all the colours etc. I wanted to use, before choosing the backing paper for the card front

- then I set to making the snowman in a jar using a NBUS Woodware 'Snow Jar' set of stamps

- used Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink to stamp the jar main image of the set three times - twice onto plain white card, then the sky portion onto paper from Sticker Kitten's 'Celestial' paper pack

- then trimmed the main jar as a whole, ran a black Whispers brush pen right round the cut edges and set it aside

- next trimmed the 'sky background' from the 'Celestial' paper, ran a black Whispers  brush pen right around the cut edges and set it aside

- then did the same with the second full stamping onto white card - this time trimming all along and around the snowman - again running around the edges with black pen

- coloured the snowman's carrot, hat and the robin (plus a little separate robin from the same stamp set) using Polychromos pencils

- to assemble I used a medium glue pen and adhered the snowy blue sky onto the main jar panel then coloured the stamped 'snowflakes' using a white gel pen

- then glued the snowman and hillside part of the scene, all one piece, onto the 'sky' layer - wallop, it suddenly sprang into life!

- now I had the jar panel all ready, and having left the screw portion of the neck clear, I could add a length of black and white gingham ribbon with a little knot at the front - used red line tape across the back of the neck to secure it

- added the 'Snowman in a Jar' to the front of the card using thin stick pads to add dimension

-  popped the extra robin I'd cut and coloured earlier so that it sits on the rim of the jar, used a tiny piece of red line tape and a sliver of thin sticky pad

- whilst stamping right at the beginning, I'd also stamped both sentiment strips which came as part of the set and trimmed them using scissors  

- added the sentiment strips using the same medium glue pen

- final touch, a few subtle tickles of clear 'Wink of Stella' on the tree, hat brim and pom pom, here and there on the snowy hillside and a touch on each snowball - none of which show up on the photo but that's nothing new, sigh

- finished!

And, of course I made two at the same time.☺

I'd also like to enter this card into Darnell's NBUS Challenge #40 HERE. The 'Snow Jar' stamp set was having a first outing.


  1. A jar full of adorable cuteness xxx

  2. This wonderful snowman certainly raised a smile here - he is sooo cute. Love the way you built up the layers - brilliant

  3. What a gorgeous card Di - love the snowman in a jar concept, and the wee birdie (a robin?) on the rim is perfect

  4. A fantastic card Di. I love the stamp you've used it reminds me of those snow shakers that you get with the scene inside.

    Sue xx

  5. How cute, fun and impressive card Di! Love so much the detail of the gingham bow!!

  6. Very cute. Like the robin on top of the jar too. Hugz

  7. What a lovely cute image and a fabulous design Di, beautifully coloured up too, Kate x

  8. SO sweet - love the snowman in a jar!

    I think the heat may indeed be getting to you Di...the PB robin is from a different set (albeit one with a similar name) from the reindog image I used, so I don't think that you have missed that it's in your stash...although perhaps you have both sets! ;)
    PB did an old woodmounted stamp with a dog in antlers - that one has plain fur, so might be a better match for Dudley. I've used it on a card here.
    It's really old - I think I've had it since before I had my blog, but you might get lucky and find it on ebay.
    I'd be happy to stamp some images for you - just give me a shout!
    Helen x

  9. Adorable snowman in the jar, Di - just love the ribbon and little birdie at top too!!

  10. This is adorable! I LOVE your snowman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. A cute scene die, although I hope you've put some air holes in the lid for the adorable little snowman to be able to breathe! I recognise that backing paper, I've just got a one or two whole sheet left and a little pile of snippets.... which I usually stroke instead of use. lol It's a shame the paper pads can't be bought anymore. xx

  12. Love the snowman in a jar! Perfect choice of background paper!

  13. LOVE this Christmas card. What a great idea to keep a snowman in a jar! Love how this card came together. Xxx

  14. All the cutting and coloring work that went into making this fun card was well worth it, and I love that gingham ribbon tied around the top of the jar! Great use of your NBUS!

  15. A Great image Di and a lovely fun card, love the gingham ribbon too.

  16. How lovely! I really like that stamp, and the addition of the robin is the bizz! Thanks for playing at Christmas Kickstart, Di, always good to have you here! Jo x

  17. What a fabulous card Di, it's been a while since I have used a woodware stamp. Your brilliant design has reminded me how striking they are x

  18. Oh my gosh ... this is so adorable, Di! Love your snowman snowglobe card. What a fun image and I love your colouring along with the gingham ribbon. xx

  19. Such a sweet card Di! And you’ve reduced your NBUS pile!

  20. I'm not sure if he's quivering or shivering, Di, but he sure is cute! It's so nice seeing you in the NBUS gallery again this month!

  21. This is absolutely gorgeous Di (and that set goes on my neverending list!!) The gingham ribbon is the perfect touch and the little robins are adorable! Thanks for your good wishes - we're all back up and running thank goodness. Have added 'having the vapours' to my current vocab too - made me giggle :) Have you been reading Jane Austen again?! Hugs, Vicky xx

    1. Hi Vicky! Jane Austen is one of my heroines! The house she lived in at Chawton is a real treasure to visit if you haven't been. Not far from where we live. The door to the room she wrote in had squeaky hinges, her little alarm that someone was entering the room and it allowed her time to cover up her work - she sat at her desk with her back to the door. Supposedly, they never oil the hinges to this day! I do love the expression 'Having the vapours'! Followed by 'falling into a swoon'! :) x

  22. How gorgeous is your snowman and your ribbon is just the greatest finishing touches so creative nice too that your added the robin on the top xx

  23. How sweet your cute snowman looks in the jar Di and love the added gingham ribbon and the lovely little birds, and the background snowflake paper looks great. x

  24. Finally getting some blog reading caught up. This is just too cute, Di!


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