Shaped Cards – Snowflake Tropics


DIY Shape Cards

Creating shaped cards just takes a little imagination and a large die. I thought this week I would put a little spin on my snowflake Christmas card and create a tropical scene – why not?!! After all, I did just spend 10 years in Florida!

This month at Happy Little Stampers, the Christmas Challenge focuses on Shaped Cards. Since it’s been snowing a little every day here in the forest, I thought a snowflake card would be perfect!

HLS Christmas Challenge March 2016

We also have a great guest designer this month – Rahmat – Cards & Cooking Corner  Be sure to check out her blog and project too!

Tomorrow I’ll have  a video to show you for this card as well, so stop on by!

How to create Shaped Cards – Tropical Snowflake

  • Measure your snowflake die and cut a card base slightly larger. Mine measured 3 3/4 tall by 4 1/4 wide folded.  (7 1/2 x 4 1/4″)
  • Score your card at 3 3/4″ and mask off the back flap with a post it note.

Tropical Christmas Cards

  • Stamp your water using 139H Seaside Cove by Stampscapes in Early Espresso. Tip – you want to have the glistening part somewhere on your card.
  • Mask off the horizon line at the top of your stamped image (the sky) and sponge in your bottom. Try to keep the glisten part light. I used Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feather Distress Inks and Mini Sponge Tools by Ranger.
  • Add a little extra color to the horizon line.Flip your mask so that the water is hidden.
  • Cut a sun mask using a 3/4″ circle punch and post it note. Tip – if you can’t get the mask to punch cleanly, place your post it note in between a folded piece of copy paper and punch.
  • Sponge your sky in your desired colors. I used Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick & Seedless Preserves Distress Inks.

Shaped Cards

  • Create a stencil by punching the same punch in the center of a square post it note.
  • Remove the sun mask and replace it with a sun stencil. Sponge with Fossilized Amber, Mustard Seed and a tiny bit of Spiced Marmalade at the bottom.
  • Stamp your Palm Tree (Palm Stalks 123F [Stampscapes] – cut apart) & Palm Fronds – Stampscapes fronds #2 & #3 in Espresso.
  • Add the birds either with a stamp or draw by hand. I used a partial stamping of Gulls #302A with an Espresso Marker, and free hand drew a few more.
  • Stamp your greeting – I needed a small stacked greeting, so I used this one from Christmas Bell Medley by Stamplorations.
  • Now that your scene is done, we can create the shaped card.
  • Keep your card folded as you run it through your Big Shot or other die cutting machine.

Snowflake Shaped Card for Christmas

  • Be sure to slightly mis-align the top so that the card fold remains intact – meaning you have a flat edge at the uppermost top two snowflake arms (for lack of a better word!)
  • Cut your die, make sure it cuts through both pieces!
  • And there you have it – a snowflake shaped card.

Now this card is rather small, but it’s cute and would actually make a super cute tag or ornament – you could even pop a photo on the inside in the shape of a circle.

So I hope that inspired you a bit. I’m looking forward to seeing what you create. Don’t forget to check out the design teams cards too – we all have different shapes! Enter the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge here.

Earlier this week, I saw my super talented friends Kristie and Bonnie play along with tropical themed Christmas cards for Merry Monday, so I thought I’d join them by combining the two challenges for this project! Be sure to check out those amazing cards too!


Hope you give both challenges a try. I’ll be back in a few days with a Mixed Media one!

Keep those fingers inky –


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  1. Linda Wilkinson says:

    I love this card♥ The color combo is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing all your great creations! We are suppose to get some snow here in the Midwest this week to 🙁

  2. Christmas in the tropics! Super idea, and such unusual combination of snowflakes and hot beach. Great inspiration.

  3. I LOVE that you created a tropical christmas card. That’s what it is like here at Christmas. Your shape is fantastic!! xx

  4. Most unusual and so very pretty (I lived in Fla for over 42, so very much appreciate the loveliness of the tropical scene). Puts me in mind of some of the glorious sunsets. The shape is breathtaking, so thanks for explaining how you created it. It’s just stunning and love those non-traditional colors in the tropic scene. TFS

  5. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday. Nifty idea and very creative to stamp your scene on a snowflake.

  6. Girl… you really never cease to amaze me.. This is beautiful and makes me want to go where it is summer for Christmas 🙂
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  7. Hello Ingrid: I love the way you created this beautiful, moon lit seascape inside that snowflake!!! It looks amazing, your coloring is fabulous, thank you for sharing the tips on how to create this beautiful shaped snowflake card.

    Maria Rodriguez.

  8. Wow Ingrid – this is just stunning! I would never have thought of doing this and you are so generous to share your step by steps.
    Carol x
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  9. Ingrid, you always amaze me! What a wonderful idea for a snowflake! I LOVE it! Thanks for sharing it with us at Merry Monday!
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  10. This is just amazing, Ingrid! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!!
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  11. Ooooh! Your card is so pretty! Your idea of a tropical image in a snowflake shape is perfect!

  12. Love the scene on the snowflake! Great card.
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