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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!





Really Reasonable Ribbon November 2023 Blog Hop

Stamperia Sweet Winter Wall Hanging for the Really Reasonable Ribbon November 2023 Blog Hop-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Really Reasonable Ribbon November 2023 Blog Hop: Stamperia Sweet Christmas Wall  Hanging

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon November 2023 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Ginny’s lovely blog.  Our theme for the hop this month is “Christmas”.  I dug through my stash of beautiful Christmas papers and ribbons to make this shabby chic mixed media wall  hanging with Stamperia Sweet Winter papers and ephemera.

Shabby Chic Ribbons and Trims

When you are creating a shabby chic project, Robin’s Egg Wrinkled Ribbon and Silver Metallic String are very good choices.  I’ve adorned my mixed media background with sweetheart blossoms, magnolia blossoms, and chrysanthemums  in shades of pink and white.

Mixed Media Background

To create a sparkling holiday background on your patterned paper, begin with a stencil and Festive Berries Distress Ink.  Next, spread Crackle Texture Paste through the stencil and let it dry.  Then, come back a third time and brush Glitter Glaze through the stencil for a sparkly background.  Finish up with a dusting of Rajni Chawla’s Glitter Glass and a spattering of diluted ivory paint. Messy stitching adds another layer of texture to the edges of the wall hanging.

TIP:  Amp up the winter vibe by dry brushing  all the edges of your chipboard and paper with ivory chalk paint.  It really makes things pop!

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over the Cheryl’s lovely blog to see what Christmas goodies she has prepared for you.  Be sure to finish up over on the RRR blog so you can answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month and be entered into a drawing for a $10 gift certificate to Really Reasonable Ribbon and the digital stamp set of your choice.

You will find a linked supply list below this post.

Enjoy the hop!

Thanks for stopping by, friends!