Els van de Burgt Studio Joset Designs Shimmer Sheetz

Holiday Card with Ice Skates

November 11, 2016

Card Front

Mary here today with a fun holiday card. When I was a kid I used to love to ice skate all winter long. This card reminds me of the glide, glide, and sway – of spins and jumps, and skating through the quiet snow. It was a magical and wonderful time of year (but I’m glad to now live in North Carolina!).

Making the Card

1. Cut 85 lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; score and fold in half for a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base. Cut Soft Sky Soft Finish Cardstock 3 3/4 x 5 inches. Cut vellum 1 1/4 x 6 inches.

2. Silver emboss sentiment on vellum starting about 1/2 inch from left edge. Wrap around Soft Sky piece from step 1, starting about 1 inch from top, adhering on back using clear double sided adhesive. Adhere to front of card.

3. From 85 lb Soft Finish Cardstock, die cut two of all skates pieces except for the blades. Die cut blades from Siver Metallic Shimmer Sheetz. Reminder: A Metal Adaptor Plate or Sizzix Big Shot with Precision Base Plate is REQUIRED for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. Review Els’s YouTube tutorial if you are new to this technique to ensure that your cutting ‘sandwich’ is correctly positioned.

4. Lace up the sktes with twine. Hint: Put a small piece of clear double sided adhesive behind the top and bottom lace and stick the ends in them. Tie two small bows. To make a bow, I used tweezers that only open when squeezed, like the ones that come in Susan’s Garden Tool Set, to help hold the single loop while I tied around it.

5. Apply Walnut Stain Distress Ink to sole/heel pieces of skates with ink blending tool. Adhere to bottom of skates with glue (e.g. Kids Choice Glue). Adhere blades to skates using clear double sided adhesive on back of skates.

6. Die cut snowflake border from 85 lb Soft Finish Cardstock. Add Transparent/Silver Glitter Dots as shown. You don’t have to add Dots beneath the area that will be covered by the skates or in areas at the ends of the border strip that will get cut off. Adhere to top of card as shown. Trim off excess.

7. Glue bottom skate to card where shown. Glue on bow. Adhere top skate using dimensional tape as shown. Glue on bow.

Card Angled


ECD Supplies

Other Supplies

  • Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
  • Ink Blending Tool
  • Twine: Black/Gray/White
  • Vellum
  • Silver Embossing Powder (e.g. Ranger Silver)
  • Embossing Ink (e.g. VersaMark)
  • Dimensional Tape

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  • Reply Sanna November 13, 2016 at 9:15 am

    love this card, Mary!! gorgeous!

  • Reply Kathleen Adams November 11, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Mary, this is just so cute. I agree the twine shoelace is brilliant. Super tutorial too!

  • Reply Mary Prasad November 11, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you ladies! Know that I read and apperciate all your comments! I love the skates dies – aren’t they adorable?

  • Reply Marjorie L Estey November 11, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Beautiful card. I like the twine for the laces. Thanks for another helpful tutorial.

  • Reply Carlene Towne November 11, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Great card and tutorial.

  • Reply Candy Spiegel November 11, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I love all of the texture and material you put into the skates … makes them look so real.

  • Reply Selma November 11, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Beautiful card Mary. Love it.

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