I absolutely love the country cabin vibe of this card, although it took me a while to get there.
I had seen a number of cards on Pinterest that used snow shoes, a die/stamp that I think Stampin’ Up produced a few years back. I didn’t have either, so I went to my Silhouette Studio store to try and find a snow shoe alternative. I was disappointed. I couldn’t find a snow shoe die that fit my vision until I saw one of their “dingbat” fonts called “O Canada” that had a set of snow shoes. I downloaded the font, but the design still wasn’t quite right, so using the tools of Studio, I edited the design until I got what I wanted. It was a bit tedious, but in the end it turned out amazing.
Once I had the design, I cut out several versions of it in chocolate cardstock, and then one each in kraft cardstock. I layered them, making sure to place the kraft cardstock version in the middle, so that it looks like it’s inlaid binding. Then I wrapped the ends in a rough twine and they were ready for placing on a card.
But then I struggled. I needed to find the right patterned paper to really show off these fabulous snow shoes. In the end I chose a hunter’s plaid and a lovely birch tree bark paper, and of course I had to decorate them up a bit with some pine branches for Christmas.
I can just envision these hanging by the door of a little log cabin with a crackling fire in the fireplace and a hunters plaid blanket on the couch to snuggle under.
Cardstock – Bazzill and Recollections
Patterned Paper – Recollections Holiday Lodge and North Pole Gazette
Silhouette Cameo Die Cutting Machine
Twine – My Minds Eye All is Bright Collection
Punch – Martha Stewart Pine Branch
Ink – Distress Ink by Tim Holtz for Ranger
Tim Holtz Distress Tool