Tennis Snowman Christmas Card

Every year my Monday tennis lesson group gives our tennis pro Charlie a little something for Christmas and I make a card to hold it.  Charlie is the best pro ever.  He is not only an awesome teacher but he is also very kind and patient.  He seems to read whether we are having a good day or a bad one, so much so that I once told him that, if he ever decided to quit tennis, he could have a stellar career as a psychologist ;).

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For this year’s 5″x7″, card I used products from all different sources.  I waited til the last minute to make it so I grabbed products that I have worked with a lot or where very handy (as in “in the huge pile on my desk”).  The red ink, cardstock, paper and the snowman are from Stampin’ Up! (Real Red ink, Old Olive cardstock, Under the Mistletoe DSP pack, Seasonal Chums stamps, Seasonal Tags dies).  The sentiment is from Altenew’s Brilliant Baubles Stamp & Die set.  The sloped hill with the trees is from a Stampin ‘ Up! die set no longer available but there are several slope and hillside dies out there (some linked below).

Snowman tennis card

For the mountains, I cut some random mountain shapes out of plain printer paper, being careful to cut in one continuous line.  I first used the mountains as a mask to add the blue sky.  I blended some Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink to the top of a 3.25″x5.25″  piece of Bristol Smooth White Cardstock with a Ranger Ink Blending Tool.  Then I took the portion of paper that I cut away from the top of the mountains and used some Post It tape to mask off the white peaks of the mountains.  I ink blended Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink in the mountain areas.  When I removed the mask, the mountain tops were nice and white, with no ink on them at all.  If you want to make life a whole lot easier for yourself where the mountains are concerned, you can use Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Mountain Borders dies instead.  They cut mountains and the snowy tops.

I wanted the background to blend away a little so I used Titanium White gouache from M. Graham & Co (I got mine from Amazon a couple of days ago) mixed with a little water to spatter some snow and create a blizzard over the mountains.  I am really happy with the way it turned out.  Gouache is opaque and didn’t mix with the Distress Oxide Ink but rather sat on top of it.  This was my first time using it.

I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to stamp the snowman and used Copic markers: E37, YG61, YG63 for the trees; R29, YG61 and YG63 for the scarf, gloves, holly and hat band; W3 for the bunny; C5 and C7 for the hat.  I grabbed R24 by mistake for the carrot nose but I meant to use Y17.  The racquet is free clipart which I printed and fussy cut.  To make it look like you could see through the strings, I ink half the racquet with Tea Dye Distress Oxide Ink, and the other half with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink to match the slope of the mountain.

Snowman tennis card closeup

My next project is my holiday cards for family and friends.  I think at this point they will have to be New Year’s cards…


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