Thursday, September 17, 2015

Winter Cottage in the Evergreen Forest (Kathy Berger)

Winter Cottage in the Evergreen Forest
by Kathy Berger

I promise this will be the last card from me for a while. I really want to let you see more stuff from other members of the design team, and I have a lot of drawing to do, but I did want to share one last card that I made and then I will go lock myself in my drawing room.

Most people who know me know that I absolutely hate snow. It is just cold and wet and gets dirty and melts and refreezes. It is just horrible stuff! And with my bum leg, there is just NO way I would want to experience it ever again! (I grew up in New England, so I had my share!)

But as much as I hate snow, I love snowy scenes and snowmen...and I especially love to create snowy Christmas cards! And this is definitely a snowy one!

I started by cutting and assembling my log cabin. I have to tell you this was REALLY fun! I had so many options, but I opted to go all out and use all the structure pieces and one window die and a door. Once I had it assembled I added my snow (a product made by Aleene's) to the roofs of each of the parts of the house. I then set the cabin aside while I prepared the background.

I cut the distant background out of white card-stock using the Evergreen Forest Edger die. I colored the trees with a blue-green Copic marker (things in the distance are bluer than things in the mid ground). I tapped my snow onto my trees using my favorite index finger!

Next I cut my trees for the mid-ground and foreground out of pine green card using the Small Oregon Fir tree and the Small Pine. I added some variation to the color of the card stock with some Copic markers, and then tapped on some snow.

Next I cut my Rail Fence Ribbon out of white card-stock, and colored the rails and posts with brown Copics. I added snow to it, too.

I then cut a snow drift for the foreground out of white card-stock using the Stitched Scene Builder Edgers. I covered that piece with snow.

I wanted a cardinal in the scene, but my cardinal die (part of the Small Birds die set) is too big, so I used a trick. I cut the bird out of red craft foam and used my heat tool to shrink it until it was just the right size.

Finally, it was time to assemble. I cut a card panel of white card-stock and sponged a cloudy sky on it. I then added the background evergreens. All the layers above that one were added with foam tape, from the background to the foreground.

Here is another view of the finished card. I hope you like it!

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*** Materials for this project available at


  1. Anonymous9:24 AM

    Looks like hours of work went into your pretty....looks like a painting with dimension. Jan D., FL

    1. Thanks, Jan. It actually went pretty quickly, considering the number of pieces involved in making it. It was really a lot of fun to do. I will be making a bunch of these, since it will be the card I send to family and close friends. :)

  2. Absolutely Beautiful!!! Stunning card!!!
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  3. Gosh Kathy this is beautiful. You would not believe this was made from die cuts. What a magical card to receive.

  4. Gorgeous scenic card, thanks for joining us at Allsorts, xxxx

  5. Wonderful texture! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Allsorts challenge this week.