Monday, December 14, 2009

Piano Students' Card

These are what my piano students are getting for Christmas this year. At first I wanted to come up with something specifically musical, but in the end, I went for plain old wintery. All supplies are SU! except for the Santa paper piecing pattern (try saying that 10 times quickly!) found online (just do a search to find a myriad of them), and the glitter glue (Icicles). I used last year's retired Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, and Kiwi Kiss CS, as well as Ballet Blue (I think!) and Whisper White. I used Chocolate Chip for the base. Tearing and chalking the edges of the Whisper White CS to make snow easy and effective! The largest circle punch fits the candy holders perfectly. It all came together pretty quickly. To make punching through all those layers a little easier, I first punched the snowman (after completely assembling and chalking the edges), then glued him down and punched again, lining it up carefully.

I added some details with markers (eyes, mouth, lines on carrot nose), fringed the scarf with my scissors, and added Icicles for snowflakes and to the tip of the snowman's toque.
As always, you can click on any picture to view a larger version.

I also figured out a trick to make assembling the card much easier: once I had filled the plastic cups with candies (peanut butter, mint, and chocolate m&ms), I punched a large circle out and covered up the contents. It's just large enough to 'catch' the edge of the container, which has adhesive on it. This makes lining up the card base, the front panel, and the container much easier!

Here's a close-up; isn't he a cheery little guy?