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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Glitter Snowflake Card

I also couldn't do a Christmas card series without a snowflake card.  I love snowflake cards, there is something very beautiful about the shapes, symmetry and the variety.  
This card I have done with non-traditional colours, really it would look good with any colours, you could do it in pink, soft blue, electric blue, it would look stunning in red and white, lots of possibilities. 

I have used a range of snowflake dies, there are lots out there, and arranged four of them onto a card panel that is slightly smaller than the purple glitter card piece I have to go behind it, which in turn is just slightly smaller than the card base.  

I ran the dies through my Ebosser, but I made sure I left all the dies and pieces still in the dies.  I flipped it over and put glue on all the internal pieces and the circumference of the dies and card and then flipped it back over and stuck it down on to the glitter card, making sure it was centred.  

Then came the tricky part,  I used my pockey tool to push through the holes of the die, to stick the little internal bits onto the glitter card, so that I just pulled off the snowflake die cut leaving all the negative pieces.  If they came away, I stuck them down using the snowflake die to align it where I could.  This was a bit fidly especially with the large die, as it is very intricate, but I managed to do it, and I think it looks beautiful!

The next thing I did was cut out a few more of the dies and then glued the die cuts onto and around the negative snowflakes to fill in the areas.  

Finally a purple satin bow and a sentiment and then gluing the panel onto the card base and the card is finished.  

If you would like to see the video of making this card it is here

The materials I have used for this card are
Range of snowflake dies in different brands
Card base White linen card 5 x 7"
Purple glitter card slightly smaller than this
White linen card panel 4 5/8 x 6 5/8"
Spare card for the snowflake die cuts
SSS Warm Wishes stamp set
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Misti stamping tool
Cosmic Shimmer glue
Quilled precision glue bottle
Washi tape
2cm or 3/4 inch purple satin ribbon
Pockie or Deet tool
Quick stick tool
Rubber, pencil and scissors
EK success tweezers
Double sided tape

I hope you enjoyed this card and video,
I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season
I will be back with more posts and videos early next year.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas Scene Bauble Card

I couldn't do a series of Christmas cards without doing a shaker card.  This one I have tried to create a winter tree scene for inside the bauble and to have snow for the shaker material.


I started doing my shaker background with a piece of Tim Holtz water colour card, and masked off an area for a snow bank at the bottom, and the moon/sun and then blended a background using tumbled glass, salty ocean and blueprint sketch distress inks.  Then removed the snow bank mask at the bottom and lightly with the tumbled glass blended in another slightly different shaped snow bank below the first one.  

Then I replaced the top snowbank mask and stamped two trees using an old wooden tree stamp I had, and then removed that snowbank mask, and replaced the second one and stamped two more trees, so they looked like they were more in the foreground.  

Finally I put some snow using a Simon says stamp stencil called falling snow and some texture paste mixed with some iridescent glitter.

To make the actual card, I cut out a circle with a circle die out of the front of my card panel and also with a slightly bigger circle die, I cut a circle into a piece of craft foam.  I stuck down a piece of acetate over the back of the cut circle on my card panel, and then stuck down the craft foam onto that.  I made sure I went thoroughly around the aperture with double side tape on both sides of the craft foam, as I didn't want any of my chunky glitter to fall out.  I had forgotten to put my sentiment onto the card front, so with my misti I stamped the sentiment.

Finally I put the background onto my card base, filled the card panel up with some chunky white glitter that looked like snow and adhered them together.  

Finally I used the very top 'hanger' part of a Christmas ornament die I had to make a hanger for this bauble. and that was the card finished.

If you would like to see the video of making this card it is here

The materials I have used for this card are

Spellbinder Circle die in two sizes
Card base and panel is White linen card 5 x 7"
Small piece of silver foil paper
Paper Artist 3 Lacy ornaments dies
SSS Warm Wishes stamp set
Versafine Onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Tim Holtz water colour card
post-it notes for masking
Distress inks tumbled glass, salty ocean & blueprint sketch
Ranger mini blending tool and sponges
Misti stamping tool
Craft Foam 
Ranger Non stick mat
Stampfantastic wooden tree stamp
SSS falling snow stencil
Ranger texture paste
Iridescent glitter
White chunky glitter for snow

I hope you will have a go at making something similar to this card, it was really quite easy, and everyone loves a shaker card at Christmas.  
Happy card making