Stamperia Sweet Winter Victorian Ice Skates

Stamperia Sweet Winter Victorian Ice Skates: Working with Large Focal Images

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Stamperia Sweet Winter Victorian Ice Skates Card brings back such happy memories from childhood winters.  Living in Vermont, everything froze in the wintertime.  We had a neighbor on our hill who would flood the field beside his house, and when it froze, we had our own neighborhood ice rink.  It was not huge or fancy, and the ice was a bit bumpy.  But that did not impact our fun one bit.  There’s something truly magical about skating outdoors, under a pale blue winter sky, surrounded by trees with snowy branches and winter birds.

Of course, as a girl, I wanted a pair of white ice skates.  But as a girl with three older brothers, what I got was their hand me down black hockey skates.  If I’d had the beautiful white skates I coveted, I would have been able to glide gracefully over the ice instead of spending most of my time on my bottom!   spent more time

Working with Large Focal Images

When I found the image of these skates in my 12×12 pad of Sweet Winter, I knew I wanted to use them on a card.  But they are almost as big as the base of this 5×7 card.  After some thinking, I decided to fussy cut the skates and back them with pieces of waste chipboard.  Then I added foam tape to make them pop off the stitched and layered card background.

This gave me room to tuck flowers, snowflakes, a tag and a dangle element around and behind the image. When working with a large focal image like this, use embellishments to add interest and layers, but let the image be the star of the show.

A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is simple, but elegant. I added a little flap/turn element and a pocket, of course.

Stamperia Sweet Winter-Reneabouquets-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Tuck a Tim Holtz Christmas image behind the flap along with a small ephemera bit.  The back side of the image provides space to write a personal message.  The pocket holds a little tea bag, honey stick and chocolate snowman to enjoy after the skating party is over.

I’m so thankful for this reminder of the simple joys of childhood.  We didn’t have a lot of the gizmos and gadgets that kids of today have.  Our skates, sleds and snowsuits were all  hand-me-downs…but the fun we had was fresh and new every single day.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Wishing you warm winter memories today, friends!





6 thoughts on “Stamperia Sweet Winter Victorian Ice Skates

  1. Lila

    Beautiful card. I love reading your stories. Makes me think about my childhood. Although we never ice skated but we sure had some good memories of sledding in the snow.

  2. Martie Rollin

    I love the Background pads from this collection…can be used for many projects. Stamperia’s 2nd pink collection drew my attention last year…the only pink Christmas cardstock designs my traditional brain seems to accept. Your card is beautiful! Fussy cut images is lovely. When I was a kid in Illinois, we skated on 2 frozen swampy ponds…had to walk a couple miles, but it was worth the effort…coming home, the walk seemed so much longer. We always smiled at spotting frozen goldfish…we knew they would swim away as Spring temperatures melted the ponds. Local residents lit warming fires in 50 gallon drums and sold hot cocoa from thermos jugs. Do you remember tucking your skirt into bulky snow pants? Did kids wear “snoot boots” in your part of the country? Mom knitted them for all 7 of us…mittens and scarves, too. Brrrrrr…midwest winter memories always bring on chills!

  3. Helen

    Perfect fussy cutting Kathy, oh so important when making it a focal point. Every element is in proprtion for the scene you have set. Mounting the skates makes them pop even more and allowed you to tuck in those frostie elements. Love the tassel and skate charm, they are perfect! The lovely surprise hidden inside a vintage image of the lads with their skis and toboggan brings the story together. Super design and layout Kathy!

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